Going through the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) checkpoints in the U.S., especially if you don’t have Pre-Check or Global Entry (and really, if you live in the U.S. and don’t have it yet, YOU SHOULD! Click here to learn why), can be a royal pain. That’s especially true if you don’t fly very often and don’t feel quite sure about what you can and cannot bring as carry on. We’ve already written posts about how to bring medication with you when flying, but there are a whole lot of other things that people wonder if they can bring on a plane with them. Here’s how to find out.
The TSA really does try to help people who are not super familiar with going through their checkpoints – these are a few ways they try to help:
The TSA has a FAQ that cover things from Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones to body piercings to CPAP machines to what happens if you leave your ID at the checkpoint to a whole lot more.
This is probably one of the most often-asked question – in my observations, usually about medications and food products ;-). Well, the TSA’s got you covered, with answers regarding:
They also have a list of All Items, which is everything from the above lists, combined. It’s not lost on me that alphabetically, Adult Toys is first (sorry – way down deep inside I’m really a 12-year-old boy LOLOL).
For any items not listed in the above categories, you can snap a picture or send a question to AskTSA on Twitter. They’re apparently available on that Facebook link as well, but to be honest, their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2016, and I’ve read of people who’ve written to them there and didn’t get an answer, so proceed there at your own risk. Anyway, they’re available to answer your question (at least on Twitter, for sure) from 9am to 7pm ET on weekdays and weekends/holidays.
If you’d like to see some of the more humorous & interesting things people have asked TSA if they can bring with them onto their planes, click here or here or here. Also check out their Instagram :-). Oh, and there’s also this, from Twitter:
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