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TSA’s 2017 Spring Break Travel Tips

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Suitcase on the beach.

It’s almost time to spring forward and people are already taking to the sky for their spring break destinations. Below are tips and links to information on some of the most common travel-related questions. It’s best to be prepared before arriving at the checkpoint. It makes things far less stressful to arrive early and prepared.

Scuba Diver

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

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

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.

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.

Sun screen

Liquids, Gels & Aerosols:If you’re checking a bag, make your life simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rules. You’re allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or smaller 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: Flying with deodorant isn’t a sticky situation. Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray deodorant is. Read more about deodorant at our blog.
  • 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. Read our blog post on traveling with beauty products.
  • 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 your carry-on in the liquids bag. Just because you can pack alcohol doesn’t mean that you can drink them on the flight. FAA regulations state that “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”
  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen and tanning lotions must also adhere to the TSA liquid policy.
  • Foods: Cakes, pies, bread, donuts, fruits, vegetables, , etc., are all allowed.
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TSA Pre® Not Reflected on Boarding Pass: If you’re looking at your boarding pass and you don’t see the TSA Pre✓® indicator even though you’re an approved trusted traveler, we’re here to help! Get live assistance by tweeting @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. Our AskTSA team can help resolve any issues. If you prefer to call, you can reach out to our contact center.

TSA Pre®: What is TSA Pre✓®? In a nutshell, it allows eligible travelers to receive expedited screening. In layman’s terms, it means you get through security really fast. The average wait time in TSA Pre✓® lanes is under 5 minutes! Even if a TSA Pre✓® line looks longer, they move much faster than a standard lane with more convenience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. If you haven’t already, apply now!

Today, there are more than 12 million trusted travelers, including those enrolled in TSA Pre✓®, Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. These trusted travelers have access to faster TSA Pre✓® lanes at more than 180 airports when flying with participating airlines. Before you apply, please review the various DHS trusted traveler programs to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and determine the best program for you.

You can now view TSA Pre✓® lane schedule at the nation’s largest airports. Travelers can enter their airport, day of week and time of day they’re traveling, and the tool will return the availability of TSA Pre✓® lanes. Go ahead and try it out! When no lane is available, travelers can show their boarding passes with the TSA Pre✓® indicator to receive expedited screening in a standard lane.

Military Travel: TSA offers screening benefits for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Active duty service members and Cadets and midshipmen of the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Air Force Academy are also eligible to receive TSA Pre✓® screening benefits. Supply your DoD ID number as your Known Traveler Number on each reservation. Learn about TSA Pre✓®.

Baggage Locks: Want to lock your checked baggage? Be sure to read about TSA recognized locks.

E-Cigarettes: E-cigarettes and vape pens are only allowed in carry-on bags. They’re prohibited in checked bags due to their lithium battery’s propensity to catch fire. Read more information in our blog post on the subject.

REAL ID: TSA will continue to accept driver’s licenses issued by all states through January 2018 and, then, will continue to accept licenses from all compliant states or noncompliant states with an extension.

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.


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.

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. Children 12 and under may also travel through the TSA Pre✓® lane if one or both of their parents have TSA Pre✓®.

Drivers License

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 . 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. You can also contact our AskTSA team via Twitter at @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger.

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

AskTSA: While your hotel accommodations might be all inclusive, this list is not, so if you still have questions, reach out to our AskTSA team via Twitter at @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. We have a team standing by from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. If you prefer to call or submit an online form, you can reach out to our contact center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

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Submitted by RB on

Please explain why a person who is in the military is considered a trusted traveler, the next day retires and is no longer considered a trusted traveler. They are still the same person, same history, are still held accountable to the Military UCMJ and they still have a Military ID, just a different color.

I have ask this question of TSA and have yet to receive any kind of answer that actually answers the question.

Submitted by RB on

"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."

And the "qualifiers" are?

Can a person travel with nitroglycerin pills in their carry-on? The TSA "Can I Bring" tool certainly does not answer that question.

nitroglycerin pills

"TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection."

The response given has no relation to the question, "Can a person travel with nitroglycerin pills in their carry-on." Anyone who has dealt with nitroglycerin pills know they are tiny, keep in a very small glass vial, and certainly not a hazard to the safe operation of the aircraft.

Why is it so hard for TSA to answer a simple, straight forward question with a clear responsive answer?

Submitted by RB on

I posted one question to each of the two articles Bob posted the evening of March 8, 2017 on the morning of 3/9/17. After posting my questions the articles were merged. TSA has had almost three full business days to respond to my questions both of which are clearly on topic and a concern for many people who travel. Yet the questions have been ignored. A demonstration of TSA's commitment to public service.

Why is it that the TSA Blog team, at one time an award winning blog, can't even step up and engage the public on simple matters?

I fail to see the purpose of the TSA Blog if its only purpose is to be used as a propaganda outlet.

Perhaps this is one government activity that can be cut from the budget. There is certainly little value produced by the TSA Blog and the TSA employees who support it.

Submitted by RB on

I see that TSA finally found time to post my latest comment but did't find the time to answer the questions that have been asked and sit waiting. Guess this is an example of TSA Professionalism.

Submitted by RB on

If the TSA Blog Team won't answer questions about traveling with medications or Trusted Travelers how about this? (Although both questions are valid, remain unanswered, and do deserve a complete answer)

Seems in the proposed federal budget is the following:

"In addition, the Budget reflects TSA’s decision in the summer of 2016 to eliminate the Behavior Detection Officer program, reassigning all of those personnel to front line airport security operations."

I don't recall having seen anything from TSA stating that the BDO program was being terminated. So do those TSA employees that were assigned BDO type duties, and got pay increases to match, get returned to their former grades prior to being assigned as a BDO?

Looks like another expensive TSA Boondoggle at TAXPAYERS expense.