Air Travel 33

Air Travel 33



AIR TRAVEL
You've made all your travel arrangements,​ your neighbor's all set with a​ key to​ get in​ and water your plants .​
All that remains is​ to​ pack your bags and show up at​ the​ airport .​
Before 2001,​ this meant just stuffing your bag the​ night before and getting yourself to​ the​ gate .​
Now,​ all carriers with a​ departure or​ landing point in​ the​ U.S .​
randomly select a​ percentage of​ each flight's passengers for vigorous security screenings .​
Casual and careless packing won't do.
Here's a​ quick rundown of​ what to​ pack in​ an​ accessible manner and what not to​ pack,​ to​ make your air travel experience smoother and less stressful .​
Remember,​ everything on​ your person or​ in​ your hand is​ scrutinized before boarding .​
Checked luggage is​ screened as​ well .​
When you've booked your air travel tickets,​ check with the​ airline for its carry-on luggage size requirements .​
There's no negotiating here.
Ordinary items for air travel transportation become extraordinary in​ the​ eyes of​ a​ security inspector .​
Toiletries in​ gel,​ liquid or​ aerosol form must be packed in​ containers of​ 3-ounces or​ less .​
All the​ individual containers must fit inside one clear plastic,​ quart-size zippered bag .​
If your 3-ounces of​ shampoo are in​ a​ 4-ounce container,​ or​ you've used a​ gallon bag,​ out it​ goes in​ the​ trash! Be prepared to​ pull these items from your bag at​ the​ security checkpoint for a​ separate inspection through the​ x-ray machine.
Toiletries are easily obtained almost anywhere in​ the​ world,​ consider buying upon arrival at​ your destination .​
This also saves cleaning up the​ foams and liquids that may douse the​ contents of​ your bag under cabin pressure during air travel.
If you're carrying change in​ your pocket or​ jewelry items,​ pack these in​ clear plastic bags for easy inspection and save yourself a​ hassle .​
If you're carrying medications,​ stash these separately in​ your carry-on and ask for a​ visual inspection,​ unless you​ don't mind them being x-rayed as​ well.
Security now requires that shoes be x-rayed as​ well,​ so choose a​ slip-on pair for air travel .​
When taking young children,​ fold up that stroller as​ you​ approach the​ security checkpoint and bag the​ basket contents separately .​
Some common items are always on​ the​ air travel no-fly list .​
Scissors,​ metal nail files,​ clippers or​ even knitting needles are forbidden and will be tossed by security .​
You can buy these items on​ arrival .​
You'll free up valuable packing space by simply eliminating them from your packing list .​
Leave the​ kid's toy knives and guns at​ home too.
For the​ most up-to-date complete list of​ items that are inspected or​ forbidden,​ check the​ government website at​ http:www.tsa.gov for guidance .​
You'll save time,​ hassles and be better prepared and less stressed for your air travel!




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