Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday – When I Fly, Can I Bring My…?



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Today’s tip is about the “Can I Bring My____?” tool, one of the many great features of the My TSA App.

The app’s “Can I Bring my _________?” feature enables you to type in a certain item to see if it’s permitted by TSA.  It has more than 3,500 items in the database, many submitted by passengers.  When using this feature on the app, after you type the first three letters of the word, you’ll see a pop-up menu of potential matches. Look for the item you want and click on it, or type the whole word and you’ll get an answer.  If you don’t get any options that pop up or get the “Item Not Found” response, it could be because you misspelled the word in the first three letters, or used unnecessary adjectives or qualifiers with the item. 

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the “Can I Bring.” tool:

  • If you want to know if you can bring your knitting needles, you do not need to type “my knitting needles,” or include the brand name of the knitting needles, or how many knitting needles you are packing.  Just type “knitting needles.
  • For liquids, you don’t have to type in the size of the container, such as “12 ounce bottle of shampoo.”  Just type “shampoo” and the answer will explain the rule for packing liquids, aerosols and gels tell you what you can bring through the checkpoint and what has to be packed in a checked bag.
Web Version of Can I Bring Tool
Web Version of "Can I Bring My_____?" Tool

If you do not have a smartphone, the tool is also available on our web page!

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43 comments:

CL Page said...

Hola: Since my preferred carrier for domestic travel is my car, I appreciate "Travel Tip Tuesdays". It's so much easier to use the "Can I bring " feature to determine what is packed in my checked luggage and what I carry on with me, when I fly, instead of guessing. Gracias!

Jim said...

The blotter team has the time to write a post and delete comments, but no time to approve them?

Stef said...

Very handy! When I traveled over the holidays I did have questions about my crochet and crafting gear. :) While I found the info I needed on the TSA website, I'm glad to know this resource is now available!

RB said...

So what happens when some screener decides an item can't go even when it's perfectly ok?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting the "TSA knows more about medical devices than your doctor does" post off the blog's front page. 451 much?

Donna said...

Can a Jewish man wear his yarmulke through the screening area?

GSOLTSO said...

Donna asked - "Can a Jewish man wear his yarmulke through the screening area?"

Yes, we have passengers come through wearing them all the time.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

It must be hard work picking which blog posts to recycle.

http://blog.tsa.gov/2013_08_27_archive.html

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Donna asked - "Can a Jewish man wear his yarmulke through the screening area?"

Yes, we have passengers come through wearing them all the time.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM

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Can a traveler transit a TSA Checkpoint without having their civil rights violated?

Can I bring my "dignity" returns this:

My TSA
HomeHome

Search Results For:

DIGNITY

Item Not Found
Please check the spelling of the item searched and try your search again.

Anonymous said...

When I type in "Service Dog", It brings up "Ice Cream"!

Anonymous said...

Can I bring my Constitutional rights?

"Item Not Found"

I opted to submit "Constitutional rights" as an item for TSA's consideration.

Anonymous said...

Search Results For:

DIGNITY

Item Not Found

You can bring your dignity but will have to leave it at the TSA checkpoint.

Donna said...

West, then why was a Jewish man forced to remove his yarmulke when going through the screening area recently?

"GSOLTSO said... Donna asked - "Can a Jewish man wear his yarmulke through the screening area?"

Yes, we have passengers come through wearing them all the time.

West TSA Blog Team"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"When I type in "Service Dog", It brings up "Ice Cream"!"


I didn't get the same results. You using the right app?

Matt Bille said...

What does a traveler do when this app just returns the same one paragraph of information that's generalized to the point where it answers nothing? I use a walking staff (66 inches long, solid wood, less than one inch in diameter) in preference to a cane, and I've never gotten the same answer twice.

Anonymous said...

In reality, whether or not you can bring something depends on the TSO attitude, how much time they have before the plane leaves, if TSO knows their own rules. Calling for help breaks down at the inspection line.

The "system" is the beguess and begosh method.

Carrie said...

Hey Bob, you now post your Blogger name as "Blogger Bob (TSA Blog Team)." Does that mean you're the entire team? What happened to Lisette? Neil?

Remember when Neil posted, "Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas."

We sure could use that kind of attitude for our tax dollars.

If you are the entire TSA Blog Team, is that why the @TSA Twitter account is just an auto-spam of your Twitter acct? (Not your personal one, the Blog "team" one.)

You've been so very, very quiet lately. I supposed it was because you weren't getting all of the media attention anymore. No one begging for your picture - you know the one. It's a few (several?) years old and your smile is kinda smarmy.

So, time to check in again, Bob. You spend so many hours typing these long, extensively informative posts. Take a break and participate in a discussion and engage in an active exchange of ideas.

Snapshot

RB said...

No updates since

March 12, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Currently 03/14/14 14:40 CDST

GSOLTSO said...

CL Page sez - "It's so much easier to use the "Can I bring " feature to determine what is packed in my checked luggage and what I carry on with me, when I fly, instead of guessing. Gracias!"

You are welcome.

Jim sez - "The blotter team has the time to write a post and delete comments, but no time to approve them?"

We approve them quite often.

Stef sez - "I'm glad to know this resource is now available!"

We are glad you like it, thank you.

Donna sez - "West, then why was a Jewish man forced to remove his yarmulke when going through the screening area recently?"

I am unaware of the story/incident you are indicating here. Please include a link so I may learn more about it.

Anon sez - "When I type in "Service Dog", It brings up "Ice Cream"!"

I have to echo the anonymous that posted after you, I got something completely different. The answer I got refers you to the individual airlines for regulations on service animals, and indicates that you will not be separated from your service animal during screening.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

It was not a Jewish man, it was a female Jewish scholar. I find it very suspicious on the part of the TSA that the search was triggered by a newspaper she was carrying.

http://nypost.com/2014/02/07/tsa-stopped-jewish-scholar-for-reading-a-conservative-paper/

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "It was not a Jewish man, it was a female Jewish scholar."

First, I do not have any information on this incident other than what has been posted in the press. Second, I do not see any mention of the allowance or disallowance of a Yarmulke in this story. To answer your original question again, the Yarmulke is something we see all day everyday, and people wishing to wear one should have no problem coming through screening.

West
TSA Blog Team

Mike Toreno said...

Hey, West, what are the rules about bringing breast milk through the checkpoint? Medical liquids in general? Were the clerks who violated the rules and falsely imprisoned Stacey Armato fired? This happened in 2010, and an answer to that question would be more useful than the unremarkable observation that out of millions of passengers, 100 or so bring guns, of which 30 are found.

GSOLTSO said...

Mike Toreno sez - "Hey, West, what are the rules about bringing breast milk through the checkpoint? Medical liquids in general?"

I found the information you are requesting here by using the very feature this post is about. Here is the most pertinent information regarding medical liquids and breast milk as quoted from the app.

"Medically required liquids, such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container. We recommend, but do not require, that medication be labeled to facilitate the security process. Many airports have designated lanes for families and individuals with items requiring additional assistance with screening."

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...Mike Toreno sez - "Hey, West, what are the rules about bringing breast milk through the checkpoint? Medical liquids in general?"I found the information you are requesting here by using the very feature this post is about. Here is the most pertinent information regarding medical liquids and breast milk as quoted from the app."Medically required liquids, such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container. We recommend, but do not require, that medication be labeled to facilitate the security process. Many airports have designated lanes for families and individuals with items requiring additional assistance with screening." West TSA Blog Team
 March 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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So why did TSA hold Stacey Amato hostage ?

Mike Toreno said...

Hey West, what about the answer to the second part of my question:

Were the clerks who violated the rules and falsely imprisoned Stacey Armato fired?

Oh, and another question. Has any member of the TSA blog team ever been fired for dishonesty?

GSOLTSO said...

Mike Toreno sez - "Were the clerks who violated the rules and falsely imprisoned Stacey Armato fired?

Oh, and another question. Has any member of the TSA blog team ever been fired for dishonesty?"

I have no information about Stacy Armato that has not already been posted, hence the no-answer.

Not to my knowledge.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Mike Toreno sez - "Were the clerks who violated the rules and falsely imprisoned Stacey Armato fired?

Oh, and another question. Has any member of the TSA blog team ever been fired for dishonesty?"

I have no information about Stacy Armato that has not already been posted, hence the no-answer.

Not to my knowledge.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

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So what happened to Paul?

RB said...

Mike Toreno said...
Hey West, what about the answer to the second part of my question:

Were the clerks who violated the rules and falsely imprisoned Stacey Armato fired?

Oh, and another question. Has any member of the TSA blog team ever been fired for dishonesty?

March 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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Ever notice how TSA, and the blog team in particular, never know anything about these types of events?

Kinda looks like TSA is trying to hide something, eh!

Anonymous said...

West, HOW dishonest would a member of the TSA blog team have to be to get fired? (Bearing in mind, of course, that your agency lies to the public as a matter of course!)

Mike Toreno said...

But West, the Stacey Armato incident happened in 2010. It should be easy enough to find out if the clerks involved were fired for their violation of the rules. Why don't you make some calls and find out, and if they weren't fired, tell us why.

Why haven't any members of the TSA blog team ever been fired for dishonesty? Doesn't the TSA have rules against dishonesty?

GSOLTSO said...

Rb sez - "So what happened to Paul?"

Paul who?

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Rb sez - "So what happened to Paul?"

Paul who?

West
TSA Blog Team

March 19, 2014 at 4:53 AM


This Paul West.

Blogger Paul's Intro

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "This Paul West."

Paul left a few years ago, as to where he went or what he is doing now, I have no idea.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "This Paul West."

Paul left a few years ago, as to where he went or what he is doing now, I have no idea.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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Come on West. We know he left suddenly after just appearing on the scene.

Was it his promise of trying to publish a list of TSA rules that travelers have to abide by that got him canned or did he get canned because of something else?

Clark said...

Why can't scanners pick up on toxic liquids. I would like to be able to bring my toiletries, etc. when I'm traveling.

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "Was it his promise of trying to publish a list of TSA rules that travelers have to abide by that got him canned or did he get canned because of something else?"

Asked and answered.

Clark sez - "Why can't scanners pick up on toxic liquids"

Sadly at this point, the systems we have available to us, are not designed to detect whether something is toxic. Perhaps in the future, we will have systems that are designed around that premise,, but currently that is not the case.

West
TSA Blog Team

Alex said...

Hey, maybe we can find Paul on LinkedIn. Would be great to catch up. Amazing who can be found on the Internet these days, eh blotter team? Must be why the TSA wants to only allow people to fly if the TSA approves of what people buy and say online.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said..

RB sez - "Was it his promise of trying to publish a list of TSA rules that travelers have to abide by that got him canned or did he get canned because of something else?"
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Asked and answered

West TSA Blog Team

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No it was not answered. Your response is not truthful.

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "No it was not answered. Your response is not truthful."

West said earlier in this same thread - "Paul left a few years ago, as to where he went or what he is doing now, I have no idea."

As for what caused his departure, I have no idea, I did not know Paul, did not interact with Paul - due to that fact, this is going to be my last comment on Paul.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...RB sez - "No it was not answered. Your response is not truthful.

"West said earlier in this same thread - "Paul left a few years ago, as to where he went or what he is doing now, I have no idea."

As for what caused his departure, I have no idea, I did not know Paul, did not interact with Paul - due to that fact, this is going to be my last comment on Paul.

WestTSA Blog Team
March 22, 2014 at 8:42 AM
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Well I have just a few more words about this.

Up thead a poster asked if a TSA blogger had ever been fired for cause. You said not to your knowledge. I asked about Paul. You said Paul left. I asked if it was for his promise to publish a list of rules or something else which seems to have offended you.

You need to understand that Paul was well received by the public. He was a breath of fresh air much like Bob was on day one but had failed to be when Paul arrived on scene. It was sad to see him disappear as suddenly as he did.

I suspect that he was terminated because of something in his new hire background check but that is pure speculation on my part.

I would suggest that you guys find another Paul.

To put it bluntly Bob and crew ain't getting it done!

Donna said...

Hello again, West. It took me a while to find the Twitter comment I refered to in my previous question back on March 12, 2014: "Why was a Jewish man forced to remove his yarmulke when going through the screening area recently?"

I don't know this man personally and do not have a card in this game, as people say, but an @Mottel tweeted "Completely shocked that in 2014 one of your agents in @AUStinAirport would single me out for special check on my yarmulke."

I was pretty darned upset reading that tweet, believe me, which is why I came here to find out more. I can't understand how your answer, West is different than your boss who replied on Twitter "I apologize for the inconvenience, but all headwear is checked, yarmulkes, baseball caps, etc..."

I do not claim to be an expert on terrorism or religious history but it sure seems to me that a yarmulke or other religious clothing is a lot more important to a person than a base ball cap. Does the TSA think the religious clothing of Sikhs, Catholic nuns, and observant Jews is as trivial as a base ball cap?

West, will you please clarify the policy and what a person religious should do when faced with this situation in an airport checkpoint?

I sure hope you see this comment before this post disappears!

GSOLTSO said...

Donna sez - "West, will you please clarify the policy and what a person religious should do when faced with this situation in an airport checkpoint?" - along with other points and comments.

I went to the TSA page and found the wording they have put out for the public, here is what I found -
"Head Coverings
On August 4, 2007, TSA implemented revisions to its screening procedures for head coverings. TSA does not conduct ethnic or religious profiling, and employs multiple checks and balances to ensure profiling does not happen.
All members of the traveling public are permitted to wear head coverings (whether religious or not) through the security checkpoints. The new standard procedures subject all persons wearing head coverings to the possibility of additional security screening, which may include a pat-down search of the head covering. Individuals may be referred for additional screening if the security officer cannot reasonably determine that the head area is free of a detectable threat item. If the issue cannot be resolved through a pat-down search, the individual will be offered the opportunity to remove the head covering in a private screening area.
TSA's security procedures, including the procedures for screening head coverings, are designed to ensure the security of the traveling public. These procedures are part of TSA's multi-layered approach to security screening."

You can read it here if you would like TSA religious and cultural needs.

I hope that gives you some clarity on what can be expected with all forms of headwear/coverings. If you have more questions about it, you can contact the TSA Contact Center at this number - 1-866-289-9673. Thank you for posting Donna.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Donna sez - "West, will you please clarify the policy and what a person religious should do when faced with this situation in an airport checkpoint?" - along with other points and comments.

I went to the TSA page and found the wording they have put out for the public, here is what I found -
"Head Coverings
On August 4, 2007, TSA implemented revisions to its screening procedures for head coverings. TSA does not conduct ethnic or religious profiling, and employs multiple checks and balances to ensure profiling does not happen.
All members of the traveling public are permitted to wear head coverings (whether religious or not) through the security checkpoints. The new standard procedures subject all persons wearing head coverings to the possibility of additional security screening, which may include a pat-down search of the head covering. Individuals may be referred for additional screening if the security officer cannot reasonably determine that the head area is free of a detectable threat item. If the issue cannot be resolved through a pat-down search, the individual will be offered the opportunity to remove the head covering in a private screening area.
TSA's security procedures, including the procedures for screening head coverings, are designed to ensure the security of the traveling public. These procedures are part of TSA's multi-layered approach to security screening."

You can read it here if you would like TSA religious and cultural needs.

I hope that gives you some clarity on what can be expected with all forms of headwear/coverings. If you have more questions about it, you can contact the TSA Contact Center at this number - 1-866-289-9673. Thank you for posting Donna.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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And TSA rules said that Stacey Amato's breast milk could receive screening other than xray. TSA won't even admit that this was handled improperly.

TSA rules said that they don't require removal of clothing but it has up to Strip Searches as reported in New York.

TSA rules says that checkpoint photography is ok but TSA screeners routinely interfere in such events.

What happens when TSA screeners misapply those TSA rules you tell us about?

From my chair I see nothing being done to correct these employees.