The restrictions and guidelines for airline baggage have changed frequently over the last several years. Travelers wanting to minimize delays should keep the following guidelines in mind, while packing and interacting with airport security.
• Get to the airport early. Leave enough time to check in, organize your carry-on belongings, get through airport security, and board your plane. Check here for information on the average wait time at various locations.
• Pack your bags in an organized fashion. TSA recommends using layers: clothing, 1-quart sized, clear, zip-top bag with liquids, a layer of clothing, your electronics neatly laid out and then heavier items. A disorganized bag will take longer to screen, and innocent items may appear to be potential threats.
• When in doubt, leave it out of your carry-on baggage. Check for the most current list of prohibited items and the rules for liquids in carry-on luggage.
• Dress to pass easily through the metal detector. When dressing, remember to minimize the number of items that may set off the metal detector, including keys, cell phone, hair clips, heavy jewelry, belt buckles, underwire bras, and body piercings.
• Wear slip on shoes. Travelers are required to remove shoes and allow them to be inspected by the x-ray machine.
• Have the following documents ready. Government-issued photo ID and your airline boarding pass. You will need to present these to the security officer prior to entering the inspection area.
• Think before your speak. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes or language, and threats will not be tolerated.
More useful links:
• Get the most current security guidelines from TSA.