February 21st, 2014


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Since 911, those that have travelled by air have pretty much been exposed to the Transportation Security Administration(TSA) procedures concerning luggage and what’s acceptable to carry-on verses what should be checked-in. But,if you’re a little behind the times or someone that has never flown before,then here is the latest 411 about the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule.

Now, before I explain what the 3-1-1 rule is, just take a minute to think about all of the toiletries we take with us for travel. Everything from deodorant to expensive colognes, perfumes, oils, lotions, potions, make-up and countless other liquids, gels and aerosols that can cost a boatload of money. Then imagine having to throw your precious items away because of a simple rule you had no knowledge of. That’s right, your $20.00 bottle of name brand hand lotion or an $80.00 bottle of French perfume can end up being tossed into a bin, simply because it wasn’t packed properly.

So, what is the 3-1-1 rule? Well according to the TSA’s website it’s the following:

  • 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols; placed per container in a
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles;
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin

That’s right,your carry-on bagmust have all liquids, gels and aerosols placed in 3.4 ounce bottles or less and then placed into ONEquart size zip-locked bag and only ONE zip-lock bag is allowed per passenger. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take larger size bottles with you. You just need to pack those larger containers or bottles in your checked-in baggage. Also, if you’re a parent traveling with infants or small children and have breast milk, or baby formula that exceeds the 3.4 ounces, it’s best to bring this to the attention of the screening officerand obtain further instructions.

By the way, this rule applies to domestic travel and may be different for international flights. Also, the rule may be limited to certain airports, but in the end, having the 411 on the TSA’s 3-1-1, could save you time and even money. For more information,visit the TSA website to obtain policy changes, travel updates and other critical Airport travel information and remember be safe and have fun.

Lolita Todd

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