Spring Forward With TSA’s 2015 Spring Break Travel Tips

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Suitcase on a beach.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and not only are people celebrating, many are gearing up for spring break travel! Below are tips and links to information on some of the most common travel-related questions. While your hotel accommodations might be all inclusive, this list is not, but you can find a wealth of information at our Traveler Information page. If you can’t find it there, you can reach out to the TSA Contact Center.

Passenger Support: Call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 if you or a family member has a disability or medical condition with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling.

TSAprecheck logo.

Expedited Screening: TSA continues to expand TSA Pre✓®, which expedites checkpoint screening for known travelers and active duty service members, with similar benefits for passengers 12 and under and 75 and older. TSA Pre✓® is currently available at 132 airports. Remember, entering incorrect information in your reservations can lead to not being selected for TSA Pre✓®. Visit DHS.gov to learn more about trusted traveler programs that offer expedited screening.

Zip-top bag with a few bottles of travel liquid items

Liquids, Gels & Aerosols: If you’re checking a bag, make things simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rules. If you’re concerned about them leaking, place them in a zip-top bag. However, I know that doesn’t work if you’re only bringing a carry-on bag. If you have to take liquids in your carry-on, please read the liquids rule for more details: each passenger is allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or less sized containers that will fit in one sealed clear quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person. Make sure you take the zip-top bag out of your carry-on prior to sending it through the X-ray.

  • Deodorant: Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray deodorant is.
  • Suntan and Sun Block Lotion: Lotions and aerosol spray lotions fall under the 3-1-1 liquids guidelines. Sunblock sticks do not fall under this rule.
  • Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc. should be placed in the zip-top bag. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine.
  • Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer, and all of your other favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can alsobring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz or less bottles in your carry-on bags in the zip-top bag.

Shaving Razors: In brief, all razors are permitted in checked bags. Disposable razors are permitted in carry-on bags, and safety razors with removable blades are not. Check out the blog post for pictures of examples and more information.

Various sporting goods items.

Sporting Goods: Golf clubs, baseball bats (including the mini slugger bats), cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, scuba knives, spear guns, etc. are all prohibited from being carried onto the plane. However, you can place them in your checked baggage.

Jewelry: Read about the best practices when going through security with your jewelry. There are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is.

The MyTSA App: Want TSA information anywhere, anytime?Use the MyTSA app.In addition to other helpful tools, travelers can use the“Can I Bring My…” tool to determine if items are prohibited or not. There is also a web based version of the “Can I Bring My…” tool.

Scuba gear in suitcase.

Scuba Diving: Traveling with diving gear this spring? Read about tips on how to pack your scuba gear from our resident diving expert.

Lost or Forgotten IDs: We’ve gotten many calls from people who’ve had a wallet stolen or lost on a trip and have no ID for their return trip. Don’t worry, if this happens to you, you’llstill be permitted to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions. It’s wise to get to the airport a little earlier just to be safe.

Lose Something? Contact the airport lost and found. Tape your business card or contact info to your valuable electronics. Not only does this help us contact you if you lose your items, but it prevents travelers from grabbing the wrong item by mistake.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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