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Packing a Punch

I’ve taken 13 flights in the past two months, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned – besides mastering that “Lost in Translation”-like blank stare on people movers, escalators and airtrams – it’s that good things really do come in small packages. By small, I mean 3 oz. or less.

This really crystallized for me after watching a woman, who was undoubtedly somebody’s mom, cause quite a ruckus at security because she was forced to check her designer purse (or risk having the nearly $300 worth of beauty products that it contained tossed in the garbage). Then, there was another passenger who accused security of stealing her jewelry (while her husband moseyed toward the gate). I had a good chuckle because she was merely being asked to remove her necklaces before walking through the metal detector.

Traveling during the past few years has inspired all sorts of colorful language and funny-in-hindsight stories. Knowing the new TSA regulations before you go will make your travel day, and that of your fellow passengers, that much easier: Here are the Cliff Notes:

1. You must remove your shoes when going through the security checkpoint.
2. You can only bring 3 oz. containers of cosmetic and toiletry liquids, pastes and gels.
3. Said containers must be placed in one quart-sized Ziplock bag per person – not sandwich-sized nor gallon-sized. This part is to be taken quite literally.

As more people learn the regulations, I’ll have fewer stories to tell. Keep us laughing by sharing your funniest airport security experience here!


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Jo Anne Wright

Just some additional hints not related to TSA.

If you need daily medications, be sure to pack them in your carry-on in the original prescription bottles. Too many people with serious health problems pack their meds in checked baggage only to have them lost.

Leave the jewelry at home or keep it with you in carry on luggage. Ditto for electronic devices unless current security measures restrict them.

Photocopy your passport and leave a copy at home that can be accessed in an emergency. Lost passports are easier to replace if you have a photocopy.

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