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Flight Rules Tweaked: 11 Travel Tips

How to Get Through Airport Security Without a Nervous Breakdown

5. If you're not feeling well, speak up.

"People certainly should always open their mouths if they're not feeling well, and tell somebody," Kozarsky says.

Airport wheelchairs may be available, and some airports have medical clinics. Also, a fellow passenger may be a health care worker.

"Usually within an airport ... they will have somebody who is able to respond to a medical emergency," Kozarsky says.

Deciding What's Essential

6. Contact lens wearers, take your glasses.

The TSA's web site permits "essential" nonprescription medicine to be carried on board. But it doesn't define "essential," so items like contact lens solution fall into a gray zone.

"It is open to interpretation and it will be interpreted by a screener there," TSA spokesman Darrin Kayser tells WebMD.

"We are recommending to everyone that if you absolutely don't need it on the airplane, please put it in your checked bag," Kayser says. "If you do absolutely need it, then you'll need to sort of explain that need to a security officer.

"I would think that it would be best to put that [lens solution] in your packed luggage, and to take your glasses, just in case you can't find your contact lens solution at the other end."

7. Asthma inhaler? Check it, if possible.

Aerosols are banned from carry-on bags under the TSA's latest rules.

Remember the general rule of thumb: "If you're not sure, put it in your checked bag. If you have to have it with you, then you'll just need to have a conversation with the security officer and explain why ... you need that with you," Kayser says.

"I understand with inhalers people may not have the [prescription] documentation with them," Kayser says. It's going to be very helpful to our security officers if you do have the documentation. If you don't, it's going to make it a little more difficult."

"My wife used to have asthma and occasionally has an inhaler," Kayser says. "If at all possible, put it in your checked bag so that ... it just makes things easier."

8. Hand-cleaning gel shouldn't go in your carry-on.

Moms find these gels particularly helpful in keeping tiny hands clean away from home. But they won't make the cut at the security checkpoint.

"Put that in your checked luggage instead of carrying it in your purse or your hand luggage," Kozarsky says.

9. Don't worry about baby formula.

People flying with babies won't need to sip from Junior's bottle for security's sake.

"TSA will not ask passengers to sample fluids or beverages during the screening process," says the TSA web site. "This process is being required at foreign airports and is not required at any domestic U.S. airport."

However, infant formula must be submitted for inspection by TSA officers.

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