At the airport
Updated January 13, 2008
(Orbitz) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration allows travelers to bring limited liquids and
gels in their carry-on luggage in accordance with its 3-1-1-policy:
Liquids must be in containers of 3 ounces or less
All containers must fit in a one-quart size, clear, zip-top bag
One bag per passenger
The bag of liquids must be removed from luggage and placed in a plastic bin to be screened
separately at the security checkpoint.
Special rules for breast milk, medication and other health products
--Baby formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in quantities greater than 3 ounces, but they
must be declared separately at the security checkpoint. Mothers flying without children now are
allowed to bring breast milk through the checkpoint, provided it is declared prior to screening.
--Medication: Prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels and aerosols) are allowed
in carry-on baggage. However, if the quantity exceeds 3 ounces, the items must be separate from the
one-quart plastic bag and must be declared for further inspection.
--Other personal items such as eye drops, personal lubricant and liquid nutrition products are
allowed through the checkpoint. However, if the quantity exceeds 3 ounces, the items must be
separate from the one-quart plastic bag and must be declared for further inspection.
Passengers can take beverages and other items on the plane if they're purchased in the secure
Electronics: Laptop computers, cellular phones, iPods and other portable electronic devices are
permitted in carry-on baggage.
Spare lithium batteries: Spare lithium batteries (not installed in their electronic devices) must be
packed in carry-on bags. The limit is two batteries per passenger.
Miscellaneous: Knitting needles, nail clippers and umbrellas and walking canes (after they've been
separately inspected) are permitted in carry-on baggage.
Most liquids and gels in larger amounts -- including shampoo, suntan lotion, toothpaste, deodorant,
hair gel and cosmetics -- still must be packed in checked baggage.
Most sporting equipment, like golf clubs and ski poles, are not permitted in carry-on baggage.
All passengers must remove their shoes at the security checkpoint so they can be X-rayed.
Plastic bags filled with liquids must be removed from luggage for screening.
Travelers are advised to allow extra time at the airport and arrive earlier than usual for all
domestic and international flights.
The TSA encourages passengers to pack lightly to help expedite the screening process, and to
de-clutter their carry-on bags so officers can get a clear X-ray image.
Continuing to pack liquids in checked baggage will speed the security-screening process.