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Spring Break

Learn how risk-based security can improve your checkpoint screening experience during the busy spring break travel season.

Moving away from a “one size fits all” screening approach, TSA now offers an opportunity to navigate the process with as few interruptions as possible. TSA Pre✓™ Expedited Screening allows passengers to walk through screening while wearing shoes, a light jacket and a belt. Laptops, large electronics and permissible liquids stay in your carry-on baggage. There are a number of ways you can be approved for this consideration – all involve volunteering information about yourself prior to flying.

TSA’s Travel Checklist

Spring Break Travel

TSA Pre✓™ Expedited Screening: This program prescreens individuals - traveling on participating airlines out of select airports - who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the screening experience. At the checkpoint, participants may receive screening benefits including leaving on shoes, light jackets and belts.

Screening Procedures for Passengers 12 and Under: TSA conducts modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and under that allow such passengers to leave their shoes on through the security checkpoints.

Screening Procedures for Passengers 75 and Older: TSA conducts modified screening procedures for passengers 75 and older. Changes are similar to screening procedures for passengers 12 and under and improve screening by better focusing resources on passengers who may be more likely to pose a risk.

TSA Cares Helpline: Travelers with disabilities or medical conditions may call 1-855-787-2227 toll free with questions about screening policies and procedures as well as what to expect at the security checkpoint. When a passenger calls TSA Cares, a representative will provide assistance either with information that is relevant to the passenger’s specific need or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA.

The 3-1-1 Policy for Liquids, Gels, and Aerosols
Liquid explosives still pose a threat and for that reason TSA limits the amount of liquids passengers can safely carry through the security checkpoint. This limitation applies only to carry-on bags. Larger quantities of liquids, gels, and aerosols can be safely packed in checked baggage.
Here are the rules:

  • 3.4 ounces (100ml)  or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols per container; placed in a
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles;
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin

Larger quantities of breast milk/baby formula and medically necessary liquids are permitted but must be presented to an officer for further inspection. For more information on traveling with medically necessary liquids, click here.My TSA App

Items that are purchased after the security checkpoint have been prescreened and can be taken on the plane.
The MyTSA App

To provide passengers with 24/7 access to the most commonly requested TSA information on their mobile device, TSA has developed the MyTSA mobile application. No matter where you are, you’ll have easy access to information you need to get through security and onto the plane safely and smoothly. To learn more, click here.

Need Help?

Call the Contact Center toll-free on 866 289-9673 or TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov for questions and information about the security screening process at the airport checkpoint.

Disabilities and Medical Conditions: If you have a disability or medical condition that requires special screening or assistance, please contact TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227. TSA Cares assists travelers with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint prior to flying.

If You See Something, Say Something. It is a shared responsibility to keep our skies safe. Please report suspicious activities to a TSA representative, airline employee, flight crewmember, or airport police.

Latest revision: 18 March 2014