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What You Should Know to Get Through the Security Checkpoints
The Transportation Safety Administration has provided packing tips to simplify your travel experience through security screening. They include:
- Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers – a layer of clothes, then electronic, more clothes, and then any heavier items. This will help security officers see what’s in your bag.
- Have your boarding pass and government-issued ID ready for inspection when you get to the checkpoint.
- Remove your jacket and shoes and place them in a bin.
- Place any oversized electronics (laptops, full-size video game consoles, DVD players and video cameras that use cassettes) in a separate bin. iPods and other smaller electronics can stay in your carry-on bag.
- Follow the 3-1-1 for carry-ons: 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.
- When in doubt, leave it out. If you’re not sure about whether you can bring an item through the checkpoint, put it in your checked bag or leave it at home.
- Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a package they may have to unwrap your gift.
- Please take your infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector with you. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse your stroller before you get to the metal detector.
Note: Passengers with special circumstances may include travelers with disabilities or medical conditions, Wounded Warriors, passengers who wear specific religious clothing or head coverings and passengers struggling with understanding checkpoint procedures.
Travelers also may request a Passenger Support specialist ahead of time by calling the TSA Cares hotline at 1-855-787-2227.
Go to www.tsa.gov for a complete list of travel rules.