Heading to the airport? Flying somewhere for the holidays?

Here are some tips from Master of Homeland Security.org (MHS) to help you get through TSA checkpoints/screenings with few problems:

  1. Pack only what is allowed in your carry on. So leave your ammunition and flare guns at home. Put your brass knuckles in your checked bags. Remember to pack neatly, just in case someone from the TSA has to open your bag to check it out. You wouldn't want them touching your toothbrush, would you?
  2. MHS also suggests that you 'dress like a traveler.' They elaborate, by saying to wear shoes that can be easily removed and leave belts and heavy metal based jewelry at home. Remember that you will be asked to put your coat or heavy sweater through the metal detector as well.
  3. Have you heard enough about the liquids? Here it is one more time, 3-1-1.
    3.4 oz (100 mL) bottle or less for all liquids, gels, and aerosols; placed in a
    1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles; and
    1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin.
  4. Go head and bring food through the screening with you. Just know that it will be put through the machine. Items like jams, jellies, oils, sauces and liquids still might not be allowed. But feel free to pack a lunch and bring it with you. Leave the bottles of water at home, or bring an empty one with you to fill up at a water fountain once you have gone through security.
  5. Wait to wrap presents that are in your checked or carry on bags, just in case they need to be examined closer by the TSA.
  6. If you fly a lot, look into TSA Pre-Check. It might be worth the time and minimal expense to have easier travels in the future.
  7. If you have any other questions, know that you can call the TSA and ask them or look up their FAQ's on their website. Here is the phone number 866-289-9673. Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Eastern time; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern time.