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  1. Lse
    December 31, 2019 @ 6:50 pm

    What size of ziplock is accepted for my liquids and gels?

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    • Ali Garland
      January 4, 2020 @ 1:16 pm

      For carry on luggage, your liquids bag must be 1 quart (or smaller, but a quart is already pretty small) and you are only allowed one liquids bag per person. Read more about traveling with liquids.

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  2. Barbara peterson
    December 26, 2017 @ 7:46 pm

    Can a stainless steel drinking cup with plastic cover be carried on to the plane?

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    • Ali Garland
      December 28, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

      Yep, that should be fine, just make sure there’s no liquid in it when you go through the security check.

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      • Barbara G Peterson
        December 29, 2017 @ 12:50 am

        Thanks, I was glad to have known in advance. I have in the past had my favorite perfume confiscated” the bottle was 5oz but was only half full. So I did not want to take a chance

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        • Ali Garland
          December 29, 2017 @ 10:06 am

          Yep, it’s a strange rule. You can’t have liquids over 3.4 ounces, so even if the container is much bigger but almost empty, they won’t let you take it. But if the container is completely empty, you’re fine.

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  3. Barbara peterson
    December 26, 2017 @ 7:41 pm

    I use a nebulizer daily, it is electrical, should it be in my carry on or in my stored luggage

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    • Ali Garland
      December 28, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

      Hi Barbara, I believe that’s a medical device, correct? That should go in your carry-on. I’d hate for your luggage to get lost with that in it. I’m not sure how big it is, but if you need a separate bag for it, you might want to get a note from your doctor explaining what it is and why you need it to be sure it stays with you.

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  4. Christy
    August 2, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    Great tips! I’ve gotten really good at going through the airport security line. I even help Scott pick his stuff up after we go through because I’m quicker than him. 🙂 He’s always wearing a belt and carrying change/wallet/etc. I try to keep it simple.

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    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      Thanks Christy! It’s funny, I think the security line is one of the few places where guys end up taking longer because women generally don’t have change and wallets and things like that in our pockets. Glad you can help him out!

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  5. The Squishy Monster
    August 2, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    These are some fantastic points! I wish everyone realized these things!!! =D

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    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      Thanks! We’ll help spread the word!

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  6. Jennifer
    August 2, 2012 @ 12:09 am

    I really think they should have an experienced traveler line at the airport. I always seem to get stuck behind the people that wait until they’re at the very front of the line to start taking out their liquids and taking off their shoes. You have nothing to do while standing in line; it’s a great time to be getting ready.

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    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      The Atlanta airport actually has one that’s called the expert traveler lane (though I don’t know if that’s official or just what frequent fliers call it) and it still happens there. I think part of it is that there are so many rules and if you don’t fly often, you can easily lose track of all the ridiculous things we have to do now to get through security.

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    • Wayne Ruffner
      April 11, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

      Check out the TSA’s “Pre Check” system. It works pretty good. Streamlined scrutiny, not as much hassle, and, best of all, only other experienced travelers are in there too.

      Much faster.

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      • Ali Garland
        April 12, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

        Definitely sounds like a good option for frequent travelers!

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  7. Gillian @OneGiantStep
    August 1, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    I have a rule of ‘everything has its place and everything in its place’ – this means I ALWAYS know where my passport is. I check frequently and know instantly if it’s not where it should be!!

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    • Ali Garland
      August 1, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      Exactly. Your passport is the most important thing you have with you, always know where it is. Thanks Gillian!

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    • Wayne Ruffner
      April 11, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

      One old dodge: “Sir, did you lose your wallet? I found this one here!”, then you pat your pocket, feel the lump, “No, thanks, still have mine.” For now…

      So realize too that constantly checking can inform others where you keep your important stuff.

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      • Ali Garland
        April 12, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

        Thanks Wayne, good point! Good to know where everything is and not let the rest of the world know.

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      • Pamela Mcgehee
        January 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

        I have to wear an orthopedic boot because of an injury to my lower leg. Will I have to remove this to go thru security ?

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        • Ali Garland
          February 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

          Hi Pamela! I can’t say for sure, but it looks like no, you would not be required to remove it. TSA has a lot of info about medical situations, so I recommend going to this page https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures and looking at the drop down menu. I think your boot would fall under the “Prosthesis, Cast, Support Brace, Sling, Support Appliance” section. I hope this helps!

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  8. Maria
    July 31, 2012 @ 1:15 am

    Simple tips, true. Easy to remember? Yes, but more easily forgotten.

    Always good to review 🙂

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    • Ali Garland
      July 31, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

      Exactly! Thanks Maria!

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