Air Travel: Carry-On Items, Luggage, and Security Screening
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed June 20, 2016
If you are traveling by plane, you should be aware of the rules for carry-on items and special types of luggage, and know what to expect during the security screening process. Below you will find guidelines for specific types of carry-on items, tips on transporting special items, rules for security screening, and more, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
"3-1-1 for Carry-Ons"- The rule for bringing liquids, gels, and aerosols through airport security checkpoints.
Permitted and Prohibited Items: In-Depth Information - Tips to prepare you for enhanced security at the airport:
- Sharp Objects
- Sporting Goods
- Guns & Firearms
- Martial Arts & Self Defense Items
- Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items
- Other Items
Security Screening - Rules and tips for air travelers:
- Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT)
- Frequently Asked Questions - Secure Fligt
- Transgender Travelers
- Religious and Cultural Needs During Screening
TSA-Recognized Baggage Locks - Before you lock your bag, make sure you're using a TSA-accepted lock.
"Checkpoint Friendly" Laptop Bags - To help streamline the security process and better protect laptops, TSA recently encouraged manufacturers to design bags that will produce a clear and unobstructed image of the laptop when undergoing X-ray screening.
Transporting Special Items - Helpful guidelines for transporting special items from the security perspective:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Batteries and Devices
- Camping Gear
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Currency, Coins, Precious Metals, or Valuable Jewelry
- Firearms and Ammunition
- Food and Beverages
- Hunting and Fishing Equipment
- Knitting Needles and Needlepoint
- Lighters and Matches
- Musical Instruments
- Paintball Equipment
- Scuba Equipment
- Service Animals
- Sporting Equipment
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