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TSA offers up some summer airline travel tips

(Heather Starr/WOWO)

The Transportation Security Administration wants to remind everyone what items are acceptable to take on an airplane and also offer up some travel tips for the summer season.

Items that need to be checked into your luggage:

Surrendered Items at FWA/pic provided by Heather Starr WOWO
  • Liquid containers that are bigger than 3.5 ounces.  Liquids such as, hairspray, mousse, bottled water, shampoo and conditioner.
  • kitchen knives, box cutters, tools, card knives, multi-tools with a serrated edge or sharp edge, heavy bricks, rocks, replica firearms, anything that resembles a weapon, clubs, pen knives, brass knuckles, drill bits, puncturing tools, pocket knives and switch blades.

Items that can be in your carry-on:

Surrendered Items at FWA/Pic provided by Heather Starr WOWO
  • Liquid bottles that are 3.4 ounces or smaller and contain fluids like shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, water, hair gel and mousse.
  • Regular lighters
  • E-cigarettes (must be in carry-on)

Items that cannot go on the plane at all:

  • Torch lighters, plasma lighters and electric charged lighters.
  • CO2 cartridges (contained gas)
  • Any hazardous materials
    Surrendered items at FWA/pic provided by Heather Starr WOWO
  • Firearms ( if firearms are brought to the airport, TSA will get the authorities involved)

Firearms are completely prohibited.  In 2018, nationwide, TSA confiscated 4,239 guns which is up from the 3,000 in 2017.  In Fort Wayne, TSA confiscated 7 guns in 2017, 6 in 2018 and so far only 2 this year.

Should anyone unintentionally bring something forbidden onto their carry-on or bag, TSA agents will allow you to take them back out to your car.  Fort Wayne International Airport is a smaller airport and allows the option to return items to your vehicle.  TSA added that in bigger airports, that may not be an option as going out to your vehicle is mostly likely not very convenient.

Fort Wayne International Airport is expecting around 2,100 travelers to pass through this Friday and again on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson offered up some tips to travelers to save same during the busy season.

  • Arrive 2 hours before your scheduled departure time.
  • Pay attention to what you are bringing in your carry-on and check bags.
  • Make sure all items that cannot go in your carry-on are packed away in your check bag. In summer months, suntan lotion is very popular and travelers will often try to bring them in their carry-on. Unless they are in a 3.4 ounce container or smaller, they need to go a checked bag.

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1 comment

Bill May 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm

There is an error in the story, the story says they cannot go on the airplane at all. “You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only.” per


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