TSA Labor Day Travel Tips 2015

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Sunday, September 6, 2015
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Labor Day is quickly approaching! Whatever it is you’re doing for the holiday, if you’re traveling by commercial aircraft, here are some tips and links that will help get you on your way.


Preparing for travel can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn travel tips for your next flight with these short videos. Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by viewing the prohibited items page. Pack smart and get through the line faster!

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Double Check: If you’re grabbing a bag, suitcase, briefcase, jacket and other items you haven’t used in a while, be sure to give them the onceover so you don’t accidentally take something prohibited at the checkpoint. Many people who have brought guns, ammunition, knives and other prohibited item say that they did so unknowingly.


Batteries: You can’t go anywhere without some kind of battery these days. Read this post to learn about what types of batteries you can travel with.

Foods: Cakes, pies, bread, donuts, turkeys, etc., are all permitted. Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags or shipped: cranberry sauce, creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.), gift baskets with liquid or gel food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings), gravy, jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.

Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer, and all of your favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz. or less bottles in a baggie in your carry-on bag.


Blades: Anything with blades, points or spikes should be placed in your checked baggage. This includes knives of all sizes, and blender and food processor blades. Nail clippers and corkscrews are permitted, but models with blades attached are prohibited.


Camping, Backpacking, or Fishing: If you’re heading to the great outdoors, be sure to check out this post for tips on traveling with camping and fishing gear.

Deodorant: Gel and spray deodorants are limited to 3.4 oz. or less but stick deodorant is not.

Lose Something? Find the lost & found contacts for each airport.

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Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc., should be placed in the 3-1-1 liquids bag. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine. Read more!

Forgotten or Lost IDs: If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you may still be permitted to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions. Read this post for more information.

Medication: One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication?” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers. Read these tips about traveling medication.

Shaving Razors: You can get more information from our blog post on this subject with pictures that will help answer your questions.

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Sporting Goods: Golf clubs, baseball 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. Read more!

Traveling With Children: Did you know children 12 and under can keep their shoes on?If you’re going on a family trip this summer, read about traveling with children.

TSA Recognized Locks: Want to lock your checked baggage? Be sure to read this post first.

TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at (855) 787-2227 with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. In addition, injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

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TSA Pre✓®: TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening either as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group. It’s available at more than 150 airports with 12 participating airlines. Learn how to apply.

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