Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations seem to change daily. What is the 3-1-1 Rule? How big can a carry-on be? Do they still serve peanuts?

Country Travel has put together the following list of travel
tips to make your flight easier.

Going through security
• Have boarding pass and ID ready.
• Sharp objects are prohibited.
• Avoid heavy jewelry and clothing that contains metal: snaps, studs, belt buckles, even metal hair barrettes.
• Take things as loose change, keys, phones and PDA’s out of pockets.
• If traveling with coat or jacket, put in baggage if possible. Otherwise, it will have to be removed so it can pass thru an x-ray machine for inspection.
• Shoes must be removed before going thru metal detector. Disposable footwear is available, or remember to wear socks. Persons with a disability, medical condition or a prosthetic device that prevents removal of shoes, should notify a security officer. An additional screening includes a visual and physical
inspection as well as explosives trace detection sampling of the footwear while it remains on feet.
• 3-1-1 rule: No more than three ounces of liquid per container in carry-on. All liquids must be in a quart size zip lock baggie and only one bag per person is allowed. (this rule may be modified in 2011).
• If traveling with baby or small child, expect baby food and milk to be inspected.
• Traveling for a wedding, birthday or other special occasion? Do not wrap gifts – they must be screened.

Carry-Ons
• Approved personal carry-on items include: a purse, brief case, camera bag, diaper bag, backpack, or laptop computer. (Computers cannot be checked and must be carried on).
• Carry on size is 14x22x9 and not over 40 pounds. Your bag cannot exceed 45 linear inches when combining length, width and height. Oversize bags are subject to being checked and charged a fee.
• Checked luggage guidelines – luggage cannot exceed 50 pounds. Active duty military personnel are allowed 70 pounds.
• Charges for checked bags will vary depending on destinations. Some airlines’ credit cards allow a free checked bag.

Plan ahead – early morning flights are more likely to leave on time and least likely to experience delays. Remember to leave for the airport early and arrive at the airport two hours prior to scheduled departure. Traveling light is always the best option.

When possible – check in online within 24 hours of departure to keep up to date with any delays that may occur. Print your boarding pass at home to speed up check in time. Precheck bags to save time and money. Whether traveling once a month or once a year, it is best to check for any updates. Go to www.tsa.gov/travelers and airlines’ website for the latest updates and regulations.

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