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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!

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