Jody Victor’s TSA Guideline Tips

A few simple steps can make your air travel smooth sailing…

Thinking about flying anywhere soon? If so, I’m sure you have checked out the Transportation Security Administration’s guide for carry-ons. Even so, check out the list below to make your airport travel time much quicker and less stressful.

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA works with their partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public. 3-1-1 has also gained International acceptance.

And for an even smoother airport departure, print out your on-line boarding pass at home before you leave – this saves time when checking in at the airline desk.

Have a great trip!