Before you go...

  • Visit for all the latest security policies
  • Pack liquids/gels in your checked baggage. For a short trip you are permitted to carry-on 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding 3 ounce or smaller containers of liquids or gels. Limited to one bag per traveler.
  • Exceptions include: baby formula/breast milk/baby food while traveling with a small child, medications, liquids (to include water, juice or liquid nutrients) or gels for diabetics or other medical needs. All exceptions must be declared to a Security Officer for screening.
  • All footwear must be removed for x-ray screening. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed is helpful.
  • Pack valuables such as jewelry, cash and electronics, as well as fragile items, in your carry-on.
  • Avoid wearing accessories that contain metal, which will set off the metal detector.
  • Put all undeveloped film in your carry-on bag, because checked baggage screening equipment may damage film.
  • Leave lighters at home. TSA collects thousands of lighters a day.

When you arrive...

  • Take your quart-sized plastic zip-top bag out of your carry-on and place separately in bin.
  • Declare all permitted liquid exceptions to a Security Officer in front of the checkpoint.
  • Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes out of their cases for screening.
  • Remove your footwear and outer coat, suit jacket or blazer to place in the bin for x-ray.
  • Place the following items in your carry-on before entering the screening checkpoint: cell phones and personal data assistants, keys, loose change, jewelry and large metal items.

For questions visit or TSA Contact Center toll-free at (866) 289-9673 or by e-mail at