Know This Rule for Carry-On Luggage

October 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Travel News & Tips

If you are planning to carry your luggage on an airplane, you’ll want to keep in mind the 3-1-1 Rule. This rule applies to liquids, aerosols, and gels. Here’s a breakdown of the rule.

The 3-1-1 Rule
After extensive testing conducted in 2006, TSA has determined that liquids, aerosols, and gels in limited quantities do not pose a security threat. Therefore, they have adopted the 3-1-1 rule to help passengers remember what they are allowed to pack in their carry-on luggage.

Passengers are allowed to bring 3.4 ounce (100 ml) bottles or less of liquids, aerosols, or gels. All items in this category must fit inside a 1 quart-sized clear, plastic zip-top bag. Each passenger is allowed 1 bag.

Prepare in Advance
The quart-sized bag will need to be removed from your luggage and placed in a separate bin for security screening. Keep the bag in a location that you can easily access so you can remove it for screening and quickly replace it when you’re done. Every time security officers have to stop and wait for a passenger to remove their quart-sized bag, it slows down the screening process.

If you are carrying baby formula, baby food, breast milk, or other medications, declare these at the inspection point. Passengers are allowed more than 3 ounces in reasonable quantities and these items do not need to be in a zip-top bag.

An International Rule
The 3-1-1 Rule has gained acceptance in roughly 58 countries world-wide including Australia, Egypt, Germany, Japan, Spain, and the UK to name a few. It’s become a global rule. Regardless of where you travel, remember the 3-1-1 rule and it will make getting through security much easier.

You can use any clear 1 quart-sized zip-top bag. I suggest getting a good quality bag and bring an extra with you. You can also purchase a more durable plastic quart-sized bag. Magellan’s carries a Zip-Top Bag Set with heavy, clear poly bags.
Sima Kimble

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