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Packing smart – Part 3

It’s a breeze - get your bags through security checkpoints with minimum hassle
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - March 16, 2011
By: Sheila Lim
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Packing smart – Part 3

Should you pack your gold-plated, diamond-encrusted nail clipper into your carry-on or check-in luggage? It’s best to find out if you don’t wish to risk losing it! Since stricter airport security procedures have been put into place, you will have to put more thought into what goes into your travel bags.

Here are some packing tips:

  • Each airline passenger is only permitted to take aboard liquid or gel substances that are individually packaged in containers no larger than 100ml each and put together into one clear, quart-size ziplock bag. Any larger containers of liquids and gels must be packed in the check-in luggage.
  • Be aware of the items you are prohibited from taking aboard. Otherwise, you may have that expensive bottle of perfume, precious penknife or other items of value confiscated, or even land in a very sticky situation. Trying to get them back could be a big hassle as well.     
  • Be aware of the restrictions on the size and number of bags you are allowed too. Many airlines have lowered the maximum permitted weight limit for check-in luggage and imposed higher fees for baggage exceeding the weight limit.
  • Do not lock your check-in bags unless you are making use of TSA-approved locks, especially if you are travelling to the USA. If you are not using a TSA-approved lock, security agents will have to break the lock if your bag is selected for random screening.
  • Do not overpack. If your bag should be selected for inspection, the security staff may have difficulty putting items back into your bag and/or closing it, and the likelihood of your possessions spilling out and getting lost in the process increases.
  • If you feel embarrassed about strangers handling personal items like lingerie, pack such items in clear plastic bags.

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