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Summer Travel

Significant Travel Days

As the busy summer travel season gets underway, TSA reminds passengers to prepare for the airport security screening process before arriving at the airport. Passengers who are prepared for security before they reach the checkpoint help make the process easier for themselves and other passengers.

Enhance your screening experience during the summer travel season.

Moving away from a “one size fits all” screening approach, TSA offers an opportunity to navigate the screening process with as few interruptions as possible. TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening allows passengers to keep on shoes, light jackets, and a belt, via participating airlines out of select airports. Laptops, large electronics and permissible liquids stay in your carry-on baggage. Obtaining TSA Pre✓™ may take a couple of weeks, so apply now to be ready for summer travel. To find the most convenient application center, visit the UES locator.

Travel tools

My TSA mobile applicationMy TSA app
The MyTSA mobile application provides travelers with 24/7 access to the most commonly requested TSA information on their mobile device. No matter where you are this summer, you’ll have easy access to information you need to get through security and onto the plane safely and smoothly.

Travelers can use the “Can I bring my…” app to check what items are allowed/not allowed in carry–on and checked baggage. Items that are purchased after the security checkpoint have been prescreened and can be taken on the plane.

Download the iOS and Android versions of the My TSA app on iTunes and Google Play. To access the mobile web version of My TSA on any mobile device visit

TSA Summer Travel ChecklistTSA’s travel checklist
This easy to follow checklist helps you prepare for travel prior to arrival at the airport. Download TSA's Travel Checklist (pdf, 633 kb)

More tips for summer travel
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.

Need help?

General packing and screening questions and information:
Call: 1-866-289-9673 or

Latest revision: 22 July 2014