Wednesday, 24 July 2013 17:48

While Traveling in a Terminal, It can Help Understanding the Ropes

If you don’t take a trip regularly, there is often a little anxiety and apprehension when taking a vacation. To begin with, you realize there are likely to be lots of people, so standing in long lines and then the hurry when it is your turn may cause apprehension. Plus you know that airport security will be all business, you have to catch an airplane that perhaps you’re very late for. And you also aren’t entirely clear exactly how to get through security without bringing up any red flags.

The Terminal security area may be your gateway to adventure, but it could also seem like a challenging obstacle to overcome. So attempting to provide you more reassurance, here we'll provide you with a few ideas that will allow you to breeze through.

1. Items to pack, take on or leave back home. Easy regulation: when it can blow up, including aerosols or lighting fluid, leave it back home. If its non-flammable liquids or gels and in any 3.4 ounce container (or less), you can carry it through security. Weapons, tools or sports equipment that could be used as a weapon or self-defense objects have to be inspected.

2. Going through security. Foremost, come with an acceptable I. D. available. This would include a US Military ID, passport, driver’s license from any DMV (with image), foreign government-issued passport, permanent resident card or DHS “Trusted Traveler” card. After that take everything out of your pockets as well as separate your laptop from your handbag.

3. The most significant question: what are the guidelines on liquids? The TSA provides guidelines which might be generally encompassed with the 3-1-1 rule. In limited quantities (3.4 ounces or less), as mentioned earlier, liquids, aerosols and gels will be safe to bring aboard a plane. Each person is allowed one quart-sized, see-through plastic bag, ideally a zip-top, to contain all of these 3.4 ounce containers. So 3 ounces with liquid put into 1 quart-sized bag, limited to 1 bag for each passenger. Put them over the screening bin at check-in.

In case you are uncertain, of course, place your fluids in the luggage that you check. Generally extended trips would require you to have bigger containers, so 3-1-1 is designed for short trips. The one exception to this will be medicines, food and baby formula, which are permissible within bigger quantities without requiring a zip-top bag. As long as they are within “reasonable” amounts, these items could be declared for examination at checkpoint.

If you are going to travel, there is a good chance you will have to navigate airport security. Our travel sites have a lot of great information to better your traveling experience. Check out our Mediterranean website, along with our Florida site so many cruises originate. Jim O'Connell is a writer and avid traveler now living in Chicago. Jim O'Connel

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