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Packing Tips – What’s Legal & What’s Not

As a service to our clients we have provided the following information, in list form, regarding what is legal to take with you when you travel by air, and whether it is legal for packing in your carryon luggage and/or just your checked luggage. In some cases there are quantity limitations and TSA does have strict policies on how some items are presented to them for inspection. We strongly advise that you take a look at the list provided rather than suffer inconvenience at the airport and be subject to fine and/or miss your plane due to delay. If you have any questions regarding the national policies you see listed below, please, do not hesitate to contact us.

What Can I Bring?

Air travelers may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

The following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols carried through security checkpoints.

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3oz. or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be 3oz. or smaller.
  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
  • Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

 

There are exceptions for baby formula, breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines (see details below).

Please keep in mind that these rules were developed after extensive research and understanding of current threats. They are intended to help air travelers bring essential toiletries and other liquids, gels and aerosols for short trips. If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such as toothpaste or shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline.

To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3oz. of the following liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary (all exceptions must be presented to the security officer in front of the checkpoint):

  • Baby formula, breast milk, and juice for infants and toddlers.
  • All prescription and over the counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes
  • Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition
  • Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids
  • Frozen gels/liquids are permitted if required to cool medical and infant/child exemptions. Frozen gels/liquids for any other purpose are not permitted.

 

You are allowed reasonable amounts over 3oz. of the items above in your carry-on baggage, but you will need to perform the following:

  • Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
  • Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
  • Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.

 

We have also taken steps to ensure the security of the boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. Please note that if you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport the current rules (see above) for carry-ons apply.

In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage. We strongly encourage travelers to read more about previously prohibited items to avoid complications during screening.

It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.

This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.

Makeup, Medication, Personal Items & Special Needs Devices

The following items may be taken in your carryon luggage as long as they are in a 3oz or smaller container. They may be packed in your suitcase and checked in your luggage in regular sizes as well as the 3 oz. or smaller container size. But you will want to keep in mind that the larger size will add to overall weight of your checked luggage and could put you over the 50lb per bag limit.

Aerosol spray bottles and cans

All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.

Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers

Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents

Cigar Cutters

Corkscrews

Cuticle Cutters

Cuticle Cutters

Eye Drops

Eyeglass Repair Tools – including screwdrivers

Eyelash Curlers

Gel filled bras and similar prosthetics- Gel filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.

Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol.

Hair Straightener or Detangler

Knitting and Crochet Needles

Lip gels such as Blistex

Liquid Lip glosses or other liquids for lips

Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled

Liquid foundations

Liquid gel or spray perfumes and colognes

Liquid sanitizers

Liquid soaps

Liquid Mascara

Makeup removers or facial cleansers

Mouthwash

Nail Clippers

Nail Files

Nail Polish Removers

Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills.

Personal lubricants.

Safety Razors – including disposable razors

Saline Solution

Scissors – plastic or metal with blunt tip

Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length.

Shampoos and conditioners

Toothpaste

Toy Transformer Robots

Toy Weapons-if not realistic replicas

Tweezers

Umbrella – allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that published items not concealed.

Walking Cane – allowed in carry-on baggage once they are inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.

Electronic Devices

Camcorders

Camera Equipment – the baggage screening equipment may damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. We recommend that you put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on baggage.

Laptop computers

Mobile Phones

Laptop computers

Mobile Phones

Pagers

The following items may not be carried on the plane in your carryon baggage, but may be packed in your luggage and will pass through security.

Sporting Goods

Baseball Bats

Bows and Arrows

Cricket Bats

Golf Clubs

Hockey Sticks

Lacrosse Sticks

Pool Cues

Pool Cues

Spear Guns

This is not a full list of all items that are allowed for you to include in your carry on and/or checked luggage. For a complete list we would like to refer you to the following site.

http://www.tsa.gov/

You may contact the airline you are traveling on as well for this information or give us a call and we can clarify the rules for you.

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