TSA Guidelines for Airline Travel | The Travel Toothpaste Refill System

Transportation Security AdministrationIf you’ve traveled by airline in the past several years, you are well aware that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has several rules and regulations regarding what can and cannot be taken in your carry-on luggage aboard an airplane.  In order to begin your travels on a good note, please review the TSA guidelines below.  A brief summary is included below, along with links to TSA resources for more detailed information:

  • Carry-On Liquids, Gels and Aerosols – It IS permitted to carry liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on luggage as long as they are in 3.4 oz. or smaller containers.  Toothpaste 2 Go was invented due to these TSA regulations.  Each traveler may use ONLY ONE quart-size, clear, zip-top bag to carry their liquids, gels and aerosols.  If you’re in doubt as to whether your specific item will be allowed, please pack it in your checked luggage instead.  There are exceptions to the 3.4 oz. size requirements for items such as breast milk, baby formula, medications and frozen items, but these must still be declared to a TSA agent when entering the screening area.
  • Checked Baggage Packing Tips– Make sure that you do not lock your luggage for the TSA agents will be inspecting your luggage thoroughly.  If they can’t gain access to your luggage’s contents due to a lock, they will break it.  You should also never pack fragile or extremely valuable items, such as electronics or jewelry.  Make sure that any film you may have is also not stored in your checked baggage, for the screening equipment used by the TSA will ruin it.  Also, do pack any wrapped gifts inside your checked luggage, for the TSA agents will unwrap them in order to inspect the item.  It’s also a good idea to have your luggage labeled clearly both inside and out as well as not to over-pack, so that nothing can spill out when inspected.
  • Prohibited Items – Of course, there are some items which are strictly prohibited from being carried aboard an aircraft, no matter whether they are in your carry-on or checked luggage.  Basically, if the item is considered flammable or explosive, then it is NOT allowed on an airplane.  Most all other forms of sports equipment, martial arts and self-defense items, tools and firearms are allowed to be carried in your checked baggage, but not allowed to be carried on.  The main exception to this rule is common lighters, which can be packed in your carry-on luggage, but not in your checked luggage.  If your lighter contains fuel though, it must be housed in a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved case.

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