Carry on. It sounds like something you have to endure.
Getting your baggage on board doesnít have to be a hassle. Here are a few tips for following security procedures and making sure your luggage is ready to go.
- Know what you can carry. According to the Transportation Security Administration, all liquids, aerosols and gels must be in three-ounce or smaller containers; they must be placed in a single, quart-sized, zip-top, clear plastic bag; and this bag must be placed on the conveyor for x-ray. Scissors, razors, knives and other sharp objects must be transported in checked luggage. For more information, visit www.tsa.gov.
- Try traveling with carry on luggage only. By traveling this way, you donít risk having your checked luggage lost or stolen.
- Donít put heavy items overhead. The weight limit for carry on luggage is generally 40lbs, but even this can be heavy (and dangerous) in the overhead bin.
- Make contact. By including your name and address on the inside and outside of every bag, your luggage will always find you.
- Customize the look of your bag. This makes it easier to identify.
- Keep valuable items with you. Itís that easy. Really.
- Check the tag. Make sure the airline tag on your luggage is headed to the correct destination.
- Keep the stub. The stub from your checked luggage is your proof of ownership.
- Report lost luggage. If your checked bag doesnít make it to your destination, immediately report the loss to the baggage agent on duty.
- Pack accordingly. Donít put all your underwear in one basket, in other words. Distribute key items across a couple bags so you can continue your trip if one bag is lost.