Latest TSA Security Directives

3-1–1 for Carry-ons

Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints.

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint.

3–1–1 for carry-ons

  • 3 ounce bottle or less
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measur

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.


Updates to the TSA Security Requirements(effective November 10, 2006): Latest security bans according to the TSA Security Directives Summary of Security Directive Changes for Flights departing from and within the U.S.

  • Effective November 10, 2006, the TSA has advised that travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3.4 ounces/100 ml or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic re-sealable bag. At the security checkpoint passengers will be asked to remove the clear plastic re-sealable bag from their accessible baggage and place it in a separate bin or on the conveyor belt for screening. X-raying these items separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. In addition, prescription liquid, gel and aerosol medications, baby formula/milk/food, and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening if they are not included in the ONE QUART clear plastic re-sealable bag.

  • Passengers who attempt to bring undeclared liquids, gels, or aerosols into the sterile area without providing to the TSA for separate screening may be subjected to secondary screening.
  • Passengers who purchase liquids, gels, and/or aerosols in the sterile area are now allowed to take them onboard the aircraft.

  • Duty Free liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased inside the sterile area may be brought onboard the aircraft by passengers, and no longer must be delivered to the aircraft.
Summary of Security Directive Changes for Flights departing from non-U.S. (except the UK)

  • Effective November 10, 2006, the TSA has advised that travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3.4 ounces/100 ml or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic re-sealable bag. At the security checkpoint passengers will be asked to remove the clear plastic re-sealable bag from their accessible baggage and place it in a separate bin or on the conveyor belt for screening. X-raying these items separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. In addition, prescription liquid, gel and aerosol medications, baby formula/milk/food, and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening if they are not included in the ONE QUART clear plastic re-sealable bag.

  • Passengers who attempt to bring undeclared liquids, gels, or aerosols into the sterile area without providing to the TSA for separate screening may be subjected to secondary screening.

  • Passengers who purchase liquids, gels, and/or aerosols (including Duty Free items) in the sterile area are now allowed to take them onboard the aircraft if:
    • Liquids, gels, and/or aerosols are not carried into the sterile area through the screening checkpoint AND
    • Passengers do not mingle with other passengers who have not been screened to enter the sterile area.
    • If both of the aforementioned points cannot be ensured, liquid, gel or aerosol Duty Free items must be delivered to the passenger onboard the aircraft or as he/she boards the aircraft.
The airline is suggesting that all customers consider checking all of their luggage, in an effort to minimize delays at airport security checkpoints.

Anonymous951 (not verified)

I am travelling to Ireland next month, leaving from JFK. Do I need to bring my prescription bottles, or can I simply pack the pills into my carry on luggage?

Elmira (not verified)

May I know some information. Our company is based in Russia. Our company takes part in exhibition in Tulare.We have change of plane in JFK. We will have exhibition samples with us (Organic liquid fertilizer). Do we need any documents to pass security control?

Bumbusik (not verified)

I just want you and all your customers to know that there are thieves in JFK among those who have access to luggage. I checked my luggage in between 9:30am and 10:00am on December 16, in terminal 4, flight HY102. It was wrapped in plastic, and when I got it back, it was unwrapped, searched, and the most valuable things were missing (new Chanel perfume, Coach handbag, and so on). I am sure that was done in JFK, and not in the airport of arrival.they had two hours of time, between 10:00am and 12:30 am. I haven't officially claimed the incident because it was too much of a pain and bureaucracy, and I did not hope that my things can be found. Just be aware that happens in JFK a lot.

sue

e-cigs :

Flying from JFK to Southampton - will there be any problem taking e-cigs and boxes of the cartridges for them through security and customs?

Abhilasha tyagi (not verified)

I will be traveling with my 21 month old son. Will I be allowed to carry packed small yogurt cups and few single serve aseptic milk boxes in my hand luggage for my baby? Please reply at your earliest as this help me plan.

yianliny

Hi there,

I have a question. My airline company and the ticket agent mistook my first name and last name by reversing it. But the passport number is right. Could I go through the security with such a boarding pass?
My flight is leaving on Wednesday,8/29. So would you please give me a reply as soon as possible?
Thank you so much!!

Yian Li

Dan (not verified)

Hi there this a bit off an odd question. My friend played a TSA agent on the tv show "Fringe" who stopped the two FBI leads saying they needed to talk to a supervisor as they were pursuing a suspect who just cleared security. He thinks in real life he would never do that while I think different. Whose right? Thanks.

TTTTTT (not verified)

Could you please comment about your famous security if Aeroflot flight from JFK to Moscow (Sheremetyvo) on August 15, 2012 was landed in Islandia International Airport after receiving a call that there was a bomb. Of course, the news told us that there was not any bomb, BUT 2 people from the flighnt were arested in Islandia. That means that there was something...

Mira (not verified)

Hi! I am flying from JFK to Moscow with a toddler and an infant. Is there any way my husband can go with me to the gate and help me?

Lyn (not verified)

Are there SkyCaps to help me with my bags in the Customs area?

Thanks, Lyn

Rach (not verified)

I'm flying from the UK to New York next Tuesday and I have type 1 diabetes requiring insulin injections. I will need to carry needles, vials of insulin and finger testers with me in my hand luggage. What requirements do I need to make sure I have for passing through security in America? Thank you.

SR (not verified)

Are TSA-approved locks mandatory when flying out of the US? I'm leaving on Emirates via JFK on Saturday morning. Can I lock my suitcases after the security scan after the check in is complete? I could use cable ties too. The reason I need to lock it is to try and avoid theft in Dubai and Bangalore (my final destination). I know locks have their limitations, but I need to try something! Please help.

Marianad (not verified)

I am ariving to terminal 5 on jetBlue at 11.20am and have an international flight to Moscow with Transaero from terminal 4 at 2.25pm. These are two separate tickets. Will I have enough time to change terminals, go through security, check baggs, and check in to my international flight? I am very worried.

jenny123 (not verified)

hello, i am going to tokyo at terminal 4 in June 11th around noon
but can i get in security earlier? my plane arrived at JFK in June 10th, but I can't book a hotel because I am underaged
what is the earliest time I can go to the security?
Thanks,

vstacy

I am flying from The Dominican Republic to Toronto, Canada with a connection at JFK. Staying on same airline, Delta, all at terminal 3. Since this is int'l to int'l, will I have to clear U.S. customs and immigration at JFK, or is there a transit lounge?

JFK_Specialist_...

Yes you will clear both of these.
JFK_Specialist

Jeff (not verified)

Do I need to go through any kind of customs or immigration before boarding 2:25PM flight from JFK to Moscow on Transaero Airlines? How much time should I allow to go through all the necessary security to wait for my flight?

JFK_Specialist_...

No you dont since you are leaving the U.S.
JFK_Specialist

Leona (not verified)

I will have a Terminal 7 Boarding Pass and a very long connecting time. Q1--Can I use my boarding pass for a Terminal 7 flight to enter the Terminal 4 security area to see a friend off before their flight? Q2—Can I walk between terminal 7 and terminal 4? Q3—When walking between terminals 4, 5, 6 and 7 does one stay inside the security area of leave the security area. Thks, Leona

Sergii (not verified)

Hello,
May I take my tripod for DSLR photo camera with me in hand-luggage? It weights 2.5 kg and 70 cm long.
Thanks!

Pflyer (not verified)

is there priority access lanes open for oneworld sapphire/aa platinum in terminal 4 and will they be open between 9pm and 1030pm?

RK (not verified)

While at the security gate of terminal 3 DL airlines. I lost my Nikkon blac camera in the security tray. I hope you can assist me in this very important matter. My camera carries no real financial value but a lot of valuable memorable moments and unfortunately I cannot review many of them anymore.I was on flight DL 4184 JFK-YYZ on April 1st 2012. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

GeeZee (not verified)

Just had a total knee replacement. Will I have any problems going through customs. It is titanium and plastic.

JFK_Specialist_...

You might have problems. Just to be safe please provide a note from your doctor regarding knee replacement.
JFK_Specialist

Mikhail Nadezhkin (not verified)

Dear Sirs.
My name is Mikhail Nadezhkin. I'm from Russia.
At March 11, 2012 I bought 4 iPhones 4S in Apple Store.
At March 15, 2012 I flew back from New York to Russia. When I checked in my luggage at JFK, all iPhones were in my bag. But in Moscow I discovered that there were only 2 iPhones in my bag. Maybe the rest phones were confiscated at customs or stolen.
In case of these phones were confiscated what I have to do to return my iPhones?

user_508 (not verified)

can i carry more than one hard disk say 2 in my hand luggage ??

Anonymous_GKYL (not verified)

I am arriving AA from Canada at JFK Terminal 8 at 1:10 PM. I only have carry-on bags, no check-in bags. I need to connect flight at Terminal 4 Air India at 3 PM.

(a) Since this is a transit situation just for connecting flights between 2 terminals, do I have to go through security and custom immigration again at Terminal 4 ?

(b) Since I have carry-on bags, how much time is needed if I have to clear custom & immigation, and security again at Terminal 4 again ?

Thank you in advance.

B2G

a)you will clear US customs prior to departure from your Canadian airport so no need to clear customs on arrival at JFK.
b)Your AA flight will arrive at T8, take AirTrain on track 2 from T8 to T4. You will need to clear security at terminal 4 and if you have your Air India boarding pass you can by-pass check in. If your AA arrival is on time you should have enough time transfer terminals, clear security and make it to the gate.

Deborah Giblin (not verified)

On Saturday night Feb 4th I had a 2 hour layover from StMartin to Boston. We moved right along going thru customs until we reached your security. As I went thru I set off the alarm which I expected because I've had both my knees replaced. I've flown before so I expected to have the body search. The woman who checked me out was so extremely slow that it took 45 minutes to get checked out. When she completed she said " If you think this took to long maybe you should complain and we'll get more help." Well, I don't think you need more help I think you need to fire her and get new help.

I was in the JetBlue area on Feb 4th about 10:30 or 11. The woman was probably mid 50s, heavy, and had long dark hair with gray in it and pulled back in a braid.

I appreciate it if you'd answer this mail and let me know if there's anything else you need.

Thank You,

DGiblin

FloridaBound (not verified)

My wife just received an immigrant visa (CR-1) to live with me here in the U.S. My question is, after she picks up her luggage, which immigration line does she enter? I suspect she will use the U.S.Citizen/Permanent Resident line. Would this be correct?

JFK_Specialist_...

Probably visitor entrance.
JFK_Specialist

Todd M. (not verified)

Was a USB thumbdrive found at about 3:00 PM, 26 December, in security control check point near Delta Airlines gate (JFK Airport)?

If so, how can I get it back?

I am overseas now, but will return on 1 Jan. to JFK.

My Email is: tworrom@verizon.net

Thanks,

Todd M.

sid1502

I am arriving on terminal 7 from london via british airways then I have a connecting flight from terminal 8 of american airlines..

Please help me with the following:
1. Do I need to carry all my luggage all the way terminal 8 via air train?
2. If No, then how can I avoid it and instead just carry the check-in bag? Is there any counter at terminal 7 of american airlines?

Susie Bishop

Will I be allowed to carry one prefilled injectible sealed syringe with needles onto the airplane in my carry-on luggage? This is Clexane meds for my husband which he has to take immediately on arrival after our 16 hr non-stop flight to prevent another pulmonary embolism (blood clot)which he got previously from flying.

traveller on 12.6.2011 (not verified)

I forgot to leave my small multitool and pepper mint spray. I had no check in bag. When passing security, they said these things are not allowed. I understand that I should leave them. But they threw them away. I want my things back. I told them to keep it in the airport until I come back. Those are my properties. They shouldn't have authority to throw my things. Those things are for my self defense because I come back late at night time alone. If something happens, they are responsible for that. Where and who should i complaint about it? I'm really not satisfied with that.

3 month old (not verified)

I have a 3 month old baby and we are using distilled water for the baby formula. Preparing the formula at home, am I going to be allowed for 6 bottles of liquid formula (everything visible in a zip-top bag) for a JFK - Istanbul flight? This will be 6 bottles x 4 ounces = 24 ounces, in total.

B2G

Generally TSA security will let items needed for infants through in carry on but may be subject to additional screening and you may be limited to take what you need for the flight in carry on and the put the remainder in checked luggage. Be sure to put all infant liquids and other items together in the xray bin and advise the officers items are for an infant.

Saunds (not verified)

can i take a xmas pudding to jfk from UK in my hold luggage?

B2G

Should be ok in checked luggage.

Annonnymous (not verified)

Hi, I'm flying from Dominican Republic back to the US next week, trying to keep my checked bag under the new 50 lb weight limit. Can i carry coffee grounds (still in original packaging) in my carry-on? I can't find any restrictions against it but I don't want to lose it when I get to customs.

B2G

According to CBP coffee is permissible.

Anonymous91 (not verified)

Hi, can you just clarify how long it with take for us to get through security if I am an international arrival?

I am arriving from London Heathrow at 13:45. How long will it take?

B2G

You need to allow at least one hour to clear customs/immigration. If you are transferring to another flight wait times vary clearing TSA security checkpoints.

Anonymous123 (not verified)

I wanted to check if it will be a problem to carry a stainless steel Sword replica from New York to India?

B2G

OK in checked baggage only but be sure to wrap/secure properly to avoid injury. Prohibited in carry-on.

OlsiSava

Hello:

I wanted to know if I would be allowed to carry a bridal swarovski crystal bouquet handle/holder without flowers on my carry-on bag, because it is a delicate and important item that I need on hand?

P.S. I am traveling from JFK with Turkish airlines, just in case it is important in this case...

I really appreciate your help.

B2G

Yes but be sure to take it out of your bag for xray screening.

Elleangel (not verified)

Hi i am travelling to jfk from london heathrow and would like to carry on cosmetics in my hand luggage most will be powder and solids but my foundation is liquid as long as it is under 100ml is there any other reasons i cant take my cosmetics on board as its a long flight i would like to refresh myself

Anon (not verified)

Hi if you are going BA from T5 you will need to be sure as the security is stronger on thing you can take on the flight from the UK than when coming back though JFK TSA if you are in T5 you can check before you go though and leave anything with a relative you can't take. the TSA use full body scans in JFK T7 so put everything in to a box for x-ray my brother in-law got stopped because he had a tissue in his pocket.