It’s spring break time, one of the busiest times for air travel! I’ll be getting on a plane myself, but I thought there might be some that need a few reminders about what is allowed / not allowed on airplanes these days.
There aren’t many travel dorks like myself that get regular emails from the Transportation Security Administration, or that go onto their website just to click around and read (www.tsa.gov).
Perhaps I can hit some points to get you good to go for your next flight, remember I’m just the messenger, I didn’t make the rules!
Can I take a flask onboard? The 3-1-1 liquid rule is still in effect. Which means all liquids, gels or “moldable” substances that are or are in containers over 3 ounces need to go into your checked bag.
You can travel with liquids that are 3 ounces or less that will fit in 1 quart size clear plastic bag, 1 bag per person. The 3-1-1 baggie goes in your carry- on bag. Don’t roll up big toothpaste tubes, or forget the bottle of perfume in your purse - you will lose them at security.
What about my drugs? Notify the TSA officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin, and insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified like with a prescription label with your name.
Do I still have to take my shoes off? Listen, unless you have TSA pre-check, you will have to remove your shoes. So save yourself the hassle of unbuckling, unzipping or untying and wear those slip-ons! I recommend socks too, as those floors are a bit grimy.
Passengers 75 and older who are unable to stand for screening will be screened through other security methods. They also get the perk of leaving on their shoes and light jacket during screening. Of course, if the alarm goes off, you will wish you had worn slip-on shoes.
It’s legal in Oklahoma, what about my oil? “Possession of marijuana and cannabis infused products, such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law.
TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and cannabis infused products. TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.
Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but in the event a substance that appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer,” (so says the website).
And my vape? The FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.
And just in case you were wondering, here’s some clarification on what is allowed on the airplane on your person, or in your carry-on bag. I’m not sure who and how things were determined to be dangerous or not. Again, I’m just the messenger!
• Go ahead and wear your steel toed boots. Don’t carry-on a slingshot.
• Toy guns are generally permitted, but better off in your checked bag. Unless it’s a squirt gun. Then make sure there isn’t any water in it.
• (This one kinda confuses me) Take your camera monopod or tripod. But you can’t take your cattle prod.
• (OK, so does this) You can take a corkscrew, but not a drill bit.
• Knitting needles are no longer considered a weapon, so carry-them on. Tools seven inches or shorter (measured from end to end when assembled) like a screwdriver are allowed in carry-on baggage.
• You can also carry-on rocks, (whoever decided a rock wasn’t a weapon didn’t know my much older sister).
• Waffle iron? Sure! Carry-it on! (ditto on the sister comment)
And in case you were wondering, you can also carry-on geiger counters, glass vases, and gravy. It’s itemized on the website.
If it’s not listed, you might ask your Magic 8 Ball. But, alas, it’s no allowed onboard.
But for this traveler, the one thing I never leave home without, duct tape is still Good to Go onboard!
Patti Beth Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the group travel industry taking people all over the world. Her motto is "I return with the same number of people I left with… not necessarily the same people, but the same number nevertheless. So no 'crankpots' allowed" She may be reached at 918-786-3318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.