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Travel Caution: Airport Carry-On and Luggage Concerns

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The rules of travel have changed significantly over the past few years, with tight regulations on air travel, ambiguous car searches that may have different legal requirements in different states, and the feeling that one can never really be sure what is proper or improper in the world of travel any longer. In most situations, your airline or airport website will have an accurate and up-to-date list of what is okay and what is not okay regarding your bags if you want to fly in friendly skies. As if preparing for a trip weren't challenging enough, now we're all required to pack according to hazy and unclear standards and a list we print off from the airlines for you.

Avoid attempting to squeeze into a carry-on that you know is not really a carry-on as the first indicator of travel complacency. You'll find yourself in the frustrating situation of attempting to force a large bag—which won't fit—onto the airplane through argument. You won't be successful. Previously, you would have done so, but not any longer. Now, you'll just have to check it and run the chance of paying an extra cost for having too much luggage. Additionally, if you merely scaled down into standard-sized carry-on bags, you could have traveled with your usual collection of comfort things. The plain fact is that where there once was some leeway, there is now none.

No matter how current your knowledge of flight contracts is, you should always check with the airline's business the day before your trip. Policy revisions involving luggage, especially carry-on baggage, can change in a heartbeat. Policy changes don't always make it to internet in a decent amount of time. It's always preferable to arrive prepared with the most recent knowledge rather than assume that your experience from even a few months ago will still hold true. Simply put, difficulty at the airport is twice as frustrating as difficulty elsewhere. That is how it is expressed in the literature.

What I can Carry?

What I can Carry?

Some More Tips On Airport Carry-On

List of What You Can Bring in Your Carry-On for a Flight

Small Utensils

Small tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers are acceptable as long as their length is 7 inches or less. Nail clippers, pill cutters, and small scissors with blades measuring 4 inches or less from the pivot point are also acceptable carry-on items. If they are sharp, all other tools should be safely packaged and placed in checked luggage.

Fire-resistant liquids, plasma, and sprays, including 3.4 ounces or less of food, beverages, and amenities

Almost all liquids (such as drinks, contact lens solution, shampoo, cosmetics, liquid medications, nail polish, perfume/cologne, and face toner), gels (such as hair gel, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and face serum), and aerosols (items dispersed in a pressurized spray can or bottles, such as hairspray, dry shampoo, or spray-on deodorant) are permitted in your carry-on bag. However, everything you bring on must fit into a single, quart-sized, clear, zipped plastic bag and be in a 3.4-ounce or smaller container. This includes food and drink. So, if you have a 6-ounce tub of lotion, and you've already used more than half of it up, you still are not allowed to bring it through TSA security and onto the plane. However, medically required liquids, such as insulin and infant formula, may be an exemption from these regulations.

Flammable Elements

Common lighters and one book of safety matches are allowed in carry-on luggage, but strike-anywhere matches, which can be ignited by striking them against any rough, dry surface, are not allowed in either checked or carry-on luggage. Safety matches and other types of matches are not allowed in checked baggage.

Battery packs

Dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) are allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. As long as they are inside of a gadget, lithium batteries with 100-watt hours or less may be checked or taken on board. Lithium batteries that are unpackaged may only be transported; they cannot be examined.

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Needles for Knitting

Both carry-on and checked bags may contain knitting and needlepoint supplies. In order to protect luggage handlers and inspectors from harm, make sure that any knitting needles are wrapped or otherwise safeguarded.


Gifts that have been wrapped and adhere to safety and security rules may be brought on board. But it's best to leave gifts unopened until you get to your destination because security screeners might unwrap them for scrutiny.


Electronics Cell phones and tablet computers do not need to be taken out of the luggage during screening because they are compact, portable electronics that are smaller than a typical laptop. Larger devices, including as full-size DVD players, full-size video game consoles, and laptops, must be taken out of their cases, placed in a different bin, and individually examined at security checkpoints.

Drugs and medical supplies

All prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals may be brought on board the aircraft in an arbitrary number of doses. Other medical essentials, such as EpiPens, canes, casts, blood-sugar test kits, crutches, liquid nutrition for travelers with disabilities, and items used for cosmetic or medical purposes, such as mastectomy products, can also be transported in carry-on luggage. Before passing through security, certain things must be declared to screeners and are subject to further inspection.

Baby necessities, supplies, and food

If a baby or small child is traveling, the formula, breast milk, juice, teethers filled with gel or liquid, and canned, jarred, or processed baby food are all permissible on board the aircraft. These substances must be taken from your carry-on luggage, declared to screeners before passing through security, and subject to further screening even though they do not need to adhere to the 3-1-1 guideline as other liquids or gels do. Baby wipes, child car seats, and baby carriers can also be brought on board the plane along with food and formula.

Costly Goods

Jewelry, cash, and other valuables should always be carried with you even when it's not required, providing they comply with security rules.

Poster of prohibited things for airport

Poster of prohibited things for airport

Electronic cigarettes, vaping equipment, and e-liquids

You are permitted through security as long as the amount of e-liquid you are bringing onboard is less than 3.4 ounces; quantities greater than 3.4 ounces must be scrutinized. Batteries-operated e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery devices, however, are only permitted in carry-on luggage or on the passenger's person. All of these items are forbidden by the FAA in checked baggage.

Electric and disposable razors

Razors, both disposable and electric, are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags.

Wedding gown

Take safety precautions before bringing a bridal dress through security and onto your aircraft. In a garment bag with protection, gently and properly pack the dress. Inquire with your airline about their guidelines for packing the item securely in the cabin and whether it qualifies as a carry-on item (you may be charged extra).

Miniature Animals

Passengers may bring small dogs past security checkpoints, but it is your duty to inquire about the airline's specific rules. Security personnel must remove pets from their carriers (which must also pass through security) and screen them.

So, that's all from today's travel tips. See you guys in my next blog.

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