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Airport security: what not to bring

Friday, August 30, 2013 5:49:04 PM

Depending on which airline you are traveling with, you may or may not have to pay extra to check your luggage. In either case, it's best to stick with a carry-on when you can. Not only will this prevent your luggage from getting lost, but you won't have to worry about waiting around at the carousel before picking up your airport car rental.

Restricted items
That being said, you need to know what is and is not allowed through security. There's no need to miss your flight because you didn't come prepared. So, what can you squeeze into your reasonably-sized luggage you take on board with you? It might be easier to consider what's prohibited. Don't pack:

  • Beverages
  • Gel candies
  • Gel shoe inserts
  • Knives or box cutters
  • Sporting equipment
  • Lighters or lighter fluid
  • Any liquid that weighs more than 3 ounces
  • Jello, pudding or yogurt

If you do pack gel deodorants, mouthwash, toothpaste and the like, make sure that they are in containers that hold less than 3 ounces. Additionally, any of these types of products that you are taking with you should be able to fit in a single quart-sized zip-top plastic bag. This should be removed from your bag and placed in the security bin.

Stick to the basics, and you could have no trouble making it through security and to your gate on time.

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