Airport Security Information Updates for Travelers

Protecting the Aviation System.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the process of implementing a series of security measures – some which will be evident to travelers– to ensure the security of the traveling public and the Nation’s transportation system. TSA will be immediately implementing following changes to airport screening procedures:

NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. THESE ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Some of the Permitted and Prohibited Items are listed below:


  • As of August 4, 2015 the following revisions have been made in regards to FAA regulations pertaining to Carry-On restrictions and the adjustments for the bans on Liquids, Aerosols and Gels.
  • There are two major changes:
  • ***Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in a QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag (a 7.5” x 8” Clear Zip-Top Bag).
  • ***After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.
  • At the Security checkpoint, travelers will be asked to remove this Zip-Top bag of liquids from their bag and place in a bin to be screened through the X-ray machine separately from their Carry-On bag.
  • Small amounts of Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling
  • Liquid prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket
  • Up to 5 oz. (148ml) of liquid or gel low blood sugar treatment
  • Up to 4 oz. of essential non-prescription liquid medications including saline solution, eye care products, cough medicine and KY jelly
  • Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics
  • Gel-filled wheelchair cushions
  • Life support and life sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs carried for medical reasons
  • Cuticle Cutters (No Nailfile Blade, though-in most cases)
  • Eyeglass Repair Tools
  • Umbrellas and Walking canes are allowed in Carry-On Baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that any prohibited items are not concealed.
  • Braille Note-Taker, Slate and Stylus & Augmentation Devices
  • Camcorders, Laptop Computers, Mobile Phones, Pagers, PDA’s & Camera Equipment (Storing undeveloped film in your checked baggage may be damaged from their screening equipment, so take with you as a Carry-On to a checkpoint and/or ask the screener to conduct a hand-inspection)
  • Some tools (less than seven inches in length, however passengers should check their respective carrier for specific guidelines and restrictions), and these should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers or Security Officers


Please check with your airline before arriving at the airport to verify their policies as in time they may alter these current guidelines, and also for their guidelines on transporting particularly larger items. It is an Air Carrier’s responsibility to restrict certain items due to size limitations and these standards vary from airline to another.

NOT Permitted for Carry-On (Must Be Checked or not permitted at all)

  • ALL Beverages, & Duty-Free Alcohol
  • Canned & Jarred Goods (Soups, sauces, Peanut Butter, vegetables, Etc), Cheese in Pressurized containers,
  • Jellos, Pudding, Yogurt, Whipped Cream
  • Gel-based Sports supplements
  • Gel Shoe Inserts (However, shoes which are constructed with gel heels are allowed, but must be removed and screened-check regulations with your airline carrier)
  • No Explosive or Flammable materials (including lighters, HOWEVER up to four (4) books of safety matches can be permitted as Carry-On ONLY)
  • No Disabling Chemicals or other Dangerous items at all (No Carry-On and Not permitted in Checked baggage either, which includes, but is not limited to): Lighter Fluid, Limited Personal Care aerosol’s, Chlorine for Pools and Spas, Liquid Bleach, Spray Paint, Tear Gas, Turpentine, Paint thinner and spillable batteries
  • Martial Arts and Self Defense Items (All MUST be stored in checked luggage)
  • Tools seven inches or larger (All MUST be stored in checked luggage)
  • Guns and Firearms
  • Ammunition (Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply).
  • All Sporting Goods including, but not limited to Baseball bats, Golf Clubs, Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks, Ski Poles, Pool Cues, Spear Guns, Bows and Arrows, and cricket bats, etc – PLEASE CONTACT YOUR AIRLINE PROVIDER AND ASK ABOUT Traveling with Special Items
  • Sharp objects, such as Box Cutters, Ice Picks, Knives (except plastic and round bladed butter knives in some cases), etc..
  • Mouthwash and Toothpaste
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Aerosol spray bottles and cans
  • ALL creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc..
  • Bubble Bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers
  • Bug and Mospuito sprays and repellents
  • Deodorants made from gel or aerosol
  • Hair styling gels and all sprays containing aerosol and also hair straightener and detangler
  • Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex, and other Liquid lip glosses
  • Liquid soap, sanitizers, foundations, mascara, etc..
  • ALL Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes


Please check with your airline before arriving at the airport to verify their policies as in time they may alter these current guidelines.

Additional helpful hints and reminders

  • Common lighters are no longer banned from carry-ons.
  • Beverages purchased in the sterile area must be consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
  • Passengers traveling from the U.K. to the U.S. will be subject to a more extensive screening process.
  • Prescription medicine must match the name on the passenger’s ticket; as well as insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines
  • Additionally, liquids, gels and lotions purchased beyond the checkpoint but must be disposed of before boarding the aircraft
  • You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids. Please remember these items must be solid and not liquid, gel or aerosol.
  • Do not pack any liquids or gels in your carry-on baggage. Place these items in your checked baggage.
  • Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on baggage only. Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop
  • Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal. Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector.
  • All types of footwear are required to be removed and placed through the X-ray machine for screening.
  • Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.
  • Declare firearms & ammunition to your airline and place them in your checked baggage.
  • If you wish to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.
  • Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA may have to unwrap packages for security reasons.
  • Place the following items IN your carry-on baggage or in a plastic bag prior to entering the screening checkpoint:
    • Mobile phones
    • Keys
    • Loose change
    • Money clips
    • PDA’s (personal data assistants)
    • Large amounts of jewelry
    • Metal hair decorations
    • Large belt buckles
    • Watches
  • Full-size video game consoles (for example Playstation, X-box, or Nintendo) and DVD players must be removed from their carrying cases and submitted separately for x-ray screening. Laptop computers and video cameras that use cassettes have long been subject to this policy.Take your laptop, video cameras with cassettes OUT of their cases and place them in a bin provided at the checkpoint.
  • Take OFF all outer coats, suit coats, jackets and blazers before getting to checkpoint.

We encourage each adult traveler to keep his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID available until exiting the security checkpoint. The absence of proper identification will result in additional screening.

Due to enhanced security measures liquids, gels, lotions and other items of similar consistency will not be permitted in carry-on baggage. These types of items must be packed in your checked baggage. Please keep in mind, that while we cannot provide an exhaustive list of items covering all eventualities, all liquids, gels, or aerosols of any kind are prohibited at security checkpoints, in airport sterile areas, and aboard aircraft. You can pack these items in your checked baggage.

We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag. In addition to liquids, gels, and aerosols numerous other potentially dangerous items are not permitted in carry-on baggage. We strongly encourage travelers to read through some of the guidelines above, and again, contact your airline carrier before your travel should you have any specific unanswered questions or are unclear in regards to specific restrictions. This will only assist you, our traveler, to avoid complications during the security screening process.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also mandated that all flights from the U.K. transmit passenger manifest information for intensive screening prior to departure from the gate. In addition, passengers on these flights and all other international flights will be subject to heightened inspection upon arrival in the U.S.

**All of the above information gathered from general public resources regarding the Travel industry.