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Travel Tips

Preparing for travel may be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. You are encouraged to keep these travel tips in mind to help facilitate the security screening process during your next trip to the airport.

Preparing for Holiday Travel

For a smooth screening experience, follow these tips on traveling with gifts, common holiday foods and more!

TSA Pre✓® for U.S. Armed Forces

U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the Reserves and National Guard can benefit from TSA Pre✓® expedited screening which allows you to keep on your shoes, jacket, belt and leave your laptop and liquids in your carry-on bag. Watch the video to learn more!

AskTSA

Have questions about your travel experience? Contact our AskTSA team on Twitter or Facebook Messenger for answers!

3-1-1 Liquids Rule

You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule.

Prohibited Items

Remember to check your baggage for prohibited items. Use the Can I Bring My…? tool to check if items like sporting goods, foods, tools and others are permitted. Some carry-on items may be prohibited even if they appear not to be, like a cane with a hidden sword.

Pregnant Travelers

All screening equipment at the airport security checkpoint is safe for all travelers, including women who are pregnant. Watch this travel tips video if you have questions about the security screening process when traveling while pregnant.

Advanced Imaging Technology

TSA uses advanced imaging technology to safely screen passengers at the checkpoint. Advanced imaging technology uses automated target recognition software that eliminates passenger-specific images and instead auto-detects potential threats by indicating their location on a generic outline of a person.

Security Screening for Infant-Care Items

Traveling with infants requires a variety of essentials including food, carriers, diapers and other care items. Here is what you need to know about the safe and secure screening process for these necessities.

Traveling with Firearms

Thinking of traveling with a firearm? Watch this short informative video to learn more!

Wounded Warrior Travel

Wounded warriors can get screening assistance by using the TSA cares helpline. TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Call 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

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TSA Recognized Locks

TSA officers have tools for opening and re-locking baggage with accepted and recognized locks, such as Safe Skies® and Travel Sentry®, reducing the likelihood of damaging the lock or bag if a physical inspection is required. TSA is not liable for damage caused to locked bags that must be opened for security purposes.