With so many rules and regulations pertaining to air travel, it’s important that you’re prepped and ready for your next flight.

By Quinn Valdivia

Getting through security can seem like a hassle sometimes, but the Transportation Security Administration continuously provides tips for smooth sailing.While no major changes have been made recently, it’s important to stay up to date on the TSA rules and regulations. The TSA website provides detailed guidelines and provides answers to frequently asked questions, so any queries you may have can be answered before you arrive at the airport.

Another amazing asset that the Transport Security Administration recommends is their app MyTSA which is available on iOS and Google Play. You can find helpful videos, flight times, and weather updates as well as the wait times for your security. Each of these features will ensure you have a stress-free, efficient security experience.

The TSA has provided several tips for an easy airport security experience, here are the ones they emphasize the most:

  1. Arrive early, 2 hours for domestic flights and 3 hours for international
  2. When it comes to liquids, follow the 3-1-1 rule; Containers of no more than 4 ounces that fit in one quart-sized bag which is stored in one carry-on.
  3. Have a government-issued ID and boarding pass prepared for the TSA agent once you reach the front of the line.
  4. Valuables (i.e. electronics, jewelry, documents) should be stored in carry-on baggage rather than checked.
  5. Stay organized, know which items need to be removed from your baggage by checking with the TSA website.
  6. Take your time unpacking and re-packing your bags, The TSA estimates that approximately 90,000 to 100,000 items are left behind at checkpoints each
  7. Avoid additional screenings by placing cell phones, keys, change, and other items inside your carry-on baggage before reaching the security checkpoint.
  8. Wear clothes and shoes that are easily removable to avoid unnecessary
  9. Rules are a bit different when it comes to traveling with babies and young children, refer to the TSA website for specifics.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The TSA team is there to ensure you have a safe and efficient journey.

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