November 6, 2012 –

HolidayTravel Tips

Before Packing

  • Quart sized zip top bag (Hint: 1 bag per passenger is permitted)
  •  3 ounces or less sized containers of liquids, gels and aerosols (3-1-1)
  • Visit TSA’s website to review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage
  • If purchasing a luggage lock, be sure to look for those that are recognized by TSA
  • It can be helpful to tape a card with your name and contact information on any large electronics (like laptops)

When Packing

  • Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.)
  • Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for easy accessibility
  • Place your 3-1-1 bag with liquids, gels and aerosols in the front pocket of your carry-on for easy accessibility

Before Leaving for Airport

  • Give yourself enough time to arrive at airport early
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • Make sure to have accepted government issued identification and boarding pass if printed at home

Before Entering Checkpoint

  • Be sure to place all items from pockets and any bulky metal jewelry in carry-on bag or purse
  • Have ID and boarding pass out for inspection

After Entering Checkpoint

  • Remove 3-1-1 bag and place in bin
  • Remove shoes and place directly on belt for quick screening
  • Remove coats and jackets and place in bin
  • Remove computers and large electronics from carry on and place in bin alone (video game consoles, remote control toys, etc.)
  • Ensure no items remain in your pockets before proceeding to the walk-through metal detector or imaging technology (keys, cell phones, comb, eyeglasses, etc.)
  • Remember to check bins and collect all belongings following screening

 

For more holiday travel tips, visit www.tsa.gov.