TSA Information and Tips
Whether you are traveling for the first time, or are a seasoned traveler, it doesn't hurt to know the latest safe and happy travel tips from the TSA. Being aware of the regulations can assure you of a pleasant travel experience.
Have acceptable identification.
Want to get through the line faster? Have these items ready. (Check out this link for the full list of tips, including how to pack your bags. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/how-get-through-line-faster)
- Boarding pass
- Arrive on time
- Wear slip on shoes
- Think before you speak. (This one got me too.)
- Prohibited objects (The list is extensive so best to go directly to: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items and check it out, especially if you’re bringing tools to the show. Anything sharp should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury.)
- Liquid rules: 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
- Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience. 3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.
For all the up-to-date regulations, please go to: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information Mobile: www.tsa.gov/mobile
Here are some helpful guidelines for transporting special items from the security perspective. For the most current information visit: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/traveling-special-items
As of January 1, 2008, the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) no longer allows loose lithium batteries in checked baggage.
If you are carrying valuable items such as large amounts of currency, coins or jewelry, we recommend that you ask Security Officers to screen you and your carry-on luggage in private. This will maintain your security and avoid public scrutiny.
Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. Items needed are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside which cannot go through the checkpoint and must go in your checked baggage.
As of August 4, 2007, in an effort to concentrate resources on detecting explosive threats, TSA will no longer ban common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lighters remain banned in carry-ons. You may not bring matches in your checked baggage because of safety regulations. You may, however, bring one book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches in your carry-on baggage or on your person. For safety reasons, you may not bring "strike anywhere" matches at all.
If you have a service animal, you are encouraged to inform the Security Officer that the animal accompanying you is a service animal and not a pet. This will provide you with an opportunity to move to the front of the screening line since the Security Officer may need to spend more time with you. It is recommended that persons using an animal for assistance carry appropriate identification. Identification may include: cards or documentation, presence of a harness or markings on the harness, or other credible assurance of the passenger using the animal for their disability. More information available at: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/service-animals