Successful air travel preparation requires attention to detail. Plan and study airline rules in advance to save travel time and frustration when packing your smart travel bag for the plane.
Every airline has a checked and carry-on baggage policy, but those rules could change at the gate, forcing some passengers to check luggage or items they plan to take on board. If you are concerned about the size of the item or too much luggage, please contact your airline.
To determine whether carry-on baggage meets the size and weight regulations of most airlines, measure the height, length, and width of the carry on backpack in inches. The total (length plus width plus height) should be kept below 45 linear inches. Next, weigh the bag after it is fully packaged to make sure it does not exceed 35 pounds.
Airlines have different rules for checked baggage. The consignment must be strong and secure, and your current contact information is on the identification tag.Many airlines charge extra for items larger than 62 linear inches and 50 pounds.
When considering packing your carry-on items, check out the TSA's current rules for carry-on items.If you pack something that violates TSA rules, airport security agents may confiscate it. Outside of security checkpoints and in terminal areas, you can purchase items that do not pass security checks, such as kettles, food, and coffee.You can bring electronic devices (such as cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, and portable gaming systems) onto the plane, but you may have to remove them from your suitcase or pocket for a separate X-ray or by security personnel.
When it comes to containers for gels, liquids and aerosols, specific rules apply.The items must be 3 ounces or less and all must be packed in a 1 quart clear plastic zip-top bag. Exceptions to this rule include baby care items, such as formula, breast milk and baby food, and prescription drugs, which you can carry on board in reasonable quantities depending on the time of flight.In general, you can carry items such as a regular lighter (but not a torch flame, but not more than two), metal scissors (with blades less than 4 inches), and screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers less than 7 inches in length. Pack these items carefully and wrap all sharp items properly.