Travel Tips

It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission . . . except when it comes to air travel !  Let’s face it—you have enough to worry about without the added stress of airport security. But there’s no need to worry. A little prevention can go a long way.

We give you the latest information on airport security, baggage regulations, prohibited items and holiday travel. Just follow our travel tips and your life will be a whole lot easier. For tips in addition to the ones listed below, please check out the TSA Travelers website.

1. 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce bottle (100 ml) or less (by volume); ONE quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; ONE bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

2. Place bag separately on X-ray to speed screening!

3. Exceptions include baby formula/milk and baby food in containers if a baby or small child is traveling, juice for small children, medications (liquids, gels and/or aerosol), and liquids (to include water, juice or liquid nutrients) or gels for diabetic or other medical needs.

4. During the Christmas holiday season, remember that SNOW GLOBES are prohibited from carry-on luggage and should be packed in checked luggage.  Also, DO NOT place wrapped presents in either your checked or carry-on luggage.

5. Pack sporting goods such as baseball bats and golf clubs in your checked luggage.

6. Pack tools such as axes and hammers in your checked luggage.

7. Pack alcohol in checked luggage since it is prohibited in carry-on.

8. Pack alcohol in checked luggage since most containers are prohibited in carry-on. Only 3.4 oz bottles (100ml) can be carried on.  No alcohol greater that 80 proof can be transported.

9. Mark checked and carry-on luggage inside and out with your contact information (name, phone number, address, flight information)

10. Pack medications, important documents such as your passport, jewelery and other valuables in your carry-on luggage!

11. Make sure you have your ticket, boarding pass and a valid official government-issued ID before entering the security checkpoint.

12. Arrive approximately 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure time to allow plenty of time for security procedures.

13. Do not place WRAPPED gifts in either your checked or carry-on luggage,

14. Check with your airline to check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport.

15. Electronic devices such as laptop computers, cell phones and camera equipment are still allowed in carry-on luggage.  Place laptops DIRECTLY (removed from all cases and sleeves) on the X-ray desk.  DO NOT place your laptop in your checked luggage.

16. Check WEIGHT LIMITS on checked and carry-on luggage with your airline.  See your airline for information on special baggage, such as musical instruments or sporting goods.  See your airline’s website for specific information about charges for excess baggage.

17. Delta Baggage Limits:
• One carry-on bag and one personal item 40 lbs. Max
• Carry-on not to exceed  (L - W - H) (22 - 9 - 14)
• One Small Personal Item such as a Purse, Briefcase, Computer Bag, Camera Bag, Diaper Bag, or an item of similar size.
• Coach: Checked bags 50 pounds or less and not to exceed 62 linear inches. It is always cheaper to travel with two bags within weight limits than one over weight bag. Please click on the airplane carriers website for addition information on baggage fees.
Delta Luggage Information

18: United Baggage Limits:
• One carry-on and one personal item
• Carry-on not to exceed (L - W - H) (22 - 9 - 14)
• Coach: Checked bags 50 pounds or less and not to exceed 62 linear inches. It is always cheaper to travel with two bags within weight limits than one over weight bag. Please click on the airplane carriers website for addition information on baggage fees.
United Luggage Information

19. American Airways Express Baggage Limits:
• One carry-on and one personal item
• Carry-on not to exceed (L - W - H) (22 - 9 - 14)
•Coach: Checked bags 50 pounds or less and not to exceed 62 linear inches.  It is always cheaper to travel with two bags within weight limits than one over weight bag. Please click on the airplane carriers website for addition information on baggage fees.
American Airways Baggage information

20. You must take your shoes off and put them on the X-ray at the security checkpoint!  Gel inserts are PROHIBITED!

21. Do not leave your luggage unattended at any time!

22. If your luggage has locks, keep them with you in case your luggage needs to be inspected.

23. Mark your bag so that you can easily identify it, such as with colored tape.

24. Do not delay picking up your luggage as soon as you arrive or it may be gone.

25. DO NOT make inappropriate jokes in the airport dealing with airport security, terrorism or related subjects.

26. What counts as a personal item?
•Purse
• Briefcase
• Laptop Computer
• Camera Case
• Small Backpack
• Diaper Bag
• Items of similar size to the above
• Check with your airline to be sure!

27. If you are switching airlines, check to see if your luggage is checked through to its final destination or if you will need to recheck it.

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