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Check in and take off

See how you can board your flight with minimal hassle
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - December 15, 2010
By: Sheila Lim
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Check in and take off

Travelling to the USA
If you haven’t flown in quite a while or travelled to the USA recently, you may not be aware of the latest airport security regulations instituted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

If that’s the case, here are some quick and interesting tips for you:

    The TSA does not require that liquids and gels be kept in their original, labelled containers, though doing so may help expedite the screening process.

    Though the TSA advises airline passengers not to “overthink” the guidelines, matters concerning food can be tricky. If you are visiting relatives in the US, can you carry festive grub like turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes?  According to a TSA representative, though turkey and stuffing should be solid enough to pass muster, mashed potatoes aren’t as they are considered too “gel-like”. Similarly, solid snack foods like pretzels, potato chips and carrot sticks are fine, but peanut butter and jelly sandwich aren’t advisable.

    Loose lithium batteries are not permitted in checked bags. If your batteries are installed in a device (such as a camera), you may pack the device in either a checked bag or a carry-on, but loose lithium batteries may only be transported in your carry-on luggage. Certain quantity limits apply to both loose and installed batteries.

    Tweezers are permitted, as are disposable razors and their cartridges. Scissors are permitted as long as the blades do not exceed four inches.

    With effect from November 2010, the TSA has banned all ink and toner cartridges over 16 ounces from both carry-on and checked luggage.

    Should you have any doubts about an item making it through security, the wisest thing to do is to either check it in or leave it at home.

    To update yourself or learn more about TSA’s latest regulations and screening procedures, take a trip to:

In this ever-changing world of air travel, you never know what to expect when you arrive at the airport. But a little preparation can go a long way in helping your passage through those security checkpoints and aboard your flight go more smoothly.


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