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Air travel: Items banned and airport tips

Air travel
Items banned and airport tips

Some items should not be carried on an aircraft in either carry-on or checked baggage because of the danger they represent for the passengers and crew. Many of these items are commonly used at work or in the home, but may become a hazard in flight due to changes in temperature and pressure that can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes or start a fire. Some exemptions are allowed for medical devices and personal care items. If in doubt, check with your air carrier.
In the wake of the events of 11 September 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has prohibited the following items from airplane cabins (though in some cases they can be carried as checked baggage):

PROHIBITED
* Knives of any length, composition or description
* Most cutting instruments, including carpet knives and box cutters (and spare blades), any device with a folding or retractable blade, ice picks, straight razors, and metal scissors with pointed tips.
Note: As of 22 December 2005, small scissors with a cutting edge less than four inches (10 cm) and small tools such as pliers and screwdrivers that are less than seven inches (18 cm) in length will be allowed in the cabin.
* Lighters, lighter fluid, and strike-anywhere matches (up to four books of safety matches are allowed)
* Baseball/softball bats
* Golf clubs
* Pool cues
* Ski poles
* Hockey sticks
* There are some exceptions for medical and special needs
* Firearms, including Pellet or BB guns
* Hammers
* Spray paint
Violations can result in either fines or imprisonment.
Following these tips will help you reduce your wait time at the security checkpoint.

Before the Airport:
* Do not pack or bring Prohibited Items to the airport.
* Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on baggage only. Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop.
* Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal. Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector.
* Avoid wearing shoes that contain metal or have thick soles or heels. Many types of footwear will require additional screening even if the metal detector does not alarm.
* Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.
* Declare firearms & ammunition to your airline and place them in your checked baggage.
* Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA may have to unwrap packages for security reasons.

At the Airport:
Each adult traveler needs to keep available his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID until exiting the security checkpoint. Due to different airport configurations, at many airports you will be required to display these documents more than once.
* Place the following items IN your carry-on baggage or in a plastic bag prior to entering the screening checkpoint:
* Mobile phones
* Keys
* Loose change
* Money clips
* PDA's (personal data assistants)
* Large amounts of jewelry
* Metal hair decorations
* Large belt buckles
* Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes OUT of their cases and place them in a bin provided at the checkpoint.
* Take OFF all outer coats, suit coats, jackets and blazers.

Compiled through various online websites including AirSafe and the Transportation Security Administration.

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