Resource Guide: Airport Traveling Tips

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Transportation Security Administration Traveling Tips

3-1-1 for liquids: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less. 

Gifts: While wrapped gifts are allowed, security officers may need to unwrap a gift to resolve an alarm.

TSA recommends passengers wrap gifts after their flight or ship them ahead of time to avoid the possibility of having to open them during the screening process.

Food: Food items such as pies and cakes are permitted, but may require further inspection. 

If travelers are not sure if a food item is considered a liquid or gel, it is best to pack the item in checked baggage or ship it to a destination in advance.

Prepare for security: Have a U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID and boarding pass out.

Remove liquids and large electronics, including laptops, from carry-on baggage.

Remember to remove shoes, outerwear, and bulky jewelry and empty pockets. Place valuable items in a carry-on bag.

Check for prohibited items: Travelers can use the, "Can I bring my..." app on to check what items are allowed/not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage.

Arrive on time: Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check with the air carrier.

Remember to leave adequate time to check baggage and move through security.

Wear slip-on shoes: This allows travelers to remove and replace their shoes quickly without the need to sit down.

Pets: Please remove all animals from their carrying cases and send the case through the X-ray machine. Hold your pet in your arms and proceed through the metal detector.

Children: Please take infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector. 

Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse the stroller before arriving at the metal detector.

Flight Delay Information - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Status information provided through the FAA site is not flight-specific, but indicates general airport conditions. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected. 

Security Wait Times - Transportation Security Administration

The TSA allows travelers to view security wait times at airports throughout the country, in addition to airport statuses.

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