Latest TSA Security Directives

3-1–1 for Carry-ons

Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint.

3–1–1 for carry-ons

  • 3 ounce bottle or less
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measur

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.


Updates to the TSA Security Requirements(effective November 10, 2006): Latest security bans according to the TSA Security Directives Summary of Security Directive Changes for Flights departing from and within the U.S.

  • Effective November 10, 2006, the TSA has advised that travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3.4 ounces/100 ml or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic re-sealable bag. At the security checkpoint passengers will be asked to remove the clear plastic re-sealable bag from their accessible baggage and place it in a separate bin or on the conveyor belt for screening. X-raying these items separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. In addition, prescription liquid, gel and aerosol medications, baby formula/milk/food, and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening if they are not included in the ONE QUART clear plastic re-sealable bag.

  • Passengers who attempt to bring undeclared liquids, gels, or aerosols into the sterile area without providing to the TSA for separate screening may be subjected to secondary screening.
  • Passengers who purchase liquids, gels, and/or aerosols in the sterile area are now allowed to take them onboard the aircraft.

  • Duty Free liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased inside the sterile area may be brought onboard the aircraft by passengers, and no longer must be delivered to the aircraft.
Summary of Security Directive Changes for Flights departing from non-U.S. (except the UK)

  • Effective November 10, 2006, the TSA has advised that travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3.4 ounces/100 ml or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic re-sealable bag. At the security checkpoint passengers will be asked to remove the clear plastic re-sealable bag from their accessible baggage and place it in a separate bin or on the conveyor belt for screening. X-raying these items separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. In addition, prescription liquid, gel and aerosol medications, baby formula/milk/food, and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening if they are not included in the ONE QUART clear plastic re-sealable bag.

  • Passengers who attempt to bring undeclared liquids, gels, or aerosols into the sterile area without providing to the TSA for separate screening may be subjected to secondary screening.

  • Passengers who purchase liquids, gels, and/or aerosols (including Duty Free items) in the sterile area are now allowed to take them onboard the aircraft if:
    • Liquids, gels, and/or aerosols are not carried into the sterile area through the screening checkpoint AND
    • Passengers do not mingle with other passengers who have not been screened to enter the sterile area.
    • If both of the aforementioned points cannot be ensured, liquid, gel or aerosol Duty Free items must be delivered to the passenger onboard the aircraft or as he/she boards the aircraft.
The airline is suggesting that all customers consider checking all of their luggage, in an effort to minimize delays at airport security checkpoints.

Keiko Negishi

I lost my bag in Lax this morning (March 2nd Fri). Maybe Around gate 54A, 53A or 2bathroom close to Macdonald. I went both bathrooms and I had meals in Mac.
I don't remember where I left my case.
My International flight was Delta 284- Narita to Lax (Arrived Lax 8:45am)
Domestic flight was Delta 4787- Lax to San Diego
It was dark blue case with handle, almost same size as laptop PC.
*Terra Quant 2000 laser with 2heads.
*3~4 white face towels and chocolate is inside blkbag.
Those items were inside dark blue case.

Pleases contact me ASAP.
Keiko Negishi
nina_keiko@yahoo.com
858-354-1439

Anonymous (not verified)

Checking in marijuana with your bags with a medical prescription good idea or bad?

Anonymous (not verified)

Bad Idea.

Anonymous (not verified)

My son was in the LA Thomas Bradley terminal on Thursday July 7th at 10:05pm PST going through security when he notice a security guide reach into his bin and take his Ipod could. He was rushing for a plane and could not report it until he got to the gate. The gate attendent said they could not do anything about it. Wanted you all to know to be careful going through the security check point!!!

Afshin Gousheh (not verified)

Better have them check the video tapes. This happened to me on Feb 22, 2012 and I had my passport some other IDs and $6500
lost at terminal one of lax TSA check point.
Do you know how we can get them to check the tapes?
If you find a way please let me know. The video tapes at the airport should identify the thief.

Anonymous (not verified)

Travelling LAX to BNA mid day Sunday, April 17th, my part of the security line was diverted to an auxilliary screening area probably to handle the volume. After waiting to reach the head of the line, I found myself in an area with no body scanners. I am a 61 y/o female with bilateral hip replacements which set off metal detectors. My request for body scan has previously been honored. I was sent thru the metal detector with the predictable result. The search that followed was extraordinarily intrusive, and I do not wish to repeat it. Did I have an option to request a body scanner? If so, would I have been allowed toward the front of that line so that I would not miss my flight? You see, I had already waited my time before discovering my plight. Any choices I had that would involve missing my flight are not really choices available to me.

Those of us with implantable medical devices pose a negligible threat. I would like information about how to limit the possibility of repeated aggressive body searches. Please comment.

Kuan

Hi,

I shall be arriving at Terminal 7 from NM at 8.13pm and I have about an hour to register myself at the CBP office, before leaving at Terminal 8 to Australia (both with United Airlines). However, the airport map does not show the location of the CBP at Terminal 7 or Terminal 8. Can anybody help me please?

Having the UA staff tearing off the I-94 during my last visit was a really bad idea as the officer at the port of entry threatened to send me back as he said I did not register myself when I left USA last time.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

winitjoe

Which is the best way to send my goods to thailand . If I want to check-in one box contain of electronic devices only
( IPAD ) around 32kgs .Can I send as a checked baggage to Thailand via Japan ( AA to JL ) ? If cannot do that TSA will refuse the passenger or not . If Airline accept to check as the check baggage but not pass TSA security requirement where would that baggage is kept ?

Anonymous (not verified)

Can I add a perfume bottle to my carry on? If not, what suggestions if any can you give? Can I carry it in my purse since it is used???

judith bass

i need to know if perfume is acceptable for carry on or do i have to put in checked luggage?

Anonymous (not verified)

Can an 18-year-old high-school student travel/fly within united states with just a student ID?

Anonymous (not verified)

Can anyone tell me if you can bring aerosol sun screen in your checked luggage?

rosgil

hi anybody can help me?
ill be going to canada on may 12th. my route is bangkok - lax - toronto. i already have a canada visit visa. do i still need a us visa just for transiting for 10 hours? im a filipino.
any help is best appreciated.
rose

Pieter de Villiers (not verified)

Pls provide contact info for TSA terminal 7 lost & Found left my iPhone approx 6pm Saturday

brian rogers (not verified)

I would like to know what your UP TO DATE regulations are regarding carry on luggage. The last posting I see is dated 2006

Anonymous (not verified)

I dont have an offical government ID because I lost it recently but my flight leaves this wednesday what do I have to bring to board my flight?

Anonymous (not verified)

are the portable bose speakers w/ ipod dock allowed to take on the aircraft as a carryon item?

ninje

I know somebody who wants to enter illegally to USA. Should I report him or...what can I do?

Anonymous (not verified)

I would also.. Homeland Security has a phone number on their webpage.

Anonymous (not verified)

i would

Anonymous (not verified)

How does the immigration process at the lax work, when let's say an international airline from europe arrive? Are the passengers being questioned individually, or are the immigration officers going to ask a routine questions, such as: where do you want to stay, or how long are you planning to stay, etc.?

As much as I know, the europeans will not be questioned in details, but I heard that the people from Greece are going to be way different than any other european countries. IS that accurate? Has anyone heard about things like that?

Can anyone give me some information regarding the above matter, please?

Anonymous (not verified)

if i have a medical maraijuana license can i bring maraijuana on the plane

Anonymous (not verified)

In accordance with current regulations, you will have to surrender your stash and smoke it with the flight crew. There are no exceptions, and this regulation is strictly enforced !!

Anonymous (not verified)

i have a medical marijuana license, can i bring marijuana on board?

Dr O

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT a good idea.

Dr O

Anonymous (not verified)

Well, if you are flying BETWEEN states that allow medical marijuana, you should be fine since Obama said that the federal govt. will not now prosecute for use of medical marijuana in states that allow it. I would also think you could bring it through customs w/ your prescription, but only into states that allow it. If you are connecting from CA to CO through TX, I wouldn't bring it because in TX you could be arrested, but the FEDS now have said they aren't going after users w/ valid prescriptions so I assume that means in Customs in states that allow it and between states. Go for it!

Anonymous (not verified)

About how long does the security line take?

Feng He

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Feng He, I am in China now. I just left a voice message through 310-
242-9073.I sent a email a few days ago, but I could not receive any e-mail. I
am very worry about my laptop now. So I am trying to resend last e-mail. My
homephone number is 86-10-739-5630818 or your can reach me by email: hef@purdue.edu. Your prompt answer will be greatly
appreciated.

I forgot to pick up my laptop at security check at Gate 45D when I try to catch
Air China #984 at 12:40 am on December 17,2008. My laptop is a new sony laptop
which is packed by a tight brown bag. It is VGN-FW 200. Right now, I am in
China. But I will come back to America soon. I am a Ph.D student in Purdue
University. I am worry about my laptop now. Would you please let me know what
is my laptop status now? If it is still there, would you mind send it to me at
my address at america? Please let me know if you need me to provide your
additional information. Thanks very much for your attention.

Fahad Al Dehither (not verified)

on July 1,2008 I arrived at LAX via air france flight 62 at 1:20 p.m. and forgot and left my perscription reading glasses at the waiting seating area, after the Customs Counter. they where (black framed Giorgio Armani w/tan perscription lenses) if found please reach me at 1(310)279-6040 THANK YOU!!!!!!

Anonymous (not verified)

What time does immigrations close? What happens if a flight comes in late?

Greg Norris (not verified)

During a recent security check of baggage at LAX X Ray machine No.2 (10 pm 18 Jun 08) we witnessed one of your officals taking money to advance passengers baggage to the front of the line.

If he is willing to accept money to do this in full view of the ever increasing and chaotic line of airline passengers, then he could take money to do anything with luggage.

At one end of the country you finger print and photograph passengers , but at this end you throw all the rules out the window and openly take money.

You should check this area out as it is of some concern and a possible security risk!!

Anonymous (not verified)

Apparently you don't fly very often.

This is standard practice - it's actually a service that the airlines advertise.

Putting somebody in front of the line is hardly commensurate with letting people bring firearms onto the plane; if I want to pay an extra $30 to skip the line it's no different from paying extra to have more comfortable seats on the plane.

Anonymous (not verified)

I want to purchase a round trip ticket from SAN to OKC that has a layover in LAX. Can I just board in LAX and skip the flight from SAN to LAX if it is more convenient for me.

Anonymous (not verified)

i am arriving 24th july 08 7am from australia could you please tell me how long to clear customs so i can book flight to las vegas i will have carry on baggage only thanks

Keith W (not verified)

I was wondering if I can take a dozen cupcakes on the plane with me as a carry on if they are boxed? I keep getting different answers and not sure what to do.

Anonymous (not verified)

I am a US citizen and a person of color. I was questioned by three different people and was allowed to exit. I was about to exit and was humiliated by a LAX employee for traveling abroad. He sent me back to the same officer that had questioned me. I cannot believe the rudeness. I am perfectly fine with questions and checking my bags, however, the rudeness is unacceptable.

Veronica O'Neill (not verified)

How much can i take on the plane not as a carry-on? me and my son are go to NY from the LAX Tomorrow at 7am and what time do yiu think we should get there. I want to only take one suitcase for me and him would that be okay.

thank you
:-)
Veronica O'Neill

Hsiao-Chuan Hsu (not verified)

I took the flight,CI 005,which belongs to China Airlines from L.A. to Taiwan, Taipei at 1:50 pm on Dec. 27. One of my luggages was unlocked. When I got back home and opened up the unlocked luggage, I found out that the Tiffany bracelet was stolen. The bracelet, which is a wedding gift for my sister, means a lot to my sister and me. If someone can help me to find it back, I will appreciate that!!!

Anonymous (not verified)

Dear Hsiao-Chuan,
first thing, don't put a braclet in your locked or unlocked baggage. Wear it or put it in your pocket to carry on.Anyway, if your luggage is locked and the TSA want to take a look, they will break the lock. They will break in your property.
Second thing, don't support the US with their arrogance, means don't visit the US anymore. Just forget the paranoid US. There are much better places in the world. Go to Europe!

LAX anonymous (not verified)

to the person that replied for hsiao-chuan,

LAX is a big international airport which is determined about the safety of each person.

Please keep in mind that rules are meant to be followed and that nothing is always for your liking.

It is fine that you felt that way, but let other people think for themselves too.

Best regards and sorry for all the inconvenience.