Summer travel season is about to gear up for 2017, but there have been a lot of changes and announcements from TSA that have left people wondering what’s allowed and what isn’t. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s important to know the rules to make sure you’re compliant and can move through security quickly.
This is particularly important with all the high-profile flight incidents that have been happening in recent weeks.
You want your travels to go as smoothly as possible, so knowing what’s allowed and what isn’t is valuable.
The following are some highlights of changes recently announced by the TSA that may affect travelers.
e-Cigarettes and Vape-Pens
As more people have turned away from smoking and instead to e-Cigarettes, vape pens and other nicotine delivery devices, there have been a lot of questions about whether or not they’re allowed on planes. Many of the big-name vaping companies like Vapewild are frequently updating their information for customers as to what TSA guidelines are.
Currently, according to the TSA, vapor devices are prohibited in checked baggage but may be carried in the cabin, although of course they can’t be used or charged in the cabin.
The reason for the charging restriction is because of the potential for fire that can result from using them in the device, if they have a lithium ion battery, although this is a risk for any device with this type of battery.
Laptops and Larger Electronics
One of the biggest changes making headlines for summer 2017 travelers are new guidelines that pertain to laptops and larger electronics. People traveling to the U.S. from certain other countries aren’t allowed to carry devices larger than a mobile phone in their carry-on baggage. They will instead have to store them in their checked luggage.
Cell phones and medical devices are exempt, but this does apply to things including not just laptops but also tablets and cameras.
The liquids rule from the TSA aren’t new but are still a source of frustration and confusion for a lot of travelers. You are currently allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids including gels, creams, and aerosols.
Containers must be 3.4 ounces or less each, and anything larger has to go in checked baggage.
The TSA recently announced there was the potential for their already-controversial patdowns to become more invasive. They have enacted guidelines for more invasive pat downs for those people who refuse an electronic scan.
This new method for pat-downs can include using the front of hands over sensitive areas of the body, rather than the back of the hands if it’s deemed necessary and one of the prior screening methods shows there could be the presence of explosives. Any passenger who declines the electronic screening can be automatically subjected to what are defined as “enhanced physical searches.”
As a final note, many travel experts are recommending frequent travelers invest in the TSA Pre-Check especially since security lines grow longer, and frustration mounts among many travelers, leading to frequent delays and missed flights.