The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers these tips for summer vacationers to help speed travelers and their gear through airport security procedures.
Golf Clubs – There is no better time than the summer to hit the links, so here are a few tips for traveling with golfing gear. Fertilizers used on many golf courses can trigger explosives trace detection equipment. Before flying clean off clubs. Also remember to pack clubs in a travel bag and consider leaving it unlocked.
Summer Campers – Every summer thousands of kids travel to summer or scout camps. Be sure to check the camp's suggested supply list against the TSA prohibited items list to avoid headaches at the security checkpoints. Items like pocketknives and pointed tip scissors are not permitted in carry-on luggage. Also, parents and camp counselors can call ahead to airlines for permission to escort children to and from gates. Also, children under 18 are not required to travel with identification.
Sporting Goods – Summer is also a great time to go scuba diving, catch some fish or go camping. Scuba tanks are not allowed on commercial airlines for safety reasons. Ship scuba tanks or consider renting a tank at your destination.
Fishing tackle and sports gear – such as bats and lacrosse sticks – must be checked. Campers traveling with gas containers for grills or stoves must find another way to ship the containers separately, because they cannot be checked or carried onto a plane for safety reasons. Believe it or not, parachutes are another item that can be damaged as part of the security screening process. Consider other means of shipping or at the very least, please check parachutes closely before using.
Fireworks – Fireworks are not allowed on airplanes, in checked or carry-on baggage, for safety and security reasons.
Lotions, Spray and Foods – Outdoor enthusiasts will pack sun tan lotion, bug repellant and other skin care products. In general, it is fine to pack these items in either checked or carry-on bags, but travelers should check with their airline before flying with aerosol canisters as some canisters are flammable. Summer travelers who want to bring back favorite foods from their destination can do so, but should know that some food products might cause your checked-bag to be screened for security reasons. Pack food products in carry-on bags.
Packing Bags – It can be tempting to over pack bags when vacationing. TSA suggests that travelers consider how they pack and understand that Federal Security Screeners may have to open and physically search a bag as part of the screening process. Overstuffed bags are more difficult to close once opened which could result in delays for checked luggage.
Film – Family memories last a lifetime, and so should photos and videos. Passengers traveling with undeveloped film should pack these items in their carry-on bags. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage or destroy undeveloped film.
Summer Clothes – One of the advantages of the summer travel seasons is that warm-weather clothes are more "checkpoint-friendly." Sandals and light clothes are less likely to trigger metal detectors than dress clothes and winter coats. This means checkpoint lines may move even quicker this summer. Please continue to contact your airline for suggestions on how early to check in for your flight.
For more travel tips and a complete list of items prohibited from either carry-on or checked baggage click here .