To breeze through the TSA process proper planning and packing will expedite the screening process. Know what you can’t and can take in your carry on bag and what must be placed in checked baggage before arriving at the airport. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. If that happens you will have to leave it behind and not take it on board. That’s where planning ahead comes in. If you’re not checking a bag you might want to rethink that. An alternative is to send the item separately via a carrier like UPS or FedEx to your destination.
The TSA WEBSITE has the latest list of items that you cannot take on an airplane. It’s worth a quick glance before you start packing.
For items not seen on the list, you can take a photo and /or send a question about it to Ask TSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter. The TSA will answer your question during their working hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET weekdays and weekends/holidays.
Related: Should You Choose TSA PreCheck or Global Entry?
Here’s an overview of what you can’t and can take on board an airplane
Avoid the hassle, embarrassment, and even the cost of having to remove something from your carry-on luggage as you go through TSA screening.