Understanding Carry On Luggage Restrictions And Travel Rules

Have you heard of the TSI, or Transportation Security Administration? Chances are if you travel regularly for business or take a lot of trips, you are quite familiar with them. With the rules getting updated frequently regarding what you can pack in your suitcase and what you can take on the plane, it’s important to keep up with the rules to avoid unnecessary hassles at the airport.

Although this wasn’t always the case, at many major airports business travelers are now able to use a special security lane designed to move faster than the others. While it may not be available everywhere, you should check with your local airport to see if it’s offered and how you can qualify.

Electronic Devices & Gadgets

Business travelers probably carry more electronic devices than the average person so it’s necessary to understand what’s allowed. Generally speaking, items such as cell phones, laptops, pagers, PDAs, cameras and GPS units can all be carried on the plane with you or checked in your business travel luggage. Laptops are required to go through security outside of their carrying case.

Do take special precautions with you camera film as the security screening equipment can cause damage to your undeveloped photos. It’s always best to request the security screener to inspect your camera equipment bags by hand and bypass the X-ray scanner to avoid damage to your film.

What About Sports Equipment?

As you know, business is not always conducted at the office. This is especially true on a business trip. It’s very likely you play a round of golf with a client or get in some tennis for exercise while you’re away from home.

The following items are not allowed to be carried on the plane: baseball bats, bows and arrows, golf clubs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, and spear guns. But the good news is, you can travel with these items. You simply need to consider them part of your checked luggage. The following items are allowed as carry-ons: baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and golf balls.

Rules Regarding Personal Items

When you’re traveling you need to take all the personal items you would normally use at home with you. Unlike those on vacation, you’re away working and need to look polished and professional at all times.

Personal toiletry items such as creams, lotions, eye drops, cologne and mouthwash can be either checked or carried on provided they are in containers three ounces or less. Because the rules do tend to change, check with your airport if in doubt about a particular item.

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