Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TSA Travel Tips: Memorial Day & Summer Travel



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It was a long and hard winter, but summer is in the air! Memorial Day is just around the corner and before you know it, you’ll be wearing white slacks and funning in the sun. This post provides links to a cornucopia of answers to questions that travelers frequently ask us. In addition to this post, be sure to visit our travel tips at TSA.gov and download the summer travel checklist (pdf, 430kb).

TSA Recognized Locks: Want to lock your checked baggage? Be sure to read this post first.

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Pack Smart: Pack smart and get through the line faster!

Destination Weddings: Getting married soon? Be sure to check this post out for some great tips.

3-1-1- Baggie of Liquids
Liquids, Gels & Aerosols: If you’re checking a bag, make things simple by packing liquids in your checked luggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rules. If you’re concerned about them leaking, do what I do and put them in a zip-top bag. However, I know that doesn’t work for everyone if you’re only bringing a carry-on bag. If you have to take liquids in your carry-on, please continue reading… You can read here for more details: each passenger is allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or less sized containers that will fit in one sealed clear quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person.  Make sure you take the zip-top bag out of your carry-on prior to sending it through the X-ray.

Here is some information on frequently asked liquid, aerosol and gel items:

  • Deodorant: Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz. or less, but gel or spray deodorant is.
  • Powdered Toothpaste: This is fine in both checked and carry-on bags and does not apply to the 3-1-1 rules.
  • Suntan & Sun Block Lotion: Lotions – both pump and aerosol - fall under the procedures that I mentioned above. Sun block sticks do not fall under this rule.
  • Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer, and all of your favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz. or less bottles in your carry-on bags in the baggie.
  • Gel Inserts for shoes are now permitted.
  • Foods: Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags or shipped: creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, dressings), jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces and soups.

Family camping.
Camping, Backpacking, or Fishing: If you’re heading to the great outdoors, be sure to check out this post for tips on traveling with camping and fishing gear.

Lose Something? Find all of our lost & found contacts for each airport here.

Traveling With a Pet: TSA does not prohibit travel with pets. However, it is very important that you contact your airline first so they can let you know about any requirements, fees, or restrictions they might have. Read here for more information.

Military Seals
Military Travel: If you’re traveling this summer as a member of the U.S. Armed forces, be sure to read the travel tips at this post.

Traveling With Children: Did you know that children 12 and under can keep their shoes on? If you’re going on a family trip this summer, be sure to click here for more tips. 

My TSA Application Screen ShotShaving Razors: What kinds of razors can you pack in your carry-on? You can get more info from our blog post on this subject where the pictures will answer all of your questions.

The MyTSA App: Want TSA information anywhere, anytime?  Use the MyTSA app. Among the great features, there’s a “Can I Bring My…” tool. Want to know if you can pack a certain item? This is the tool for you. Type in the name of the item you’re curious about and it tells you if the item is permitted or not, along with packing tips. This isn’t a Magic 8 Ball, so please don’t expect it to prophetically answer yes and no questions. A wait time feature is also available. It relies on crowd sourcing, which means the more people who use it, the better. 

Forgotten or Lost IDs: If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you will still be permitted to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions. Read this post for more information.

Medication
Medication: One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication.” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers. Here are a few tips that you might find helpful.
Dry Ice: Did you know that you can take dry ice in your carry-on or in checked baggage? Read here to find out how to use dry ice to keep your favorite Thanksgiving vittles preserved while traveling.
Scuba GearScuba Diving: Traveling with diving gear this summer? Read this post from our resident diving expert for tips and travel information.

Jewelry: Should you remove jewelry or keep it on to go through security? The answer, in most cases is that you can keep it on, but there are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is. Read this post for more information. 
ID Examples
Forgotten or Lost IDs: If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you will still be permitted to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions. Read this post for more information. 

Sporting Goods: Golf clubs, baseball bats (including the mini slugger bats), cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, scuba knives, spear guns, etc. are all prohibited from being carried onto the plane. However, you can place them in your checked baggage.

Mosquito
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Insect Repellents – They are permitted in your carry-on bags and checked baggage. The liquid limits apply when carrying these in your carry-on bags.

Batteries – You can’t go anywhere without some kind of battery these days. Read this post to learn about what types of batteries you can travel with. 
 
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TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

Lastly, if you have any questions that aren’t covered here, please reach out to the TSA Contact Center. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Eastern Time; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Eastern Time. The TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673. Passengers can also reach out to the TSA Contact Center with questions about TSA procedures, upcoming travel or to provide feedback or voice concerns.  

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17 comments:

RB said...

Can I take an empty container of sufficient size so I can pour all of my TSA Guarenteed Safe 3.4 ounce bottles into it?

Anonymous said...

Caveat: I am a traveling geek (laptop, tablet, 2 smart phones, etc), and usually the guy who seems to be holding up the line while unloading his "office" into multiple bins.

At the risk of being accused of "being nice" to the TSA, I would like to submit the following suggestions:

Those annoying zip-lock baggies have more uses than just putting your liquids in. I pack my laptop power supply & cable in one, put my USB cables and mouse in another, etc and so forth. Get one of those neoprene sleeves for your laptop/tablet and don't put anything in it other than your laptop/tablet. If you need to, label your cables so you can easily reassemble your rig. Bag your flash drives together. Ty to set up your carry-on bag so you can unpack and the repack it in 10 seconds.

The only problem I've ever had with this scheme was when I was in SFO. Lets just say that SFO's TSOs could _really_ use some remedial training. Especially when it comes to recognizing what an external hard drive is and looks like. Knowing how not to damage one is another (good clue: don't turn up the x-ray scanner to full power and then try and read the serial numbers on semiconductors.)

Last I knew, the DoD CAC was recognized by the TSA as "legit" identification. A few at SFO seem to have missed the memo. Which is odd, since it is a DoD intensive city. Professional jealousy, maybe? Or possibly it is just paycheck envy.

RB said...

Many of us wonder just what is wrong with TSA. Given that TSA is an agency of DHS I think the answer is fairly clear.

"According to The Washington Post, the planned headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, is 11 years behind schedule and $1.5 billion over budget, and officials are increasingly considering just calling the whole project a mulligan."

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"... each passenger is allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or less sized containers that will fit in one sealed clear quart-sized zip-top bag"

Because remember! 7 three-ounce bottles of liquids are completely safe but that 16 ounce bottle of water of could be a hazard to air travel.

Jon S. said...

So when a screener decides to go rogue and try to steal, er, confiscate property that is listed as allowed on the many links listed here, we can show the screener the original post and the current link to it and said rogue screener will stop trying to take our property?

Words are wind if screeners are allowed to deny our rights and make up their own rules.

Susan Richart said...

RB wrote:

" Many of us wonder just what is wrong with TSA. Given that TSA is an agency of DHS I think the answer is fairly clear.

"According to The Washington Post, the planned headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, is 11 years behind schedule and $1.5 billion over budget, and officials are increasingly considering just calling the whole project a mulligan."

Don't forget, RB, that the project was to be built on the site of an old mental asylum.

Fitting, isn't it?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

GSOLTSO said...

Rb sez - "Can I take an empty container of sufficient size so I can pour all of my TSA Guarenteed Safe 3.4 ounce bottles into it? "

Yes, empty containers are allowed.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

 GSOLTSO said...Rb sez - "Can I take an empty container of sufficient size so I can pour all of my TSA Guarenteed Safe 3.4 ounce bottles into it? "Yes, empty containers are allowed.WestTSA Blog TeamMay 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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And here's your sign!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said . . . "The only problem I've ever had with this scheme was when I was in SFO. Lets just say that SFO's TSOs could _really_ use some remedial training." May 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

SFO uses a private security company. And people constantly tout private security as a panacea. Oops.

Jon S. said...
So when a screener decides to go rogue and try to steal, er, confiscate property that is listed as allowed on the many links listed here, we can show the screener the original post and the current link to it and said rogue screener will stop trying to take our property?
Words are wind if screeners are allowed to deny our rights and make up their own rules.
May 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM


Jon, good luck with that. As we know from copious evidence, screeners ignore print-outs from the TSA website all the time and make up new "rules" on the spot.

Will this comment appear? I can only hope a screen shot will help.

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
Rb sez - "Can I take an empty container of sufficient size so I can pour all of my TSA Guarenteed Safe 3.4 ounce bottles into it? "

Yes, empty containers are allowed.

West
TSA Blog Team
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Why are several small 3.4 oz containers of liquid allowed but one 20 oz bottle of water or soda prohibited? The volume of liquid is the same.

If it wasn't an inconvenience to other passengers, I've always felt like bringing a large bottle of water, several small containers, and a funnel to the airport. I would pour the large bottle of water into the smaller containers before the checkpoint, go through the checkpoint, and then refill the large bottle. That shows how silly the liquid restrictions are. Volume is volume so who cares if I have something in one large bottle or several small bottles.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous writes:
Why are several small 3.4 oz containers of liquid allowed but one 20 oz bottle of water or soda prohibited? The volume of liquid is the same.
If it wasn't an inconvenience to other passengers, I've always felt like bringing a large bottle of water, several small containers, and a funnel to the airport. I would pour the large bottle of water into the smaller containers before the checkpoint, go through the checkpoint, and then refill the large bottle. That shows how silly the liquid restrictions are. Volume is volume so who cares if I have something in one large bottle or several small bottles.
May 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM


Now, now, you're talking logic, and you know logic isn't allowed!

RB said...

Anonymous said...Anonymous writes:Why are several small 3.4 oz containers of liquid allowed but one 20 oz bottle of water or soda prohibited? The volume of liquid is the same. If it wasn't an inconvenience to other passengers, I've always felt like bringing a large bottle of water, several small containers, and a funnel to the airport. I would pour the large bottle of water into the smaller containers before the checkpoint, go through the checkpoint, and then refill the large bottle. That shows how silly the liquid restrictions are. Volume is volume so who cares if I have something in one large bottle or several small bottles. May 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Now, now, you're talking logic, and you know logic isn't allowed!May 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM
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TSA seems to believe that 1 quart zip top bags renders explosive LGA's harmless.

Wintermute said...

GSOLTSO said...
Rb sez - "Can I take an empty container of sufficient size so I can pour all of my TSA Guarenteed Safe 3.4 ounce bottles into it? "

Yes, empty containers are allowed.


West, you DO realize you just admitted to the absurdity of the 3.4oz rule, don't you?

RB said...

Wintermute said...
GSOLTSO said...
Rb sez - "Can I take an empty container of sufficient size so I can pour all of my TSA Guarenteed Safe 3.4 ounce bottles into it? "

Yes, empty containers are allowed.

West, you DO realize you just admitted to the absurdity of the 3.4oz rule, don't you?


May 26, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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While I agree with you I'm betting West won't.

The liquid restrictions aren't based on any threat analysis and serve no purpose other than to make travel difficult which seems to be TSA's main objective.

Wintermute said...

RB said...

"While I agree with you I'm betting West won't.

"The liquid restrictions aren't based on any threat analysis and serve no purpose other than to make travel difficult which seems to be TSA's main objective."

Oh, I know West won't agree with me in public, even if he did in private.

It's also very apparent that TSA has nothing to do with safety, even though it's part of their department's name. If it did, then the 3.4oz rule would be replaced by something more sane, like, I don't know... Testing to see if a liquid explosive plot is actually viable (hint: it's not)... and other such actual risk assessment.

RB said...

Susan Richart said...

Don't forget, RB, that the project was to be built on the site of an old mental asylum.

Fitting, isn't it?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

May 24, 2014 at 6:36 AM
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I can't think of a more appropriate place for DHS.

RB said...

Anonymous Wintermute said...
RB said...

"While I agree with you I'm betting West won't.

"The liquid restrictions aren't based on any threat analysis and serve no purpose other than to make travel difficult which seems to be TSA's main objective."

Oh, I know West won't agree with me in public, even if he did in private.

It's also very apparent that TSA has nothing to do with safety, even though it's part of their department's name. If it did, then the 3.4oz rule would be replaced by something more sane, like, I don't know... Testing to see if a liquid explosive plot is actually viable (hint: it's not)... and other such actual risk assessment.

May 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM
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Yes, the honesty required for such admissions is sadly missing at TSA.