Flight Rules Tweaked: 11 Travel Tips
How to Get Through Airport Security Without a Nervous Breakdown
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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.
10. Flight crew should still be serving beverages on board.
"There are still in-flight beverages," the TSA's Kayser tells WebMD.
"It's only a prohibition on bringing beverages in. But there are still beverages on the aircraft," Kayser explains.
11. Know your limitations.
"People who will have trouble waiting for prolonged periods of time -- if they can -- may want to delay travel until things settle down, especially if these people are plagued by anxiety," Kozarsky says.
"If they feel that they're not going to be able to handle it because they won't have their own bottle of water, and will have to wait for service, or they will have trouble with the extra hour that they may have to be standing somewhere, or the lines, or whatever," Kozarsky says, "then people need to be realistic about what they can handle and delay travel, if that's what it's going to take."