Ask anyone who frequently travels and they’ll give you the same complaint. In a post 9-11 world, the heightened level of security in all airports worldwide has come to a point that it has become a big hassle. You have to comply with so many restrictions and go through very invasive security checks that, if not for the pleasures of going on vacation, you’d swear off traveling altogether.
Fortunately, there are still some things you can do that, although will never eliminate the annoyance of these pesky but necessary restrictions, will ease its troublesome aspects. Just follow these helpful travel life tips from o5.com.
1. Travel life tip # 1: Research on the current restrictions
The operative word here is ‘current.’ The restrictions, rules and policies that govern safety in public transport changes constantly as a way of responding to changing terrorism threats. This means that the list of restricted items get obsolete very fast. One of the biggest hassles is going through security check thinking you’ve complied with the restricted items list then finding out that a new one has been in place and you’ve violated some of the new items included in the list. It will surely delay you and give you a headache to boot.
The best way to get around this problem is to download the latest list of restricted items. Do this a couple of days before you leave so you know that what you’ve got is the latest list. You can check the website of the Department of Homeland Security or the web site of your country’s travel authorities and the air carrier you’re going to use. Bookmark these sites and visit them a day or two before you leave.
Travel life tip # 2: Know the banned items
Even though the list of restricted items and security policies change regularly there are still a lot of items that have been banned completely. It is a good idea to be fully aware of what they are. These items are banned even from checked in luggage. Some of the items that you should not put in your luggage include:
* Knives made from metal
* Metal scissors
* lighters and lighter fluid
* liquid bleach
* aerosol products
* any liquid or gel product that is more than 3 ounces.
Travel life tip # 3: Check the policies of your destination
Having mentioned all of these tips there is also one important reminder that you should be aware of. There are no universal rules in security policies. Different countries, air carriers and communities will impose different regulations. This means that what may be allowed in one country may be completely banned in another country.
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