De-clutter Your Carry On
- The secret to getting through security smoothly is to de-clutter your carry-on bag. This lets the Transportation Security Officers get a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of your carry-on.
- When possible, pack liquids and gels in checked baggage. You'll get through security faster.
- If you must pack liquids and gels into your carry-on items, know the 3-1-1 rule. 3-ounce or smaller containers of liquid or gel; 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip top bag holding 3 ounce or less containers of liquid or gel; 1 bag per traveler placed in the security bin. If in doubt, pack liquids in checked baggage.
- Only pack the items you're actually going to need. Often items such as hairdryers, beach towels, bathrobes and more are provided by the hotel. And don't pack extra "just in case" clothing. They add to the weight and bulk of your bags, are unneccesary and by the end of your trip, you'll have wished you'd left the extras at home.
- The limit of one carry-on and one personal item (purse, briefcase or computer case) does not currently apply to medical supplies, equipment, mobilitiy aides or assistive devices carried or used by a person with a disabililty.
Let Us Know
- Notify your airline or travel agent in advance if you need assistance at the airport. Your airline can help you through the airport facility and the screening line.
- If you need someone to accompany you through the security checkpoint to reach your gate, ask your airline representative about getting a gate pass for your companion before you enter the security checkpoint.
- If you have medical documentation about your medical condition or disability, you can present this information to the security officer to help inform him or her of your situation. TSA doesn't require this documentation and it will not exempt you from the security screening process.
Identify Your Things
- Make sure to have an identification tag on all your carry-on items, equipment, mobility aids, and devices.
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