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Summer Travel

Significant Travel Days

Summer travel season is one of the busiest times of the year to navigate through airports. TSA reminds passengers to prepare for the airport security check-in 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. In an effort to alleviate confusion at the security checkpoint, it is important to remember the following tips:

  • 3-1-1 for liquids: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in 1 quart size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening.TSA's Summer Travel Checklist
  • Check for prohibited items: Liquids over 3.4 ounces, firearms and ammunition, flammable or explosive material, disabling chemicals such as mace or pepper spray, and tools greater than 7 inches are all prohibited in carry-on luggage.  You can use the “Can I bring my...” app to check what items are allowed or not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. Smartphone users can easily download the “My TSA” app to quickly find helpful information about TSA policies and procedures.
  • Prepare for security: Have your ID and boarding pass out and remove liquids and large electronics, including laptops, from your carry-on baggage. Remember to remove shoes, outerwear, and bulky jewelry and empty pockets. Place valuable items in your carry-on bag.
  • Know before you go: Check out TSA’s helpful Traveler Information site for more useful information to help ease you through security checkpoints.

As part of TSA’s risk-based security approach, the agency has implemented changes in screening protocols that strengthen aviation security by better focusing its resources and, at the same time, improving the travel experience for lower risk passengers. Summer travelers may be able to take advantage of these risk-based security initiatives at airports across the country.

For further questions about TSA procedures and upcoming travel or to provide feedback or voice concerns please call the TSA Contact Center (TCC) at 866-289-9673, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. ET, and weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET.

Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 855-787-2227, 72 hours prior to traveling with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. A TSA Cares helpline representative is available during all TSA Contact Center hours.

Latest revision: 24 May 2013