If there’s one thing that air travelers universally need to navigate is TSA requirements. These requirements are in place in every airport inside the United States. So anytime you travel, whether it’s locally or internationally, you will need to comply to board your flight.
For some, this can feel frustrating, mostly due to the long lines people encounter at airports. But these are put in place to ensure travel safety.
The good news is there are things you can do to ensure you get through those TSA lines with no problems and off on your flights in minutes.
That’s what we’re going to cover in this post, think of it as a beginner’s guide to TSA Requirements.
By far, the biggest place where travelers get in trouble with the TSA is they ignore the 3-1-1 Rule. This rule means you cannot carry liquid on board larger than 3.4 ounces (100 millimeters). These bottles should be kept in a quart sized clear plastic bag.
That includes things like liquid soap, shampoo, and moisturizer. It also includes aerosol sprays like deodorant or allergy sprays.
The best course of action, especially if you’re a frequent traveler, is to purchase small travel bottles that are TSA approved for liquids, and knowing how to appropriately pack.
If you keep your electronics in your carry on luggage, you need to be prepared to remove these out of your bag for separate screening. This includes items like your phone, laptop, and tablets. It is also important to make sure your electronic devices are shut off as you go through security screenings as well.
Know the Prohibited Items
There are some items that cannot be taken in your carry on bag at all. If you do try to bring these in your bag, you’ll likely see an additional screening and will have these items taken from you.
Here are a few of the items you cannot bring with you on a flight: ammunition, hatchets, box cutters, cigar cutters, crowbars, gel-type candles, party poppers, and pepper spray.
If you are unsure about what you can and cannot pack you can check the “TSA What Can I Bring” list? This is especially important to check for medications and mothers who are breast feeding. More likely than not, you’ll be able to get special permission from the airline to travel.
More Helpful Tips
There are some other easy things you can do to ensure that you pass through TSA screening quickly. Here are a few suggestions:
- Avoid wearing belts
- Avoid shoes with lots of laces or that are difficult to remove
- Put any metal objects like your keys, coins, or watches in your carry on bag
- Have your 3-1-1 bag at the top of your carry-on so it can be pulled out easily
- Have your electronics shut off and easily accessible
- Carry any special permission notes and travel documents in your pocket, so they will be ready for display
- If you are wearing a heavy coat or sweat-shirt remove it before you get in the screening line
Being prepared and knowing the TSA requirements before you head out to the airport can help ensure you have a safe and easy travel process for not only yourself but other travelers as well.