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The TSA 3-1-1 Security Directive



 
Information on the 3-1-1 Directive

3-1-1 for carry-on baggage = 3.4 oz / 100 ml bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per customer placed in screening bin. 1 quart-sized bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz / 100 ml container size is a security measure.

Customers are prohibited from taking liquids, gels, and/or aerosols past the airport security screening checkpoint EXCEPT:

  • One clear transparent, resealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag containing liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel size containers (3.4 oz./100 ml capacity) or less per container
  • The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the plastic bag must be completely sealed, be taken out of the carry-on bag and placed in a security bin
  •  Alcohol Guidelines

Please note: liquids, gels, and aerosols include beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, hair spray, and other items of similar consistency.

Liquid Exemptions (exempt items more than 3.4 ounces / 100 ml)

Customers may have the following items, but must declare them to TSA at the security checkpoint if the items are not contained in a clear transparent resealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag and/or the size of the containers exceed travel size (3.4 oz  / 100 ml):

  • Baby formula or milk (to include breast milk),
  • Baby food and/or juice in containers if a baby or small child is traveling
  • Medications (liquid, gel, and aerosol)
  • Liquids (to include juice) or gels for diabetic or other medical needs
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and,
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically-related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

Customers may be subjected to a secondary screening if they enter the screening checkpoint with liquids, gels, and aerosols on their person or in their carry-on bag.

For TSA information on 3-1-1 Directive, click here.

Traveling with Formula, Breast Milk, or Juice

When carrying formula, breast milk, or juice through the checkpoint, customers will be inspected, however, the customer or their baby or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. The TSA Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3.4 ounces / 100 ml) for explosives.

When traveling with a child, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3.4 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of the customer's itinerary, if the customer perform the following:

  1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag
  2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint
  3. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening

Customers are encouraged to travel with only as much formula or juice in their carry-on needed to reach your destination.

Duty-free Items

Customers are permitted to take onboard the aircraft Duty-free items, liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased inside the sterile area onboard the aircraft once they have gone through the security checkpoint.

Please Note: On international flights, including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, customers with Duty-free purchases are allowed to carry a reasonable amount onboard the aircraft. Limitations vary based on the customer’s final destination. 

Please allow additional time for check in at the airport to allow sufficient time to go through the security checkpoint.

Customers may send questions directly to TSA at the following email address: tsa-contactcenter@dhs.gov


Customers with disabilities and medical conditions bringing liquids through security

Customers with a disability or medical condition may bring all prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes.

Additional items a customer may bring include:

  • Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for customers with a disability or medical condition;
  • Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
  • Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and,
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.
Customers are not limited in the amount or volume of these items they may bring in their carry-on baggage. BUT if the medically necessary items exceed 3.4 ounces or are not contained in a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, the customer MUST declare to a TSA Security Officers at the checkpoint for further inspection.

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