Summer Airline Travel Tips

The TSA offers summer travel tips for airline passengers.

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.
  • Visit TSA.gov 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 front pocket of your carry-on for easy accessibility .

Before Leaving for Airport

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

Before Entering Checkpoint

  • Look for Family/Medical Liquids Lanes if special assistance is needed for families.
  • 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-thru metal detector or imaging technology (keys, cell phones, comb, eyeglasses, etc.)
  • Remember to check bins and collect all belongings following screening.
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