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Ten Travel Tips for Labor Day Travel: 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Labor day is fast approaching and we’ll be falling back and resetting our clocks before we know it! Whether you’re heading back to school or taking a trip for Labor Day, we wanted to provide you with some travel tips and information to help get you through our checkpoints and to your flights as easily as possible.

1) Arrive Early - The best advice we could ever give anybody is to arrive early when you can. You never know what kind of snag you’ll run getting to the airport. Whether it’s traffic, parking, airline, or security related, there are a number of unexpected ways you could be held up. To give you an idea of how busy the airports will be, here are the projected number of travelers during the Labor Day holiday period. Friday, August 31st will be the busiest day.

Projected Travel Numbers

2) Check out Our Travel Tips - Have you visited our travel tips webpage yet? It’s chocked full of fun with travel tips that will help you plan ahead for your trip.  Learn about traveling with your pet, strollers and how not to be “that guy” at the airport checkpoint.

3) What to do if TSA Pre✓® is Not Reflected on Your 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 messaging us via Facebook Messenger. Our AskTSA team can help resolve any issues. If you prefer to call, you can reach out to our contact center. Don’t have TSA Pre✓® yet and want to get through the line faster? You can fix that and apply for TSA Pre✓® now!

4) You Can Pack Both Liquid and Solid Medication in Your Carry-on -  One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication?” The answer is yes. Liquid medications do not need to adhere to our liquid packing rules. Read our guidance on transporting your meds for all the details.

5) Helpful Tips for 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 it!

Types of Razors

6) Some Shaving Razors Can Be Packed in Your Carry-on - In brief, all razors are allowed in checked bags. Disposable razors are allowed in carry-on bags, and safety razors with removable blades are not. Refer to the image above to see if your razor can be packed in your carry-on.

7) How to Travel with 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 rule. If you’re not checking a bag, 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.

8) E-Cigarettes are Permitted in Carry-on Bags Only -  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. Vape juice can be packed in either carry-on or checked bags, but it must adhere to the liquid rules mentioned above when being packed in carry-on bags.

9) Ask TSA When You Need TSA Related Assistance - 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 9am-7pm ET daily.

10) Contact TSA Cares if You or a Loved One Has Medical Related Questions or Concerns - 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.

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Bob Burns

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