TSA Rules at Security Checkpoint

Christmas is two weeks away which means travelers will soon be boarding planes to head home for the holidays. Before you take off, the TSA wants to make sure you know what you can and can’t pack. News 25’s Bryan has some tips on how to make sure you have a quick and painless trip through airport security.
The airport security checkpoint: this tedious, but necessary, experience is part of any traveler’s trip before they hit the skies. To make it easier, the Transportation Security Administration has one simple piece of advice. TSA Spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said, “Unpack before you pack for an airplane trip. A lot of times, you’ve used that suitcase for a road trip and you don’t realize what you have in there.”
Koshetz tells News 25 knives and stun guns are the most common items travelers try to board with. Also, make sure you follow the 3-1-1 rule when it comes to liquids. Every passenger can have 3.4 ounce containers in a one quart size plastic bag and only one bag per traveler. Traveler Lauren Hayes said, “I just go through and make sure I don’t have any liquids or if I do, it’s in my bag or it’s under the amount or I don’t have anything that you’re not allowed to bring.”
TSA representatives say it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before you make it all the way to the security checkpoint with an item you have questions for, there’s an app for that. Through TSA’s app, you can actually type in an item to see if it’s a yes or no. If you must travel with firearms, make sure you do your research first. “If you’re bringing a firearm on a plane, make sure you know about the laws on the other side of your trip. And your gun has to be placed in your checked bag. You have to declare it to the airline. It has to be in a locked, hard-sided container and it has to be unloaded,” said Koshetz.
Also, don’t forget your belongings. Hundreds of items have already been left behind at Gulfport-Biloxi Airport security this year. “You can call TSA and ask about the item. Certainly, if there’s something that’s left at the checkpoint that we realize is very important, like your keys or your glasses, we’re going to make an announcement. We do keep items for about 30 days, so if you’re coming back through do check with us,” said Koshetz.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you can also visit TSA.gov to search for items allowed on planes.

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