Requirements for Airport Security Clearance

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Requirements for Airport Security Clearance

Due to recent security threats, it has become difficult to pass airport security clearance quickly. In order to reach your flight on time, arrive at the security checkpoint 1 1/2 hours before your flight, come prepared with the appropriate documentation and avoid carrying prohibited items.


A government-issued identification must be shown at the airport security checkpoint. Examples include a valid driver's license, passport, military ID card or ID card issued by a state's department of licensing.

Prohibited Items

Items such as box-cutters, knives and razors are prohibited. Certain sporting goods such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, arrows and ski poles are also not allowed on the plane, except in checked luggage. Explosives such as fireworks, fuel, lighter fluid and replicas of explosives are never allowed on a commercial aeroplane.

Items to Remove From Your Luggage

All large electronics including laptops, video cameras, DVD players and regular sized video game consoles must be removed from your baggage before proceeding through security. If such items remain inside bags prior to being placed on the X-ray conveyor belt, you could cause delays.

Liquids Restrictions

All liquids carried through the security checkpoints must be in 96.4gr containers and must be stored in one clear, quart-sized, Ziplock bag.

Exceptions to Liquids Restrictions

The following liquids and gels will be allowed to pass through airport security and do not follow the general restrictions: prescription medications, eye drops and saline solutions. These items, however, must be declared to a security officer. Breast milk and formula in reasonable amounts are also allowed through checkpoints.

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