Luggage Rules for Flying Abroad

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Luggage Rules for Flying Abroad
The Transport Security Agency has luggage rules for aeroplane passengers. (aeroplane image by Clarence Alford from Fotolia.com)

The Transport Security Agency is the government agency that has the mandate to protect the nation's transportation systems; a task which it takes very seriously. To this end, TSA has laid out various rules and regulations which travellers must obey. The majority of these rules and regulations are centred on luggage. It doesn't matter if the travellers are going on a trip locally or travelling abroad, the same rules apply when travelling by air, and it is up to the passengers to familiarise themselves with rules set by TSA and the travellers' airline.

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Travellers with Disabilities

TSA realises that travellers with medical conditions have special equipment and medication that they must take with them when they are travelling by air. Even though TSA does not allow any liquid in excess of 96.4gr, or 100 millilitres, onto an aircraft, it will make an exception for necessary medication, which has to be declared upon check-in. The patient, companion or caregiver also has to sign a declaration, or make an oral declaration, concerning such medication. Such medication has to be separated from all the other items the passenger submits for screening during check-in. TSA also allows some cosmetic augmentation products such as saline solution in breast implants, gel bra inserts and prosthetic breasts. Other things thar the passengers may carry with them include liquids such as water and juice, eye drops and liquid nutrition.

Luggage Rules for Flying Abroad
Passengers may carry medication such as eyedrops. (eyedrops image by Sergey Shlyaev from Fotolia.com)

Luggage Size

TSA does not have any specific rules regarding the size of the luggage passengers may bring with them onto an aircraft, so long as such luggage can pass through the x-ray machine. It is the airlines that determine the weight of the luggage passengers are allowed to carry onto aircraft, and it is up to the passenger to call ahead to the airline or the travel agent to find out what these requirements are.

Luggage Rules for Flying Abroad
Airlines determine the size of luggage a passenger may carry. (luggage in hotel room image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Prohibited Items

TSA has a long list of items that it does not allow in checked baggage. These are usually items that could be used as a weapon. Such prohibited items include sporting equipment such as bows and arrows, golf clubs, lacrosse sticks and ski poles. TSA also will not allow sharp objects such as ice picks, meat cleavers, scissors with blades that exceed 4 inches and knives. TSA will allow sharp objects such as safety razor blades, disposable razors and round-bladed butter knives. All other sharp items have to be put into checked baggage and secured inside sheaths in order to remove the risk of injury to inspectors and baggage handlers.

Luggage Rules for Flying Abroad
TSA will not allow sporting equipment such as golf clubs onto an aircraft. (golf club image by cico from Fotolia.com)

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