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Old 01-05-2015, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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TSA is a minor annoyance, mostly because the lines are full of anxious people who haven't allowed enough time to deal with long security lines and are in danger of missing their flight.

Give yourself plenty of time, and that will take care of the majority of the annoyances.

mpheels has good advice -- do NOT "dress up" for TSA! Leave jewelry in your purse and put it on after you go through security. Easy slip-on shoes. Avoid a belt, and make sure your pockets are empty (no lipstick, etc.).

Frankly, though, if you are going to be gone a month, just pay to check the bag -- you already have the free flight, buying all new clothes and paying to ship clothes back is CRAZY. Then you can pack as much as you want (keep it under 50 pounds, which is a large suitcase packed to the gills) and you don't have to worry about carry-on limitations for cosmetics -- you can bring full bottles of shampoo, etc. without worrying about TSA carry-on restrictions. Take a big suitcase, leave room for new purchases, and you'll be fine.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Great advice. .

Appreciate it..
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:55 PM
 
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My best friend purchased a round trip ticket for me to visit her. .

Question wher do you purchase those see through bags for toiletries?

Since I'll be gone a month I'll purchase clothes when I get there and mail them back..

Will the airline allow a 30 ml of liquid make up?

Any tips appreciated. .
TIPS -
- DO NOT stand in front of the gate boarding entrance waiting for your row to be called and blocking others from boarding the plane. It's really irritating. We call these people "gate lice". Just stay seated.
- DO NOT bring your humoungous suitcase on board as "carry on" luggage. I know there are luggage charges, but really there is limited space on the plane, and all these people with their kitchen sinks delay the boarding process. Pack lightly as an alternative.
- DO NOT recline your seat unless a midget or small child is seated directly behind you.
- DO NOT expect food to be served, unless it's a long haul flight. Water and feed yourself before the flight accordingly.
- DO NOT overthink the TSA process. Yes it's a pain but not one to dwell over. For example - the "see through bags for toiletries" can simply be a grocery store sandwhich or frozen food baggy.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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TIPS -
- DO NOT stand in front of the gate boarding entrance waiting for your row to be called and blocking others from boarding the plane. It's really irritating. We call these people "gate lice". Just stay seated.
- DO NOT bring your humoungous suitcase on board as "carry on" luggage. I know there are luggage charges, but really there is limited space on the plane, and all these people with their kitchen sinks delay the boarding process. Pack lightly as an alternative.
- DO NOT recline your seat unless a midget or small child is seated directly behind you.
- DO NOT expect food to be served, unless it's a long haul flight. Water and feed yourself before the flight accordingly.
- DO NOT overthink the TSA process. Yes it's a pain but not one to dwell over. For example - the "see through bags for toiletries" can simply be a grocery store sandwhich or frozen food baggy.
Lol, I agree with all of this. Granted I don't fly often at all but when I do, I see nothing wrong with the security process. Not sure why so many people complain about it.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I travel all the time for work and I've never had an issue getting through with my makeup. I usually pack my makeup in my checked bag in a cosmetic bag wrapped with clothes to protect it from bumps and I'm sure they throw luggage around. I've never had an issue. I've probably gotten away with too many gels and liquids.
I honestly leave my 3-1-1 quart bag inside my carry on and put my shoes and laptop through in the little buckets.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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A quart sized zip-lox bag is what you need....all of your liquids MUST fit into that bag. If you are carrying a container that is bigger than 3.4 oz...they will take it, so make sure all your little containers are 3.4 oz or smaller.

You can put ANY size liquids into a CHECKED bag.....you can put your cans of deodorant or hairspray, shampoo, etc, into your checked luggage.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:46 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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My best friend purchased a round trip ticket for me to visit her. .

...

Any tips appreciated. .
I hope your friend got you a SWA ticket (free baggage, free changes, EZ / fast boarding, friendly staff).

I fly many times / month and many times / year in and out of TX. I have only been severely hassled by dishonest TSA in Denver and San Diego (frequently). Even the supervisors are thieves and support their thieving staff there. Just carry minimal stuff, and avoid confrontation with TSA (and don't act nervous or cocky).

I just use a ziplock baggy, but have never been checked (except DEN and SAN) where they will calculate volumes of liquids.

Get on a go and have a blast. (I luv flying, in spite of worthless USA TSA), Other countries have had excellent security for decades of terrorism, but the USA had to invent their own. They failed.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:20 AM
 
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- DO NOT recline your seat unless a midget or small child is seated directly behind you.
It is okay to recline your seat a little bit but definitely not fully back as there is simply no room for the person behind you.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Purgatory
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It is okay to recline your seat a little bit but definitely not fully back as there is simply no room for the person behind you.
Lol. They go back like a whole 2 inches.
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:38 AM
 
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I quit flying after I retired from the military 24 years ago. Have traveled a lot since but nothing overseas.
Have driven oven 700,000 miles since then and enjoyed every mile... There's no place I need to be bad enough to fly again. They will not let you fly the damn plane and you never know where you are headed until you land somewhere.
Enjoy your flight...
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