If this is your first flight, you will be very relieved after hearing these seven tips to get you through the airport. Some passengers have never flown before. I’m a former teacher AND I’m married to an airline employee, so I have 7 practical tips to help flying in an airplane for the first time be easy! Some people who do not travel very often can also benefit from these airport tips. I will get you to the airport, walk you through the security line and get you to your plane on time!
When traveling on an airline, there are TSA packing guidelines, airport tips and airplane tips. I highly recommend visiting www.TSA.gov for actual rules and guidelines. They even have their own YouTube channel like myself with very specific questions. Knowing the 3-1-1 liquids rule when flying will set you up to go through security. Each container has to be 3.4 oz or less. So, you cannot bring a 20 oz bottle with two tablespoons of shampoo in it. They will discard that liquid. You also have to use a quart size zipping bag. Anyway, in the top right corner of the main page on TSA.gov you will see What Can I Bring Through Security in my carryon bag for the airplane? The list of approved liquids for carryon as well as your checked luggage, is alphabetized. I stopped at the Ns and I was on the 28th page of this liquids list. What’s crazy is that they have probably seen these items in carry on bags and had to add them to this list. I have been on probably more than one hundred flights, and I will still forget to take off my belt or I have left a half empty water bottle in my backpack by accident. I recently found the MyTSA app and can recommend it.
Helpful Tip #2 for flying for the first time: When you arrive at the airport, arrive 2 hours before your flight. There are lines in ticketing, and there can be huge lines in security. TSA sometimes has only one agent checking IDs and tix. I think, “I might have to wait in the ticketing line 30 minutes, and I may have to wait in security line 45 minutes. Then I want to get a snack and magazine. That is about 2 hours before my flight boards.”
Helpful Tip #3 if you have never flown before: Airlines have boarding times for you to board the plane. They stop boarding about 15-20 minutes before the plane will leave.
Have your confirmation number in your hand, your suitcase and your carryon handbag or backpack or duffel or purse. You do not walk up to the ticket counter in the airport and then look for your confirmation number and ID. A prepared traveler is going to have those documents ready to pull out so that no one has to wait. Please know that I’m speaking to you as an adult, but I have to say don’t sometimes.
So now you know what the rules are, let’s learn some frequent traveler tips to go through security. There are TSA checkpoints in the airport security line. Before you can even enter the security line, you will have to have your boarding pass out so they know you have a real ticket. Do not be in a hurry. Rushing only will stress you out and you will forget important steps. You are calm cool and prepared because you watched an awesome YouTube video about how to go through the airport the first time. You will never see the agents or the passengers again. Now get out Have your shoes ready to take off. While standing in line, untie them or unzip your boots. When you get to the actual TSA agent, you will have to show your ID AND your board pass or ticket. Know ahead of time where you will put those because you are DONE with your documents. Just put them somewhere quick until you get through security. I put mine in the zipped pocket of my backpack. Sometimes I throw them in the outside pocket of my suitcase. I like to leave it unzipped sometimes so I can throw my liquids bag and documents in there until I have a second to get organized.
TSA.Gov states that you can bring any sized stick deodorant because it’s not a liquid. But gel and aerosol deodorant needs to be no larger than 3.4 ounces.
In checked bags, larger liquids can go in your suitcase. They actually say you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule if you store liquids in checked luggage. But remember that they may leak in the belly of the airplane.
Safety razors are not permitted, but disposable razors are allowed, even the extra blades can be in your carryon bag.
Baby formula, breast milk, prescription medicine, baby food and JUICE – it says it in their 3-1-1 page – are all allowed on your person. And it does not have to fit in a quart bag.
My YouTube above is even more thorough so check out the rest of the tips there. Where are you going this summer?
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