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Things to know about TSA before you travel

Liquids, gels and aerosols packed in carry-on must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:

3.4 ounces or less per container

1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)

1 bag per passenger

 Review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage.

If purchasing a baggage lock, be sure to look for those that are TSA recognized.

Tape a card with your name and contact information on your electronics.


When Packing

Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.)

Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be unloaded, placed in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to your airline.

All fireworks contain explosive materials and are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.

Do not pack items such as box cutters, utility knives, and razors in carry-on luggage. Razor blades intended for shaving enclosed in a safety cartridge in which the blade cannot be removed are permitted.

Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for screening accessibility.

Place your 3-1-1 bag with liquids, gels and aerosols in the front pocket of your carry-on for accessibility.

If traveling with a pet, be sure to bring a leash so carriers can be properly screened.


Before Leaving for the Airport

Give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport early.

Wear easily removable shoes.

Passengers with a disability or medical condition may call ahead to the TSA Cares toll free helpline at (855) 787-2227.


Before Entering the Checkpoint

Eligible passengers look for the TSA Pre


Check® lane for expedited screening at participating airports.

Have your ID and boarding pass out for inspection.


In Standard Screening Lane

Remove the 3-1-1 liquids bag and place it in the bin.

Ensure pockets are empty (keys, tissues, currency, wallets, cell phones, etc.) and remove bulky jewelry (valuable items can be placed in carry-on).

Remove your shoes and place them directly on the X-ray belt.

Remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from your carry-on bag and place them into a bin with nothing placed on or under them for X-ray screening.

(E.g. laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles.)

Remember to check the bins and collect all belongings after going through screening.

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