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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
MyTSA app

Today’s tip is about the “Can I Bring My____?” tool, one of the many great features of the My TSA App.

The app’s “Can I Bring my _________?” feature enables you to type in a certain item to see if it’s permitted by TSA. It has more than 3,500 items in the database, many submitted by passengers. When using this feature on the app, after you type the first three letters of the word, you’ll see a pop-up menu of potential matches. Look for the item you want and click on it, or type the whole word and you’ll get an answer. If you don’t get any options that pop up or get the “Item Not Found” response, it could be because you misspelled the word in the first three letters, or used unnecessary adjectives or qualifiers with the item.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the “Can I Bring.” tool:

  • If you want to know if you can bring your knitting needles, you do not need to type “my knitting needles,” or include the brand name of the knitting needles, or how many knitting needles you are packing. Just type “knitting needles.
  • For liquids, you don’t have to type in the size of the container, such as “12 ounce bottle of shampoo.” Just type “shampoo” and the answer will explain the rule for packing liquids, aerosols and gels tell you what you can bring through the checkpoint and what has to be packed in a checked bag.
Web Version of "Can I Bring My_____?" Tool

If you do not have a smartphone, the tool is also available on our web page!

See you next Tuesday with more travel tips!

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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