Getting through airport security can certainly be a hassle, especially in the recent years. With all of the new restrictions on what you can pack in your luggage, what you have to do to get through security lines, and what ID will be expected, you may find yourself not wanting to travel at all.
However, if you get an idea of what to expect in advance, you can get through airport security much more easily. The most important thing is to understand carry-on restrictions. We almost all need to keep a carry-on bag with us simply as a way to have certain items close at hand. However, if you start reading the carry-on rules, you may be completely confused and a little overwhelmed. However, you do not have to be. Here are the basics of carry-on rules and restrictions so that you can more easily travel when you need to fly.
All Airlines are Different
While the carry-on rules set forth by the TSA will be the same no matter the airline, the actual carry-on size restrictions can vary from one airline to the other. When you are planning a trip, you need to check with your airline and find out what dimensions they allow for a carry-on bag. Generally, the dimensions are similar, but do not assume that they will be exactly the same from one airline to another.
Additionally, the number of carry-ons allowed can vary slightly from one airline to another. However, as a general rule, this is what you can expect. You will be allowed one carry-on for free that will need to be stored in the overhead bins on the flight. You will also be allowed one item referred to as a personal item. That personal item will need to be small enough so that it can fit underneath the seat that is directly in front of you. Generally, that personal item can include a laptop bag, a purse, a small duffle or a camera bag.
Some people like to keep toiletries in their carry-on bag. If you would like to do this, you need to keep in mind that the restrictions are extremely strict. You cannot carry any bottle larger than one ounce, and they must be stored in a clear container. You can find carry-on liquid containers on the travel aisle of your local department store. You can also choose the small travel bottles and then store them in a quart sized Ziploc bag. Make sure you keep all liquids within this rule or you could run into trouble when you go through airport security.
Watch Out for Dangerous Items
Security is very specific about dangerous items. There are full listings of what is considered dangerous on your airline’s website. However, some dangerous items include cigarette lighters, alcohol, and knives. Make sure you do not pack items of this type in a carry-on bag.
If you want to make sure your travel goes as smoothly as possible, keeping your carry-on within restrictions will make the whole process so much easier.