Dealing with security can be one of the most stressful parts of travel today. Some simple tips, like having your boarding pass ready for inspection and being ready to remove your jacket can make screening an easy process. Here are a few other tips and ideas for getting through airport security.
Liquids, gels, and aerosols are only permitted in carry-on luggage in small amounts. For these items, follow the TSA’s simple 3-1-1 rule: no more than 3 ounce (100ml) containers, placed in a one quart clear resealable bag with one resealable bag per traveler. You will be asked to present this bag for screening so be sure to have it handy. Items such as milk, wet wipes, and baby food are not restricted under the 100ml rule and do not need to be kept inside the resealable bag. If you are concerned about any items, simply pack them in your checked baggage to avoid any delay.
Medications are permitted in larger quantities, but some will require prior authorization from the airline. Remember to bring written documentation for all prescriptions. Over the counter medications such as Advil and Tylenol are allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage. Security officials recommend labeling these items for faster screening.
Any item that can be used as or could be mistaken for a weapon will certainly lengthen your trip through security. This includes toy guns, darts, razor blades, scissors, and sports equipment such as bats, clubs, and pool cues. If in doubt, ask an official before going through security so that you may place any restricted items in your checked baggage and avoid confiscation. London’s Heathrow Airport has recently become one of the strictest airports in the world in terms of security and regulation. Before you travel to the United Kingdom, it’s a good idea to check this information with your chosen airline as security guidelines will change often.
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