Airline Traveling: What to Know Before you Go

In recent years airline traveling has become a true pain for most of us. Checkpoints everywhere, luggage restrictions; there is a lot you have to know and take into account before you leave for your lovely vacations. Here are some tips and recommendations for your next airline adventure.

Traveling With Food and Holiday Gifts

Yes, you may want to take your relatives their favorite jellies and jams for the holiday dinner, but before promising your grandma that delicious jelly, make sure it is not under the “forbidden” items list, or you will have to kindly leave it as a holiday gift to checkpoint officials. Things like cranberry sauce, cologne, gift baskets with food items like salsa, jams and salad dressings are not permitted on board. Perfumes, snowglobes and oils are also not allowed. If you are taking presents don’t wrap them, as security officials may have to unwrap them if they need to take a closer look.

Getting Through The Line Faster

If you want to make your passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible, you can follow certain tips that will help you on doing so. When packing, for example, pack an organized carry on bag using layers as follows: Clothes, electronics, and heavy items. This packing style helps transportation officials to easily see what you have inside. Avoid taking with you metal items such as keys, lose change, mobile phones, heavy jewelry and clothing with metal buttons. Any metal that is detected during a checkpoint will require you to go through additional screening. Finally, have your boarding pass and your Id ready.

Travelers with Disabilities

If you are a traveler with disabilities or are traveling with someone with a disability there are certain things that the Transportation Security Administration has established to provide you the highest level of security and customer service. Disability related-equipment, aids and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening. Prescription liquid medications and other liquids needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions are also permitted. The limit of one carry-on and one personal item (purse briefcase or computer case) does not apply to medical supplies, equipment, mobility aids, and assistive devices carried by and used by a person with a disability. Make sure to pack your medications in a separate pouch to facilitate the inspection process and ensure that containers holding medications are not too densely filled, and that all medication is clearly identified.

Traveling with Children

If you are traveling with children there are also certain things to take into account. 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. Make sure to declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. If you are taking liquids gels and aerosols, these 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.

Doing proper research before heading to your vacation destination will allow you to have a hustle free trip, and enable you to enjoy it from the beginning till the end!

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