TSA Packing Tips

TSA Packing Tips

  • Place your name and address on the inside as well as the outside of your baggage.
  • Carry¬†valuable items such as electronic equipment, cameras, film, cash and jewelry with you on board the aircraft.
  • Carry necessary items such as medication, prescriptions and keys with you on board the aircraft.
  • Claim your baggage immediately upon arrival
  • Although we recommend that you do not lock your baggage due to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening of every checked bag, there are now locks available at retail outlets which can be used to secure your luggage without creating the need to break the lock or damage your bag. Look¬†for locks that identify the use of a “TSA-recognized locking mechanism.” Only locks that state this use of a TSA-recognized locking mechanism are recommended.


  • Medications in pill or other solid form must undergo security screening.¬†It is recommended that medication be clearly labeled to facilitate the screening process. Check with state laws regarding prescription medication labels.
  • You are responsible for displaying, handling, and repacking the medication¬†when screening is required. Medication can undergo a visual or X-ray screening and may be tested for traces of explosives.
  • Inform the TSA officer that you have¬†medically necessary liquids and/or medications and separate them from other belongings before screening begins. Also declare accessories associated with your liquid medication such as freezer packs, IV bags, pumps and syringes. Labeling these items can help facilitate the screening process.

3-1-1 Liquids Rule Exemption

You may bring medically necessary liquids, medications and creams in excess of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in your carry-on bag. Remove them from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You are not required to place your liquid medication in a plastic zip-top bag. If a liquid, gel, or aerosol declared as medically-necessary alarms, then it may require additional screening and may not be allowed


Ice packs, freezer packs, gel packs, and other accessories may be presented at the screening checkpoint in a frozen or partially-frozen state to keep medically necessary items cool. All items, including supplies associated with medically necessary liquids such as IV bags, pumps, and syringes must be screened before they will be permitted into the secure area of the airport.


TSA officers may test liquids, gels or aerosols for explosives or concealed prohibited items. If officers are unable to use X-ray to clear these items, they may ask to open the container and transfer the content to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity of the content, if feasible.

Inform the TSA officer if you do not want your liquid medication to be screened by X-ray or opened. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you will undergo additional screening procedures to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property.


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