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Have a Quiet Flight – Prepare Your Home Before You Leave

Have a Quiet Flight – Prepare Your Home Before You Leave

download (67)There was a time when you could rush to the airport to check-in at the last minute, say your good-byes at the gate, and have pleasant chats with the pilot upon boarding the aircraft. This is far from the present situation when it comes to airline security. Though everyone wants a more secure airspace, many travelers have gotten used to the hassles of getting through airports. Taking this to mind, follow this guide so your travel time will be less challenging for everyone.

Before you even leave your home, see to it that the proper clothes and amenities are included in your carry-on. It may no longer be practical to wear your Sunday clothes, but a little amount of strategy can let you save time as you get through the long lines. Using loose, simple clothes will not only make you feel comfortable during the flight, but will also save you the trouble of removing those layers at the checkpoint. All kinds of metal accessories like your belt and jewelry have to be taken off at the security counter. As an option, place all metal such as keys and coins in a plastic bag or container inside you carry-on before your arrival. This will help facilitate a faster check-in process. Another important part of your wardrobe is your shoes. You need to be ready to take them off unless of course you are using flip-flops. Or else, you can wear a pair of slip-ons the next time you travel. When you are traveling with children below 12, they do not have to remove their shoes.

Airport safety officials (such as TSA agents) will also want to inspect anything you bring in your check-in baggage. If you lock your bags, be aware that the personnel can destroy the lock so as to check the items in it. To avoid this, use a locking mechanism recognized by TSA, which can only be opened by TSA. However, if you board an international flight, you still have to face the risks of having your locks broken for the purpose of inspection. Some rules of thumb when it comes to packing checked baggage: you can take along a pack of sporting equipment, knives and swords, but nothing explosive or flammable. Alcohol is flammable, so think again before taking home a bottle of vodka from Russia.

Since restrictions can change from time to time, check the Transportation Security Administration’s website to get updates whenever you travel.

  • Avoid packing or taking along prohibited items to the airports.
  • Let your gifts remain unwrapped since they may be inspected.
  • Do not wear clothes, jewelry or accessories with metal because they may trigger the alarm on the metal detector.
  • Avoid carrying excess baggage. This is limited to only one carry-on bag, as well as one personal item. The latter may be a purse, camera case, briefcase, small backpack or laptop. Don’t forget: 1 + 1.
  • Include some form of identification on every baggage. Remember your laptop.
  • Layering your items is important in packing your carry-on luggage. The x-ray technician will find it easy to inspect your items when your luggage consists of an orderly layer of clothing, electronic and heavier things. If everything is topsy-turvy inside your bag and not separated, even an uncomplicated item like an mp3 player or cell phone can look like a potential risk in an x-ray.

Preparing for Your Flight – The Carry-On Liquids Rules

Preparing for Your Flight – The Carry-On Liquids Rules

download (66)There are certain restrictions on carrying liquids on board of an airplane, and in this regard, it is not worth the trouble to take along a bottle of Evian while flying. Plus, hanging on to a cup of Starbucks coffee while waiting to board your 6:00 am flight just to be told to finish or throw it before reaching the security check point is difficult to deal with.

Regardless of all the declared restrictions on carry-on liquids, creams, gels and the like that the TSA published, the actual execution of such rules will significantly vary from one airport to another all through the US and abroad. The reasons also differ – like insufficient training, own interpretation of the rules by TSA employees or simply, laziness in sticking to them. In any case, TSA employees are searching for needles in a haystack since a huge number of travelers pass their patrol each day. So, managing to get your favorite beverage transported is actually a toss of a coin.

If you are a traveler, you can argue with a screener who insists that you throw the bottle of fresh water, or just take the necessary steps to avoid any unpleasant incidents that can spoil the dream vacation you long for or an important meeting with a client. Some tips on carry-on restrictions to make the experience a bit more pleasant are as follows:

Tip No. 1: Take a plastic zipper bag (1 quart)

This is neither a sandwich bag nor any of the plastic bags used for produce at your local grocery. It should be a quart with possibly few markings.

Tip No. 2: Store liquids and creams in brand name bottles.

Many people make the mistake of transferring a few ounces of shampoo from the original bottle into a smaller plastic/metal bottle that has no markings, which is not a good idea. One of the things that will easily capture the attention of TSA inspectors are items that cannot be immediately identified. So, make sure your liquids are in a brand name container – even though they do not match the label.

Tip No. 3: Lots of people make the mistake of transferring a certain amount of liquid in bottles capable of containing liquid that are beyond the limits.

This is certainly not good at all. The bottle must be able to hold three ounces at the most, no matter how much is inside it.

Tip No. 4: Take note of the following if you will travel between two non-US cities.

In case you are traveling aboard a US flag carrier, the rules imposed by such carriers are usually stricter than they are in the US. As an example, there was a recent flight on American Airlines bound for Singapore from Tokyo, where all kinds of liquids, creams, lotions or pastes that were purchased were prohibited from being hand carried into the aircraft.

Tip No. 5: Always check your bags.

While nobody likes to do this if not needed, it would be such as hassle to contend with the apprehension, uncertainties and irregularities of trying to bring along any kind on non-solid item beyond security or the next level of security, which is present at many international airports that service flights to the US.

At the end of the day, the bottom line is plain and simple. With respect to carry-on liquids and their restrictions, be smart and do not go against the system. You may encounter a TSA inspector who may use you as an example, then you will definitely lose.