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Spring Break Travel Tips 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019
Spring Break

It’s time to ‘Spring’ forward and take a ‘Break’ from the winter weather. During the Spring Break travel period, which – believe it or not – began in late February and continues into April, TSA will screen an estimated 107 million passengers and crew. If you’re taking off on a getaway of your own, we have some helpful tips to get you ready before you head to the airport.

When you start packing, make sure you place the following items in your checked luggage:

  • Anything with a blade, including all knives, cigar cutters and corkscrews with blades
  • Sporting goods, including golf clubs, baseball bats, cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks and spear guns
  • Full-size bottles of sunscreen, tanning lotions and insect repellant
  • Wine, liquor, beer, and other beverages in containers larger than 3.4 ounces

Then, you can pack these travel-friendly items in your carry-on bag:

  • All travel-size liquids, including creams, gels (remember, you're allowed a single quart-size, clear bag for liquid in 3.4 ounce or less containers)
  • Liquid makeup such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation and perfume (see above)
  • Solid deodorant
  • Food and snacks for your flight (such as pastries, fruits, vegetables, nuts, candy and dry snacks)
  • Medications and medically-necessary items
  • Tweezers, files and nail clippers
  • Disposable shaving razors
  • Electric razors and trimmers, curling irons, and flat irons
  • E-cigarettes and vape pens (these items are prohibited in checked luggage)

Need information on an item not listed above? Search for your item on TSA.gov using the “What Can I Bring?” feature.

Now, you’re on your way!

Just a few last-minute tips to make your airport experience a pleasant one:

Arrive Prepared: Allow yourself time to arrive, park, print your boarding pass, check your baggage, and go through the security checkpoint.

Bring your identification: Bring an approved form of identification for security screening. If you’ve lost your ID, arrive early and be prepared to participate in our identity verification process.

Download the My TSA App: Install this app on your mobile device and you’ll have our latest travel information at your fingertips.

We’re here to help!

Send your questions to our AskTSA team via Twitter or Facebook Messenger. Our team is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on weekends and holidays.

If you prefer, you can reach out to our TSA Contact Center by calling (866) 289-9673 or by submitting an online form. Agents are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

You can also contact our TSA Cares Helpline toll free at 855-787-2227 or federal relay 711. Get assistance 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.

Remember, we’re here to keep you safe. If you have any questions or need assistance, just ask one of our officers. And, "If You See Something, Say Something™.” Have a great Spring Break!

Comments

Submitted by RB on

When you start packing, make sure you place the following items in your checked luggage:

Anything with a blade, including all knives, cigar cutters and corkscrews with blades
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Scissors have blades and are allowed in carry-on bags. Perhaps the guidance given should be corrected to be accurate.

Submitted by RBs At It Again! on

And unsurprisingly the first comment of the blog goes to resident lurker RB!
RB - I'm sure since you spend so much time on this blog, you must work for the TSA, correct?
If not, you might want to consider why it is that you are devoting such a large portion of your time to being here.
I'm sure the average person more likely looks at the TSA permitted/not permitted list as opposed to this blog which seems to have only about 3 actual viewers, yourself, Susan and SSSS for some reason.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by RBs At It Again! on Mon, 2019-03-25 12:44
And unsurprisingly the first comment of the blog goes to resident lurker RB!
RB - I'm sure since you spend so much time on this blog, you must work for the TSA, correct?
If not, you might want to consider why it is that you are devoting such a large portion of your time to being here.
I'm sure the average person more likely looks at the TSA permitted/not permitted list as opposed to this blog which seems to have only about 3 actual viewers, yourself, Susan and SSSS for some reason.
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You forgot to include yourself in the number of readers so that would make it 4. And why do you care if I spend time here? Does it make your day any less interesting? At least try contributing something beneficial. And no, I do not work for TSA. I have more respect for myself than that!

The point is that the TSA Blog is putting out inaccurate information. The statement:

"When you start packing, make sure you place the following items in your checked luggage:

"Anything with a blade, including all knives, cigar cutters and corkscrews with blades"

is incorrect. Scissors have two blades and if they are 4 inches or less from the fulcrum are permitted in the cabin. I don't think it is too much to ask that TSA and its employees put out correct information.

Submitted by JS on

you missed one tip! if you hate the TSA and think you are assaulted everytime by them, TAKE THE TRAIN! (or a car or a boat.) it has been said by trolls on this blog that if people just stopped flying things would change. Prove it! you won't be missed. believe it or not there are STILL passenger trains and boats out there that can either get you where you are going or to a country whose aviation security is less effec... I mean intrusive. go to them!

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Clerk JS, take a look in the mirror and tell me how it is possible to provide less effective security than you and your fellow clerks provide. You miss 95% of weapons brought to the checkpoint. I was explaining to a colleague once that there is no threats to aviation. I said that any attempt is bound to succeed. Referring to you and your fellow clerks I said, have you SEEN those people? He said "Yes, I have thought about that."

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Submitted by RB on Fri, 2019-03-22 10:25
When you start packing, make sure you place the following items in your checked luggage:

Anything with a blade, including all knives, cigar cutters and corkscrews with blades
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Scissors have blades and are allowed in carry-on bags. Perhaps the guidance given should be corrected to be accurate.

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"Cigar Cutters. While cigar cutters are generally permitted, we recommend that you pack them in your checked baggage."

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/cigar-...

Submitted by Anonymous on

I am wearing an orthopedic boot due to a broken ankle and using a walker for mobility. I've been told that TSA will make me remove the boot and walk through the body scanner without my assistive device. Why would TSA make anyone put their health and safety at risk by removing a medical device? What will happen if I refuse to remove the boot?

Submitted by RB on

When the TSA rules are so complex that even TSA can't recite the rules correctly perhaps it's time to review the rules and try to make them workable.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Am I allowed to bring dog treats sealed in the manufacturer bag in my checked luggage for the stray dogs in Jamaica?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs to continue to improve its retention, hiring, and training of Transportation Security Officers (TSO). Specifically, TSA needs to better address its retention challenges because it currently does not share and leverage results of TSO exit surveys and does not always convey job expectations to new-hires......

Furthermore, TSA does not fully evaluate applicants for capability as well as compatibility when hiring new TSOs.....

When comparing the most recent Census Bureau data for cities in which these two hard-to-hire airports are located, TSA pays TSOs as much as 31 percent below the per capita income amount. For example, at one airport, officials indicated that a local retail store offered comparable salaries to TSOs. Additionally, one TSA official reported that a sandwich shop chain offered a higher salary than an entry-level TSO.

https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2019-04/OIG-19-35-Mar...

This seems to be a rather damning report but it certainly doesn't contain any surprising.

Submitted by JS on

WOW! you are right! you've opened my eyes! American aviation is the least effective in the world! Hermann, you lead the exodus to the safer countries like Mexico and we will all follow, right Sez? Susan? RB? you guys on board? let the exodus begin! that'll teach those TSA clerks, see how much they'll suffer without us! the whole US aviation system will come to a grinding halt because we and ALL our fans will make all the difference to American airline business.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Submitted by JS ...TAKE THE TRAIN! (or a car or a boat.)

Great idea! Which train will get me from San Francisco to Honolulu? Which boat will get me from Atlanta to Vegas? Which car service will get me from New York to London?

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Clerk JS, it doesn't matter that US aviation security is ineffective because there is no security threat. If there were, there would be successful attacks anytime a reasonably determined attacker wanted to carry one out, because you and your fellow clerks present no obstacle at all. Instead, you focus all your attention on water, juice, breast milk, peanut butter, and cupcakes so that you miss 95% of actual weapons. And the slovenly and inefficient way you do your jobs backs up the checkpoint so that if there a threat, there would be numerous successful attacks on the checkpoint queues. Your telling people to leave the country if they don't like how the TSA clerks operate is misdirected. No one should have to leave the country because lazy, slovenly government employees don't like having their laziness and slovenliness pointed out. And EVERYBODY knows that TSA clerks do their jobs in a lazy and slovenly manner and would not present any obstacle at all to a class of kindergarteners. As I said, I responded to a colleague's question "Don't you think they're after us?" by saying to him "Have you SEEN the TSA employees?" He instantly accepted that a dispositive argument and made NO attempt to argue that TSA clerks such as yourself serve any security function at all.

There is a reason being a TSA clerk is a thankless job - it's because the TSA clerks do their jobs really really really badly.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on Thu, 2019-04-04 15:58
Clerk JS, it doesn't matter that US aviation security is ineffective because there is no security threat. If there were, there would be successful attacks anytime a reasonably determined attacker wanted to carry one out, because you and your fellow clerks present no obstacle at all. Instead, you focus all your attention on water, juice, breast milk, peanut butter, and cupcakes so that you miss 95% of actual weapons. And the slovenly and inefficient way you do your jobs backs up the checkpoint so that if there a threat, there would be numerous successful attacks on the checkpoint queues. Your telling people to leave the country if they don't like how the TSA clerks operate is misdirected. No one should have to leave the country because lazy, slovenly government employees don't like having their laziness and slovenliness pointed out. And EVERYBODY knows that TSA clerks do their jobs in a lazy and slovenly manner and would not present any obstacle at all to a class of kindergarteners. As I said, I responded to a colleague's question "Don't you think they're after us?" by saying to him "Have you SEEN the TSA employees?" He instantly accepted that a dispositive argument and made NO attempt to argue that TSA clerks such as yourself serve any security function at all.

There is a reason being a TSA clerk is a thankless job - it's because the TSA clerks do their jobs really really really badly.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on Thu, 2019-04-04 15:58
Clerk JS, it doesn't matter that US aviation security is ineffective because there is no security threat. If there were, there would be successful attacks anytime a reasonably determined attacker wanted to carry one out, because you and your fellow clerks present no obstacle at all. Instead, you focus all your attention on water, juice, breast milk, peanut butter, and cupcakes so that you miss 95% of actual weapons. And the slovenly and inefficient way you do your jobs backs up the checkpoint so that if there a threat, there would be numerous successful attacks on the checkpoint queues. Your telling people to leave the country if they don't like how the TSA clerks operate is misdirected. No one should have to leave the country because lazy, slovenly government employees don't like having their laziness and slovenliness pointed out. And EVERYBODY knows that TSA clerks do their jobs in a lazy and slovenly manner and would not present any obstacle at all to a class of kindergarteners. As I said, I responded to a colleague's question "Don't you think they're after us?" by saying to him "Have you SEEN the TSA employees?" He instantly accepted that a dispositive argument and made NO attempt to argue that TSA clerks such as yourself serve any security function at all.

There is a reason being a TSA clerk is a thankless job - it's because the TSA clerks do their jobs really really really badly.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Hartman

Serial Stowaway Marilyn Hartman proves the effectiveness of TSA. Perhaps TSA would like to tell us how many times this older lady defeated TSA. I use the word DEFEATED TSA purposely. Taxpayers shell out almost $8,000,000,000.00 ($8 Billion) billion dollars each year for TSA, yet this lady with no training can evade TSA at will.

That is TSA Professionals at work!

Submitted by JS on

Transfer. kinda a difficult concept for you I'm sure, but let me explain. when you go on a plane from one place to another you do not fly out of your bed. you walk to your car, you drive to the airport (or bike, go green!) then walk to the plane. if you really can't figure out how to use a combination of boats, trains, and or cars to get to those places you mentioned then you need help. or were you just trying to put out that same old message you always post that everyone with half a brain knows is foolish?

Submitted by JS on

The threat exists. TSA is, and continues to be, more effective than the private security screeners in Boston on the morning of September 11th 2001. Have you forgotten?

Submitted by Anonymous on

America, you fought back when the procedures first came about 17 years ago, back then the personnel were older, more responsible and personable. Now you got exactly what you least wanted which is immature, millenial personnel and you expect better when you had it at first, your own fault not theirs👎

Submitted by Anonymous on

Clerk JS, so you're saying we can't criticze TSA clerks for their laziness, slovenliness because September 11? As I said, a class of kindergarteners could get anything they wanted past the TSA because TSA clerks do not pay attention to anything but water. Everyone knows this. It's in plain sight. Nobody but TSA clerks disputes it.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by JS on Sat, 2019-04-06 19:44
The threat exists. TSA is, and continues to be, more effective than the private security screeners in Boston on the morning of September 11th 2001. Have you forgotten?

...................I haven't forgotten but apparently you have. Have you forgotten that knives and other bladed items were permitted on 9/11, permitted by the regulator, FAA? That pilots were trained to cooperate with hijackers, that cockpit doors could easily be breached? The screeners on 9/11 didn't fail, they complied with government guidance! The same government that is now doing the actual screening with a miserable failure rate.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by JS on Sat, 2019-04-06 19:44
The threat exists. TSA is, and continues to be, more effective than the private security screeners in Boston on the morning of September 11th 2001. Have you forgotten?"

Nothing the hijackers brought on board the morning of 9/11 was illegal. 9/11 was not a failure of screening, it was an intelligence failure.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"..The threat exists. "

Not really. Not any more so than it existed before TSA.

"...TSA is, and continues to be, more effective than the private security screeners"

You hit enter too soon. The link to the data supporting your claim got cut off.

"... in Boston on the morning of September 11th 2001. Have you forgotten?"

Nothing the TSA does now if it were magically moved back in time to September 10th would have changed what happened on September 11th. Prove me wrong.

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Not the point, is it? The point is that the TSA clerks think the function of the agency is to serve as a source of employment for otherwise unemployable persons, and that clerk JS thinks that the passenger should either cheerfully accept his laziness and slovenliness or else not fly.

Submitted by Ashley on

This is the funniest comment I’ve read all day. Thank you for making me laugh. Y’all have a vibrant sense of humor.