5 Airport Carry-on Guidelines to Save You Time & Disappointment

The holidays find many of us traveling, sometimes by air, to visit with family or friends.  If you haven’t traveled by air recently, you need to know what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules are, so you can pack your bags, accordingly. Liquid explosives are still considered a threat and because of that the TSA limits the quantity of liquids, gels or aerosols that each passenger is allowed to bring past the security checkpoint in their carry-on luggage.

Read these guidelines, to save yourself time and avoid disappointment:

Guideline 1
Keep in mind that the liquid limitation is applicable only to carry-on bags. If you have a larger quantity of liquid, gels or aerosols that you want to pack make sure to pack them in your checked baggage.

Guideline 2
When packing your carry-on, remember 3-1-1.
 3 Refers to the fact that the bottles you bring on must be 3.4 ounces (or less)
 1 All of the bottles you bring must fit into one quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag.
 1 Each passenger is only allowed one quart-size bag.

Guideline 3
Keep in mind that the regulated liquid, gel or aerosol items do not just refer to what you would find in your personal toiletry bag. It may be surprising to know that your family-sized container of homemade cranberry sauce, or the trio of 5 ounce jars of salsas or jellies you have stashed in your carry-on aren’t going to make it past the security checkpoint.

Here is a partial list of other items to not to put in your carry-on baggage, if they are in a 3.4 ounce container or larger:
• Perfumes and lotions
• Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
• Gift baskets with food items (see other items listed for types of items)
• Gravies and sauces
• Jams and jellies
• Maple syrup
• Oil, vinegar or  salad dressing
• Salsa
• Snow globes
• Soups
• Wine, liquor and beer (purchased before the security checkpoint)

Guideline 4
The Exceptions:
Larger quantities of breast milk or baby formula or liquids necessary for medical reasons are permitted. However, they must be shown to the TSA officer for closer inspection.

Pies and cakes are allowed through the security checkpoint, but be warned that they are likely to be put through extra screening.

Guideline 5
Wrapped gifts are allowed but may slow your progress through the checkpoint. You may be required to un-wrap the gift, if the security check raises questions about the package. The TSA recommends wrapping the gifts after the flight or having them shipped to your final destination before you leave home.

Knowing the guidelines for carry-on bags will go a long way to keeping your travels in sync with the holly, jolly spirit of the season. If you wish to find out more, you can check out the TSA mobile app.

All of us here at Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge Agency are wishing you safe and happy travels.