Summer travel season is just around the corner. TSA – Transportation Security Administration – has issued some helpful guidelines for speeding through the airport security lines. Here are five tips for your carry on bags:
- Pack an organized, layered carry-on bag. If the TSA screener can identify your items, then it speeds the process. Rather than piling your belongings and electronics in a heap, create a layer of clothes followed by a layer of electronics, then more clothes, and then heavier items. This will help the TSA officers easily identify what’s in your carry on bag.
- Don’t pack the oversized electronics in your carry on bag (DVD players, large video cameras)…put these into checked bags
- Prepare your carry on liquids following the 3-1-1 rules, using the approved clear, zip top bags.
- Pack your jackets and coats (where possible) in your checked wheeled luggage. If you bring them through security, your coats will have to go through the x-ray machine.
- Don’t wrap gifts. TSA officers will have to unwrap them to inspect the contents.
- And, finally, a good rule to remember: ‘If in doubt, leave it out’. If you are unsure whether you can bring an item through the airport security, then either put it in your checked bag or leave it at home.
Pretty simple ideas, that will help you speed your carry on bag through airport security.
Here’s a laugh… my oldest just returned from his school trip to Quebec, Canada. Going there…no problem. Of course, his neurotic mother carefully coached him. Coming home, airport security confiscated his jar of marshmallow fluff. It’s a bit of a mystery to me, as to why the airport security would take marshmallow fluff. It’s not liquid, not stored in glass and is not flammable (and for most of the world over the age of 13, it’s not even edible). Whatever, lesson learned. No fluff allowed! Travel safely and use these tips to speed through the airport!