TSA Security rules and travel tips

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Transportation Safety Administration is expecting this holiday travel season to be the busiest in the last 14 years. The few extra seconds or minutes it takes to make sure nothing harmful comes on the plane can cause delays for you and other passengers.

The TSA said knowing what you can and cannot bring with you helps keep everything running smoothly. TSA Spokesman Michael McCarthy said their are some things you may think you can bring but shouldn’t, such as fake or decorative items that aren’t allowed, replica firearms, ammunition or even replica ammunition.

“If we detect a prohibited item, it’s going to slow you down,” said McCarthy. “It’s going to slow down everyone else behind you, because we’re going to have to pull your bag aside and do a bag search.”

Sometimes people forget they have things in their carry-on luggage.

“Folks will have a Swiss Army knife or some utility knife in a backpack, or on their belt, and they just forgot that it’s there,” said McCarthy. “They show up to the airport and now they’re going to have to abandon that item, or go back place it in checked luggage.”

Another popular mistake is forgetting that liquids over 3.4 ounces is prohibited. If you’re thirsty and don’t want to pay for expensive water from the airport, bring an empty bottle and fill it up once you are past the checkpoint.

If you expedite the screening process and expect to travel a lot in the next five years, you can apply for TSA Pre-Check. Pre-Check will allow you to leave your jacket, belt and shoes on and you won’t have to take out those liquids or laptops. The service costs $85, unless you’re in the military or work for the DOD.

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