TSA shares do’s and don’ts of what to pack in your carry-on

Tips to make getting through TSA quicker and easier

We have some travel tips for you as we enter into what is considered peak flying season

With summer quickly approaching, many people are traveling. But before you hit the sky, TSA has some do’s and don’t they want to remind you of.

Do pay attention to the size of the items you pack when it comes to your carry-on bag.

The TSA wants to give you the 4-1-1 on the 3-1-1 rule that applies to liquids, gels and aerosols.

“Each item has to be 3.4 ounces or smaller, fit in a one quart-size bag, and everybody is allowed one of those bags,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said.

That means do not pack larger items in your carry-on, including body spray, hair spray, hand lotion, sunblock, toothpaste, etc.

“As the weather is warmer and drier, you see more lotions, you see more sun blocks, water, things like that,” said Eric Guthier, the supervisory transportation security officer at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

The biggest do not, is bringing a firearm in your carry-on. If you want to travel with a weapon, you need to declare it to your airline and it can only be transported in a checked bag.

“You want to make sure it’s unloaded and packed in a hard-sided case. If you have ammunition, it needs to be in its original container in the case. The case needs to be locked,” added Farbstein.

TSA’s biggest advice is to come to the airport early and make sure to pack your patience.

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Alyssa Rae grew up in Roanoke and graduated from Virginia Tech. An avid sports fan, she spent her first 8 years in TV as a sports anchor and reporter.