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You are allowed one carry-on and one personal item such as a laptop, purse, small backpack, briefcase or camera case (all items will go through the security screening process). Tip: Label your laptop with a business card or other identification on the bottom of your laptop to avoid loss or accidental exchange by travelers.

How to pack your carry-on:

Put clothes on the bottom, heavier items or items that need to be checked separately on top.  It is not recommended to put oversized electronics (laptops, full-size video game consoles, DVD players and video cameras that use cassettes) in checked baggage. However, these items must be removed from carry-on bags, and submitted separately for X-ray screening. Small electronics, such as iPods, can remain in carry-on baggage

Tip #1: Put electronics or any items that need to be screened separately in a collapsible bag. Once you are through security, put the items in your carry-on and use the collapsible bag for laundry or shopping while you are traveling.

Tip #2: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it once you are on the secure side. ABIA has

Tip #3: Remember 3-1-1 for liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on luggage. Three ounces per container, in a clear, one-quart bag, one per passenger and place this in a bin for x-ray. For more information about the 3-1-1 liquid rule and prohibited items, visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/what-know-you-go

Tip #4: Pack medicines (insulin, needles, and prescription drugs), diapers, baby food, and other essentials in your carry-on luggage.

Tip #5: Have any gifts unwrapped for easier inspection.

Common Items and how to pack them

For a list of common travel items and if they can be in carry-on or need to be checked.

Tip: Make a list, it will help you to remember everything you need and coordinate outfits.

Checked Baggage

  • Don’t lock checked baggage unless you use a TSA "Accepted and Recognized" lock.
  • Don't put film in your checked baggage, the screening equipment will damage it.
  • Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your baggage. This will make it easier for security to check your footwear.
  • Avoid over-packing; the airport security screener should be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection. If possible, spread the contents over several bags. Check with your airline for maximum weight limitations.
  • Roll up your clothes to save room. Tuck small items inside larger ones and only bring the identification cards, travel documents, and money you need on your trip. You'll be amazed at how compact your wallet or purse becomes if you take out receipts and unneeded credit cards.
  • If you are traveling with someone, split up your clothing and shoes so each person's suitcase contains some of the other traveler's items. This way, if one bag is lost, both travelers will have at least one or two outfits to wear.

Things you shouldn’t wear on the plane

Don’t wear high heels: Heels can be restrictive and don't facilitate running to catch your plane or a quick exit in case of emergency. Tip: consider slip-on or disposable shoes.

Don’t wear perfume or cologne: Odors are intensified on a plane, where passengers are cramped in close quarters and air is recycled throughout the cabin. Some people are allergic to perfume or cologne, so be considerate. Tip: Reserve a clean outfit for the plane ride home and don’t wear any perfume or cologne.

Don’t wear offensive clothing: Airlines have a contract of carriage and some include the right to refuse to transport, or remove from the aircraft at any point, any passenger whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive.

Warm-weather clothing: Temperature can fluctuate dramatically during travel, ask anybody who has been stuck on the tarmac. Tip: Socks and an ear warmer headband help keep you warm if the plane is too cold and are easy to fit into carry-on luggage