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TSA Airline Liquids Rule

TSA Approved Liquid Travel SizesIf you're traveling via air, you must know about the rules the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has published about bringing liquids on an airplane.  But, in case you don't have the whole set of rules memorized, here's a summary.

  • What You Can Pack:

    • You can bring liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and paste in your carry-on or checked luggage.
  • Carry-on Rules:

    • For a carry-on, you can pack travel containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less in size.
    • All of your travel containers must fit in a one-quart size resealable bag.  A typical size for a one-quart bag is 7x8".
    • It's helpful to pack travel containers in a see-through bag where you can get to it easily to separate it from your carry-on when you go through security.
  • Checked Luggage Rules:

    • Containers larger than 3.4 ounces must be packed in a checked bag, even if the container is only filled up to 3 ounces.
  • Caution:

    • Any container that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
  • Exemptions:

    • Medications
      • If you have medically necessary medication in your carry-on, it can be larger than 3.4 ounces, but you can save yourself time and frustration by reading the TSA rules governing medication.
    • Food for infants and children

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