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Here are some helpful guidelines for transporting special items from the security perspective. Please note that airlines and other countries may have Additional rules and restrictions on these and other items. You should check with your airline for more information. If you are traveling internationally, also check with the authorities in the country you plan to visit.
Tips for larger items:
Also, if you are transporting particularly large items please verify your airline's policies on these items before you arrive at the airport. These standards differ from one airline to another. Alcoholic beverages: Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag. With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines,; • • • baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols,
the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint. • • • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be; • placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as; • fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. Please keep in mind that these rules were developed after extensive research and understanding of current threats. They are intended to help air travelers bring essential toiletries and other liquids, gels and aerosols for short trips. If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such as; • toothpaste or • shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline. To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers there are no limits on the amounts of the following liquids, gels and aerosols you may carry through a security checkpoint: • Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling;
All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including; • • • KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes;
Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition; Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as;
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bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
Items for Medical and cosmetic reasons:
Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as; • mastectomy products, • prosthetic breasts, • bras or o shells containing o gels, o saline solution, or o other liquids; and, o Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions. You are not limited in the amount or volume of these above items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. However, if these items are in containers larger than three ounces, please perform the following: Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening. We have also taken steps to ensure the security boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, you any liquid, gel, or aerosol purchased such as coffee or soda in the secure area after you process through a security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. Before you fly, understand everything you can and cannot bring when you travel by air by reading our list of permitted and prohibited items. Permitted and Prohibited Items
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The checkpoints are there to make sure that terrorists can’t bring anything aboard the plane that would enable them to take it over or destroy it. These are called “prohibited items” and cannot be brought to a checkpoint, into the secure area of an airport, or aboard an aircraft. Not only do all passengers go through checkpoints, their checked baggage is also screened. This may happen out of passengers' view depending on the physical configuration at each airport. It's a good idea to prepare before you arrive at the airport so that you move more quickly and efficiently through the security process. Here are some suggestions to help make the process as smooth as possible. Dress the Part There’s no particular style or type of clothing that you should wear from a security point of view. You are permitted to wear head coverings and religious garments during the screening process. You may be directed to additional screening if your clothing (religious or otherwise) is loose fitting or large enough to hide prohibited items. In addition, certain clothing and accessories can set off an alarm on the metal detector and slow you down. Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling through the security checkpoints: o Heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links, lanyards or bolo ties) o Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs o Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration o Belt buckles o Under-wire bras
Hidden items such as body piercings may result in your being directed to additional screening for a pat-down inspection. If you have a piercing in a region you do not want to strip to, to make known, I recommend removing it, before you go through customs, unless you like that kind of attention.
If selected for additional screening, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search. Take metal items such as; o keys, o loose change, o mobile phones, o pagers, and o personal data assistants (PDAs) out of your pockets. Place heavy jewelry and other metal items in your carry-on baggage or in plastic bags if they are offered, until you clear security. Pack all your coats and jackets in your baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. These include, but are not limited to; o trench coats, o heavy winter coats, o suit jackets, o sport coats and o blazers. If you choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpoint, you will need to either place it in your carry-on or put it in the bin that is provided for you. Disposable booties or slippers may be worn through the checkpoint to help protect your feet, but they must be disposed of prior to leaving the screening area. Gel-filled bras are permitted through security screening and aboard aircraft.
TSA Security Officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. If you set off the alarm, you will undergo additional screening. Watch out for your bra underwire also. This includes a hand-wand and pat-down inspection. You can remove metal items at the security checkpoint and place them in the plastic bags offered at several airports or in the bins provided. The bins will be sent through the X-ray machine.
You can save time by not wearing metal items or by placing them in your carry-on baggage before getting in line. What you need We encourage each adult traveler to keep his/her airline boarding pass and governmentissued photo ID available until exiting the security checkpoint (children are not required to show identification). The absence of proper identification will result in additional screening. There are four ways to obtain a boarding pass: o o o o Go to your airline's ticket counter at the airport Use curbside check-in Use your airline's self-service ticket kiosk in the airport lobby Print the boarding pass from your airline's website
If you aren't traveling and need to go through the security checkpoint to accompany someone such as a child or other traveler with medical conditions who is traveling, check with the airline for required documentation. Do I Have to Remove My Shoes? Yes, you are required to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detector. This includes all types of footwear.
Due to the Homeland Security threat level being raised for the U.S. aviation sector worldwide this is critical to protect the world's travelers who transit by air to and from the United States. Our Security Officers will ask that you remove your shoes before entering the metal detector based on the fact that many types of footwear can be used to carry prohibited items. When a Security Officer asks you to remove your shoes, please do. If you refuse, you will not be able to board your flight.
You are required to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detector. All types of footwear must be placed on the X-ray machine to be screened. If you do not comply with Security Officers, you will not be allowed to board your flight Want to know why we screen all passengers' shoes? Keep Your Experience Simple Take metal items such as; o keys, o loose change, o mobile phones, o pagers and o personal digital assistants (PDAs) out of your pockets. Put these in your carry-on, or in a plastic bag. This keeps lines moving and your experience more pleasant. Try to avoid wearing anything with metal, clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal such as, heavy jewelry, clothing with metal buttons or snaps, belt buckles or under-wire bras. Pack your coats and jackets in your baggage when possible. All coats and jackets that you are carrying must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. If you choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpoint, you will need to either pack it in your carry-on baggage or put it in one of the bins we provide.
You may be additionally screened because of hidden items such as body piercings, which alarmed the metal detector. If you are selected for additional screening, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to a pat-down search. Travel Tips To Make Your Screening Experience Hassle-free The secret to getting through security smoothly is to de-clutter your carry-on bag. This lets our Transportation Security Officers get a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of your carry-on. When possible, keep packing liquids in checked baggage. You will get through security faster. Limit quantities to what is needed for the duration of the flight. Items purchased in the secure boarding area are for use on the immediate flight. If you must leave the secure boarding area and re-enter through the screening checkpoint, items exceeding 3 ounces that are not in the zip-top bag will again be prohibited. The ban on liquids, aerosols and gels was implemented on August 10 after a terrorist plot was foiled. Since then, experts from around the government, including the FBI and our national labs have analyzed the information we now have and have conducted extensive explosives testing to get a better understanding of this specific threat. These changes are intended to enhance security and balance human needs because we have a better understanding of the threat and security risks associated with liquids, aerosols and gels. In addition, TSA will be enhancing security measures throughout the airport environment o more random screening of employees, o additional canine patrols, o stronger air cargo security measures, o more rigorous identity verification, o deploying more trained security officers in bomb appraisal, o and screening by observation techniques. Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
One of the primary goals of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is to provide the highest level of security and customer service to all who pass through our screening checkpoints. Our current policies and procedures focus on ensuring that all passengers, regardless of their personal situations and needs, are treated equally and with the dignity, respect, and courtesy they deserve. Although every person and item must be screened before entering each secure boarding area, it is the manner in which the screening is conducted that is most important. In order to achieve that goal, TSA has established a program for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids, and devices.
Our program covers all categories of disabilities (mobility, hearing, visual, and hidden). As part of that program, we established a coalition of over 70 disability-related groups and organizations to help us understand the concerns of persons with disabilities and medical conditions. These groups have assisted TSA with integrating the unique needs of persons with disabilities into our airport operations. Since the initial total ban on liquids, gels and aerosols took effect on August 10, we have learned enough from the UK investigation to say with confidence that small, travel size liquids are safe to bring through security checkpoints in limited numbers. We are confident in our increased security measures throughout the airport. Therefore, passengers can purchase drinks in the secure boarding area and bring them aboard their flights. TSA's checkpoint security screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions have not changed as a result of the current threat situation. All disabilityrelated equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening. Additionally, we are continuing to permit prescription liquid medications and other liquids needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions. This includes: All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including;
o KY jelly, o eye drops, and o saline solution for medical purposes; Liquids including; o water, o juice, or o liquid nutrition or o gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition; Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as; o bone marrow, o blood products, o and transplant organs;
Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as; o mastectomy products, o prosthetic breasts, o bras or o shells containing gels, o saline solution, o or other liquids; and, o Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions. However, if the liquid medications are in volumes larger than 3 ozs each, they may not be placed in the quart-size bag and must be declared to the Transportation Security Officer. A declaration can be made verbally, in writing, or by a person's companion, caregiver, interpreter, or family member. Declared liquid medications and other liquids for disabilities and medical conditions must be kept separate from all other property submitted for x-ray screening. Disability-related items permitted through the security checkpoint include: o o o o o Wheelchairs Scooters Crutches Canes Walkers
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Prosthetic devices Casts Support braces Support appliances Service animals Baby apnea monitors Orthopedic shoes Exterior medical devices Assistive/adaptive equipment Augmentation devices Ostomy supplies CPAP machines & respirators Hearing aids Cochlear implants Tools for wheelchair disassembly/reassembly Personal supplemental oxygen CO2 personal oxygen concentrators Tools for prosthetic devices Medications and associated supplies Braille note takers Slate and stylus All diabetes related medication, equipment, and supplies Any other disability-related equipment and associated supplies
Traveling with Children We have to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies), before they can go through the security checkpoint. We will not ask you to do anything that will separate you from your child or children. We specially train our Security Officers and they understand your concern for your children. They will approach your children gently and treat them with respect. If your child becomes uncomfortable or upset, security officers will consult you about the best way to relieve your child's concern. NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine. The Screening Process At the X-Ray All carry-on baggage, including children's bags and items, must go through the X-ray machine.
Examples include: o diaper bags, o blankets, and o toys. All child-related equipment that will fit through the X-ray machine must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: o strollers, o umbrella-strollers, o baby carriers, o car and o booster seats, o backpacks, and o baby slings. When you arrive at the checkpoint, collapse or fold your child-related equipment.
Secure items that are in the pockets, baskets, or attached to the equipment and place it on the X-ray belt for inspection. Plastic bins are provided to deposit such items. If any of your child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray machine, security officers will visually and physically inspect it. Ask a Security Officer for help gathering your bags and child-related equipment, if you need it. The Walk-Through Metal Detector If your child can walk without your assistance, we recommend that you and your child walk through the metal detector separately. If you are carrying your child through the metal detector and the alarm sounds, our Security Officer will have to additionally screen both you and your child. Remove babies and children from their strollers or infant carriers so that our Security Officers can screen them individually. You may not pass the child to another person behind you or in front of you during this process. Do not pass your child to our Security Officer to hold.
Our Security Officer may ask for your help screening your child. Travel Tips TIPS Before you reach the airport Please allow yourself and your family extra time to get through security - especially when traveling with younger children. Call your airline or travel agent for their recommended check-in times for your departure airport. Talk to your children before you come to the airport and let them know that it's against the law to make threats such as, "I have a bomb in my bag." Threats made jokingly (even by a child) can delay the entire family and could result in fines.
TIPS At the airport Speak to your children again about the screening process so that they will not be frightened or surprised. Remind them not to joke about threats such as bombs or explosives. Tell your children that their bags (backpack, dolls, etc.) will be put in the X-ray machine and will come out at the other end and be returned to them. Let your children know that a Security Officer may ask to see their shoes, but that they will get these back as well. You may want to consider asking for a private screening if you are traveling with more than one child. Baby Formula, Breast Milk, Juice, and Other 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. o Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. o o o o
All items including formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your baby or toddler will not be asked to test or taste; o breast milk, o formula, or o juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carryon and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. Make sure you understand what you can and cannot bring aboard your flight. Permitted and prohibited items What can I bring? You should only carry on the liquids and gels needed for you and your child's immediate comfort. You should pack larger volumes needed for your trip in your checked bag. The secret to getting through security smoothly is to de-clutter your carry-on bag. This lets our Transportation Security Officers get a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of your carry-on. When possible, keep packing liquids in checked baggage. You will get through security faster.
Limit quantities to what is needed for the duration of the flight. The ban on liquids, aerosols and gels was implemented on August 10 after a terrorist plot was foiled. Since then, experts from around the government, including the FBI and our national labs have analyzed the information we now have and have conducted extensive explosives testing to get a better understanding of this specific threat. These changes are intended to enhance security and balance human needs because we have a better understanding of the threat and security risks associated with liquids, aerosols and gels. With the exception of medications, any amount of liquid including alcohol greater than three ounces must be packed in your checked baggage. Liquids, including alcohol purchased after clearing the security checkpoint are permitted aboard aircraft.
Carrying Alcohol In Your Checked Baggage Please note, you can’t take alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol content (140 proof), including 95% grain alcohol and 150 proof rum, in your checked luggage. You may take up to five liters of alcohol with alcohol content between 24% and 70% per person as checked luggage if it’s packaged in a sealable bottle or flask. Alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol content are not subject to hazardous materials regulations.
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