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Liquids in Carry On

As we all know with the increase in terror related incidents all over the world airport security screenings have been considerably beefed up to deter and/or capture any would be miscreant/terrorist. While it may mean a temporary inconvenience to a traveler it’s become a standard that has proven life saving. For any and all passengers going into or through the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after careful consideration have outlined the following for any travelers having to carry liquids in their carry on luggage:

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula, breast milk, and juice, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint.

3, 3oz. containers of liquid or gel

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed in carry on luggage but are allowed in checked luggage. Each container must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller.

1, 1qt clear plastic zip fastened or zip locked bag

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

Be prepared

  • Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

Declare larger quantities of liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening.