Airport Security


Following these tips will help you reduce your wait time at the security checkpoint, or visit TSA for up to date screening restrictions.

Before the Airport

  • Do NOT pack or bring prohibited items to the airport.
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  • Leave gifts unwrapped.
    They may be opened for inspection.
  • Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry, and accessories that contain metal.
    Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector.
  • Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage.
    Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.
  • Carry-on baggage is limited to one carry-on bag plus one personal item.
    Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases, or camera cases. Remember, 1+1.
  • Place identification tags in and on all of your baggage.
    Don’t forget your laptop computer.

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1

  • 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.
  • Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.
  • Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.
  • 3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.
  • Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.
  • Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.
  • TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.



At the Airport - Before you get in line...

  • Do NOT bring food to the security checkpoint unless it is wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are okay.
  • Put metal IN your carry-on bag. This includes jewelry, loose change, keys, mobile phones, pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs).
  • Take OUT your laptop computer. Place it in a bin, separate from its carrying case.
  • Take OFF your outer coat. Place it in a bin. Suit jackets and blazers do not have to be removed, unless requested by the screener.


TSA Travel Tips

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please call the TSA Consumer Response Center toll-free at 1-866-289-9673, Monday - Friday between 8am-6pm (24 hour voicemail).

You may also email TSA at