Summer Travel Tips

TSA PIE St Pete Intl Airport 

Summertime is here and so are great vacation trips! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to remind passengers of the various rules and regulations concerning items you are allowed to travel with, particularly in carry-on luggage:

Scuba, camping, or other sporting goods

Scuba equipment
can be fragile and expensive. Carefully review the best ways to pack and travel with your gear.

Camping gear or fishing equipment can have some restrictions. Again, review how to carefully pack and travel with these items.

Batteries are complicated a bit by the type you intend to carry. Carry spare batteries in your hand luggage (especially lithium metal or lithium ion/polymer batteries). We kindly advise you to review the best ways of packing the batteries that are required for your trip.

Baggage locks can be used as long as they are TSA-approved.

Packing your carry-on bag

Shaving razors are allowed in carry-ons as long as they are considered disposable rather than safety razors with removable blades. You should not bring knives, guns, protective spray, or other weapons to the airport.

Liquids, gels, and aerosols all fall under the one quart bag for each person with 3.4 ounces or less of each product in the bag if carrying on the aircraft. There’s no limit to what you can put in your checked luggage. Precise details are available from the TSA.

Duty-free liquids are exempt from the liquids rule if they are in sealed, tamper-evident bags, have been purchased internationally, and you have the original receipt for the purchase in the last 48 hours before your flight.

Jewelry can be worn through TSA screening; if it causes an alarm you will be subject to additional screening. If concerned about your jewelry, place it in your carry-on, not in an open bowl.

Medications can be placed in carry-ons, and is actually recommended so you don’t miss your meds if your checked luggage is delayed or lost. If your medications are liquids inform the TSA screening officer. You may be subject to additional screening if the liquids exceed the 3.4 ounce liquid rule. Ice packs to keep medications cool are also allowed.

When you get to the security checkpoint

If you travel regularly you may wish to apply for TSA Pre-Check status. This will provide expedited screening at many airports including PIE. Children under 12 years old don’t have to remove their shoes. You can also travel with a pet, but check with your airline for their requirements.

You can travel home if you have lost your photo ID. Let the airline and TSA know when you arrive at the airport. You will be required to answer some questions to help confirm your identity.

Don’t forget to add a business card or contact information to your bags, carry-on, and any electronic devices you may use in case they are left behind during your trip.


Please consider PIE as your preferred airport for your trip. Happy travels!

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