spacer image
Skip Nav Skip to Search
Contact  |  Subscribe to the Buzz by RSS
spacer image
RSS Feeds get adobe reader
Trasportation Security Administration (TSA) logo Summer Travel Tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Important Information for Air Travelers


TSA Summer Travel Banner


3-1-1 for Carry-ons


TSA wants travelers to remember the 3-1-1 rule for carrying liquids, gels and aerosols through the checkpoint.

* 3-ounce or smaller containers of liquid,   gels and aerosols placed in a 

* 1-quart, clear, plastic, zip-top bag

* 1 bag per passenger placed in a plastic    bin for screening

The one-quart plastic bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring through the checkpoint.

The liquid restriction applies only to carry-on bags.  You can still pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in your checked baggage.


Prepare before leaving for the airport.  Take time at home to go through your carry-on bags to ensure you don't have liquids, gels or other prohibited items.  don't overstuff your carry-on or checked baggage.  If your bag is opened for inspection, it may be difficult to repack the same way or to close.  These measure will speed up the process for you and everyone in line behind you.

A few extra moments spent reviewing packing advice, security guidelines and airline rules can make your trip less stressful.  Visit the TSA web site at www.tsa-gov for easy-to-follow travel tips for parents, persons with special needs and the general public.


Passengers should arrive at the airport early to allow additional time for parking, check-in and going through security.  If you have children, talk to them about the screening process before arriving at the airport so they won't be frightened or surprised.

Summer travel is a team sport, involving TSA, airlines, airports and passengers.  Working together we will anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.  Travelers can save time by leaving prohibited items at home.

Despite increased summer air travel, peak wait times at the busiest airports in the country remain consistent during summer months.  TSA's mission is security, and we intend to maintain reasonable wait times without compromising security.


Clothing: To maximize efficiency at the security checkpoint, avoid wearing clothing with metal and stow all metal items in your carry-on luggage.

Footwear: You are required to remove footwear for X-ray screening.  Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed you through screening.

Boarding Pass and ID: When approaching the security checkpoint, passengers will be asked to present a boarding pass and a government issued identification.

Electronics: Electronics the size of a standard laptop or larger, such as game consoles and full-size DVD players, and video cameras that use video cassettes must be removed from their carrying cases and submitted separately for X-ray screening.  Smaller electronics such as e-readers, netbooks and iPads typically do not need to be removed from carry-on baggage for screening.

Locking Checked Bags: When locking checked baggage use a TSA recognized lock.  A list of these locks can be found at


Not all trips through the checkpoint will be exactly the same because of TSA's layered screening approach.  It includes an element of unpredictability that is easy for passengers to navigate but difficult for terrorists to manipulate.  Remember, security activities are designed to protect you, your family and loved ones, and are not meant to be inconvenient.


Belligerence, inappropriate jokes and threats are not tolerated.  Jokes and/or comments about threats to passengers or the aircraft will be taken seriously and can result in criminal or civil penalties for the passenger.


TSA Claim form for missing or damaged items: TSA security officers exercise great care to ensure that your property is properly handled should baggage need to be opened.  However, if you believe TSA is responsible for damage or loss, you can file a claim at  You can also check the status of your claim online.

Contact Center: for questions or concerns about security and screening, email the Contact Center at

Lost Items: If you lost or left an item at a TSA security checkpoint, you can locate the lost and found contact numbers for specific airports by visiting


To download an electronic version of this information click here

Helpful hints for summer travelers checklist

Transportation Security Administration web site