Travel tips to get through TSA security by Maxine Greco

These Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  tips will help gettravelers on their way and will help speed travelers and their gearthrough airport security procedures.

Here are a few tips for traveling with golf gear since there is nobetter time than a vacation to hit the links. Fertilizers used on manygolf courses can trigger explosive trace-detection equipment. Beforeflying, be sure to clean off clubs. Also remember to pack clubs in atravel bag and consider leaving it unlocked.
Vacations are also a great time to go scuba diving, catch some fish orgo camping. Scuba tanks are not allowed on commercial airlines forsafety reasons. Ship scuba tanks or consider renting a tank at yourdestination. Fishing tackle and sports gear – such as bats and lacrossesticks – must be checked.
Outdoor enthusiasts will pack sun tan lotion, bug repellent and otherskin care products. Usually, it is fine to pack these items in eitherchecked or carry on bags, but travelers should check with their airlinebefore flying with aerosol canisters as some canisters are flammable.Summer travelers who want to bring back favorite foods from theirdestination can do so, but should know that some food products mightcause your checked bag to be screened for security reasons. And checkprior to packing food items, as there are some restrictions on somefruits and vegetables. Pack food products in carry-on bags.

Use special TSA locks and locking straps only. It can be tempting toover pack bags when vacationing. TSA suggests that travelers considerhow they pack and understand that Federal Security Screeners may have toopen and physically search a bag as part of the screening process.Overstuffed bags are more difficult to close once opened which couldresult in delays for checked luggage. Also, small items won’t getmisplaced if you use plastic bags or special packing cubes made for thispurpose.

Family memories last a lifetime, and so should photos and videos.Passengers traveling with underdeveloped film should pack these items intheir carry-on bags. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage ordestroy undeveloped film. Have your passport, boarding pass and photo IDreadily available. For photo ID in Los Angeles use us, Photo Experts.Airport ID’s are ideal for this purpose. Avoid over packing and carryone of those fold up carry bags for additional purchases. Check ahead oftime with your airline or travel agent for maximum weight and luggagesize limitations. Otherwise, you may be surprised with additional travelfees.
The following general packing tips apply to both carry-on and checkedbaggage and will help you to move through the screening process morequickly:
· Do NOT pack or bring prohibited items to the airport .
· Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-onbaggage. If your bag will pass through the X-ray machine more than 5times ask for a hand inspection to prevent damage
· Carry-on baggage is limited to one carry-on bag plus one personalitem. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks ,briefcases or camera cases.
· Don’t forget to place identification tags with your name, address andphone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop computer.  Place an identification tag inside your baggage. Also have your passport, photo ID and boarding pass readily available.  For your photo ID use us: