10 Tips to Get Thru TSA

Long lines, frustrated TSA workers and travelers make beginning or ending a trip less pleasant. Here are 10 tips  to get you through TSA a little easier.

  1. Know what  can you bring through the TSA check point and don’t bring in anything you can’t.
  2. Can’t get through with just two pieces?Wear your biggest shoes, tie a sweater around your waist, and wear your jacket. Layer a t shirt under a shirt. Carry another item in your arms.
  3. If you’re wearing any top with a zipper or button, they will ask you to remove it (if you have something underneath). If it’s a bulky sweatshirt with no zipper, they won’t bother you. Yes, even a slim-fitting cardigan in a sweater set must be removed. 
  4. Liquids and gels. Must be in individual containers of 3.4 ounces or less and placed inside one clear, quart-size, plastic, zip-top bag and only one bag is permitted per passenger. If you need to bring more than 3.4 ounces of any liquid or gel substance, it should go into your checked luggage or be shipped ahead. Not all quart size bags are the same. Spend $10 and you’ll be amazed what you can fit into a plastic, reusable, gusseted quart size travel bag. Google Flight 001 Clear Carry On Quart Bag as opposed to what you just pulled out of your kitchen draw.
  5. Make your life easier and apply for TSA PreCheck.  They’re the people who go through that shorter line, don’t take their shoes off or their laptops out.
  6. Traveling with a babies or little kids? The rules are different for you.
  7. Avoid clothing or shoes with metal buttons, snaps or studs, metal hair barrettes or lots of bobby pins, belt buckles and under wire bras.
  8. Medical issues? Disabilities? CPap and other medical devices?  Notify the nearest TSA agent of your medical issue so that he or she can determine the best way to screen you and any equipment you may be carrying. The TSA does not require travelers to carry a medical provider’s  note describing their condition, but having this written description may help expedite the screening process.  TSA has medical notification cards you may want to get if you travel often. Travelers with medical conditions or disabilities can  call TSA toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.
  9. Medications- take all medications on your carry on bag. DO NOT CHECK THEM IN YOUR LUGGAGE. Keep them in their original, labeled bottles and don’t put them in a pill minder. Have large quantities of meds in large bottles? Get your pharmacist to give me a limited supply in a smaller labeled bottle. Take a few extra days worth of medications in case you get delayed during travel. OTC meds? Try to pack light and bring only what you think you will need. For example, leave vitamins at home. Missing 1-2 weeks of vitamins or supplements won’t make a big difference to your health.
  10. Nod and smile, agree, and maybe thank them on your way out. Don’t argue.Yes, they can be annoying, but they are also doing their jobs.
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