Holiday Travel Packing Tips

With the recent restrictions on packing liquids and gels in carry on luggage, and the increased travel expected for the holiday season, TSA has released the “3-1-1 on Air Travel” awareness program. Passengers can get the latest information on what items they may carry on-board an aircraft and how to properly pack them in preparation for the security screening process. Here are some key things to remember:

3 –1–1 on air travel = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin at the checkpoint. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Prescription medications, baby formula and milk are allowed in quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

Travelers leaving from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport should arrive at least one hour prior to their departure time. Larger airports often require arriving a minimum of 2 hours prior to flight departure time.

For more information, please visit http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm.

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