@AskTSA Travel Tips In Over 140 Characters: Spring Break Travel Tips

Thursday, March 10, 2016
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With spring break underway, we’re starting to see a lot of questions like the one tweeted to our @AskTSA team below.

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To answer this specific tweet, all of the above are allowed in carry-on bags.

Sunscreen, Bug Spray and Shampoo: These items fall under our 3-1-1 liquids rule. If you’re checking a bag, make your life simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage so you don’t have to worry about it.In your carry-on bags, you’re allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or less 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.

Medication: It is not necessary to present your medication to, or notify an officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form. Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container. You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened. Read more information about traveling with medication.

In addition to the question above, here is some other helpful information for passengers:

Prohibited Items: Use the“Can I Bring My…” tool to enter the item you want to pack. It will tell you whether you can pack it in your carry-on or checked bag. You may also refer to our prohibited items list. If you still can’t find the answer, reach out to our @AskTSA team via Twitter and they’ll get back to you right away with an answer.

Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer and all of your favorite beverages are allowed in your checked baggage. You can alsobring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz or less bottles in your carry-on bags in the 3-1-1 bag.

Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc., should be placed in the baggie. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine.

Deodorant: Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray deodorant must follow the liquids rule.

Batteries: You can’t go anywhere without some kind of battery these days. Learn about what types of batteries are allowed.

Shaving Razors: Certain razors are permitted. Learn which ones you can fly with in this blog post.

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TSA Pre✓®: Learn more about TSA Pre✓® ,expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from airports within the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well.

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

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

Traveling With Children: Did you know that children 12 and under can keep their shoes on?Read about the screening process and how to best pack for your child.

Lose Something?: Contact the airport lost and found. It’s a good idea to tape your business card or contact info to your valuable electronics or other items. Not only does this help us contact you if you lose your items, it prevents travelers from grabbing the wrong item by mistake.

Arrival Time: It’s spring break time, you can expect lots of company in lines to get your boarding pass, check your bags and go through security screening. We recommend arriving two hours ahead of your scheduled departure. Giving yourself plenty of time to catch you flight ensures a great start to a fantastic vacation. Enjoy!

See some interesting statistics on the projected busiest airports this month and more in our Spring Break press release.


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If you’re scratching your head and wondering what @AskTSA is, it’s a small team of TSA professionals from various agency offices who answer TSA related questions from the traveling public that are sent via Twitter. You can read more about the program in this recent USA Today article.

You may also wish to consult with your airline about any policies they may have regarding the item (s) you’d like to travel with.

If you have any TSA related travel questions, please send a tweet to our @AskTSA team. They’re available to answer your questions, 8 a.m.- 10 p.m., Eastern Time, weekdays; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., weekends/holidays.Travelers may also reach out to the TSA Contact Center. The Contact Center (TCC) hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Eastern Time; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Eastern Time. The TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673. Passengers can also reach out to the TSA Contact Center with questions about TSA procedures, upcoming travel or to provide feedback or voice concerns.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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