Planning an out-of-town or destination wedding in an exotic local involves the transportation of the wedding dress, usually by air. If you plan to accompany your dress on the flight, you should review the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. Given the current changing nature of flight regulations and the need for heightened security, questions may arise as to whether you can carry your dress onto the plane. As of December 2010, wedding dresses are not on the TSA prohibited items checklist.
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Things you need
- Cotton sheet
- Garment bag, preferably with wheels and folds
Contact the airline prior to your flight. Explain that you plan on carrying your wedding dress onto the plane. Request placement of the dress into an in-flight closet. Write down the name of the person you spoke to and any special procedures you should follow once at the airport.
Wrap your wedding dress in a white cotton sheet. Place it into a garment bag. Do not place any other items into the garment bag.
Inform TSA agents that your dress is in the garment bag. Request the dress be handled carefully if opened. Assist with the opening, inspection and closing of the garment bag and dress if stopped for inspection.
Notify the gate attendant you are carrying your wedding dress in the garment bag and have pre-called about in-flight closet storage. Give her the name of the person you spoke to and ask her to confirm that the arrangements are communicated to the flight crew.
Tell the flight attendant about the storage arrangements for your wedding dress. Give her the garment bag before you go to your seat. Remember to pick up your wedding dress as you disembark from the plane.
Tips and warnings
- Be polite but persistent about closet storage for your dress.
- Some planes may not have closets on-board so you may need to place the dress in an overhead bin.
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