- Before you pack...know what's in your bag. Check inside to be sure that there are no prohibited items that have been left or stored in your bags before you begin to pack for your current trip.
- Protect yourself and your valuables by placing medicine and items such as jewelry, cameras, etc., in your carry-on bag,
which you should keep with you at all times.
- "Traveling light" makes for a better experience. Smaller, lightweight carry-on bags are the most convenient. Carry-on bags must be small enough to be stowed under the seat in front of you if necessary. Most airlines allow one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a briefcase, laptop, or a purse. Each airline's policies regarding checked baggage varies. Check your airline's page for additional information.
- If you choose to lock your luggage, use a TSA-approved lock so that screeners can gain access to your bag if needed without damaging your locks or calling you back to the checkpoint.
- Certain items cannot be carried on. The security requirements prohibit passengers from taking certain items in their carry-on bags, which include: knives of any length, cutting instruments of every kind (metallic or nonmetallic) including carpet knives, box cutters, and other folding or retractable blades regardless of length. Ice picks, straight razors, and elongated scissors are also prohibited. Disposable razors are allowed. Also be aware of the 3-1-1 for Carry-On program for liquids and gels. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the TSA's website before packing for your trip.
- Do not pack film or cameras in your checked baggage. Screening equipment for checked bags can damage undeveloped film and
cameras. Place these items in your carry-on bag.
- Leave gifts unwrapped. Wrapped gifts may have to be unwrapped during security screenings. Consider shipping gifts ahead
of time because carry-on space is limited.
- Do not bring gifts that resemble weapons on board the aircraft. These can include toy swords or daggers, toy guns, water
guns, potato guns, or other military-style toys.
- Photo ID is required. All travelers 18 years of age and older will need to show a government-issued photo ID at the security checkpoint and also during the boarding process. Airline personnel may also ask security questions, which all travelers must answer. If you don't have a government-issued photo ID, you may use two other forms of ID, one of which must be government issued.
- Baggage identification inside and out is key. Place a baggage tag with name, address, and telephone number on the outside of your baggage. It is also helpful to put your contact information plus your destination address and telephone number inside your baggage.
- Do not leave your luggage unattended or with someone you don't know. Never agree to carry anything on board or in your luggage for someone else. If you see an unattended briefcase, suitcase, or package, notify security.
- Arrive early. Considering holiday crowds and increased security measures, it's best to check in two hours before the scheduled departure time for your flight. And remember, you may need extra time for parking and walking/catching a shuttle to the terminal. You should always be at the gate no less than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Airlines reserve the right to not check in passengers who arrive beyond a certain check-in deadline. You may then have to re-book on a different flight and pay the associated charges.
- Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry, or accessories that might set off the alarm on the metal detector. Place keys, change,
phones, and other metallic items in your carry-on until you pass through security. Be prepared to remove your coat and
shoes prior to proceeding through the security screening checkpoint.