7 Security Packing Tips and Considerations for Your Next Flight
If you’re an air traveler you don’t just need tips on what clothes to take. In other words rules and regulations are just as important. Therefore security packing tips are helpful. Using them you can make it through the airport security with a minimum of frustration and delay.
Travel security alert regulations have remained pretty steady over the last few years, But such regulations do change from time to time. Most people have come to grips with the limitations. I think most people realize they’re not going away anytime soon. In fact, the way things are going the TSA is almost certainly going to come up with more restrictions. That’s simply because the world we live in is not a peaceful one for everyone.
Watch those Liquids, Creams and Gels – the Quantity
Let’s go over a few tips. These will help get you through security checkpoints. Such checkpoints have become the bane of many travelers. Although it has been in effect for several years you’d be surprised at how many people still haven’t paid attention to the rule about liquids, creams, and gels. You risk having such items confiscated if you ignore the limits or don’t know them.
1. 3 ounce Containers (100 ml) or less – If you are carrying a bag onto the plane, you may take liquids, creams, or gels. That’s ONLY if they are in containers that are 3 ounces (100 ml) or less.
You can’t bend this rule to mean you can take a half-full 6 ounce shampoo bottle. No. The container needs to hold 3 ounces or 100 ml or less no matter how much liquid or gel is in it. All containers you want to take must fit into ONE clear, quart-size (or liter size), plastic, zip-top bag. Let’s repeat…. it’s one bag per passenger.
Larger Size Liquids, etc. go in Your Checked Luggage
If you want to take larger sizes of liquids, creams, or gels, you may pack them in checked luggage.
2. Do not lock your checked bags except with security agency approved locks – that’s TSA approved locks in the U.S.A. Should your checked bag be selected for random screening, or if they think something looks suspicious, the agents can unlock the approved locks.
They will leave a note inside your bag if it has been inspected. If you use an unapproved lock, they will call you back to open the bag if they can. However, if they can’t find you, well, the agents will have to break an unapproved lock to inspect inside. That’s probably something you don’t want to happen, especially if it can be avoided.
Don’t make Wine an Expensive Memory
Here’s another security packing tip that will save you money….
3. Buy your bottle of wine in a duty free shop – otherwise you will not get that prized bottle of wine through security. If you must take a bottle of wine home, buy it in a duty free shop.
However, just remember when you clear customs in your home country, you will have to go through security again. That’s if you are catching another flight. That bottle of wine could become an expensive memory if they say no to your carrying it on that next flight.
4. Pay Attention to How You Pack – Don’t stack books and other documents on top of each other inside your bag. If you do it makes them hard to see through. The X-Ray scanners need to see through everything in your bag.
Therefore you are more apt to have a hand search if the books are stacked. Instead, spread them out throughout your bag.
Other Packing Considerations
5. Place personal items you don’t want touched in a clear plastic bag –
If you have some belongings you don’t feel comfortable having strangers handle, place those items in a clear plastic bag. That way they can see them and agents are much more likely not to touch them.
6. Don’t over pack your bag – If your bag or luggage is hard to close at home, well you can guess the problem. You or the security agents will probably have the same problem or trouble closing it at the airport if it is opened for a check.
You can deal with your carry-on bag, but if a checked bag is opened, there is the possibility that an overstuffed bag will come off the baggage belt with your nightgown or underwear peeking or falling out. You don’t want that type of embarrassment. Do you? Worst yet, what if your luggage is opened and that suitcase of expensive vintage wine is exposed. Then you are in real trouble!
7. Don’t wrap gifts before you leave home – If you’re carrying gifts, don’t wrap them before you leave home. Security officers might want to inspect inside, then you’d have to open them first, then wrap them again. That’s extra work plus the high probability the wrapping paper will get torn. Then you would be in a real bind plus look silly carrying a torn gift package.
When you’re flying somewhere its unlikely you look forward to the security checkpoint. Nor would you feel elated at the often long line you might have to wait in when you get there.
It sure would be great if everyone followed these basic security packing tips. We’d all get through those checkpoints faster.
In conclusion, next time you take a plane remember these few tips. It’s just a reminder of a few simple things you can do to reduce the possibility of luggage or baggage problems.
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