The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has defined rules for carrying liquids and gels onto planes in your carry-on bags. Changes In Latitude Travel Store has some tips and advice to help you deal with the new regulations; how to get your liquids and gels to your destination, and how to pack to make it easier to get through airport security. We want to help to keep traveling as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible.

The Official TSA 3-1-1 Liquid Carry-On Rule 

3-ounce containers or smaller of liquids, gels, creams, pastes & aerosols
All liquids, gels, creams, pastes & aerosols carried onto a plane by passengers must be in containers that are 3-ounces or smaller in size.
1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding all 3-ounce or smaller containers
All 3-ounce containers of liquid, gel, cream or paste must fit into a single quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag, which limits the amount each passenger can bring.
1 bag per traveler allowed to be carried onto the airplane
Each passenger can carry only one quart-size bag on to the plane. The bag will be placed in a security bin for easier x-ray screening at security checkpoints. 

Packing tips and advice to help travelers adjust to the liquid/gel carry-on rules.

  • Prescription medications, baby formula and milk (when traveling with an infant or toddler) are allowed in quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the quart-size bag. Declare these items to the security agent at the checkpoint for separate inspection.

  • One way of avoiding problems with all of the security regulations about carrying liquids onto the plane is just not to carry on any liquids at all. When possible, pack all of your liquids, gels, creams, pastes and aerosols in your checked bag(s).

  • If you don't have a lot of different liquids/gels to carry-on, you can take a larger amount of any liquid or gel by transferring it to more than one 3-ounce container. As long as all your 3-ounce containers fit in the quart-size bag, you are following the rules.

  • All containers in your quart-size bag must be 3-ounces or smaller. A 6-ounce bottle of shampoo that is only half full is not allowed.

  • One quart-size bag is allowed per passenger. If you have a bit more than can fit into your own quart bag, maybe you can add a little to your son or daughter's allotted quart-size bag.

  • Remember to go through your purse, daypack or carry-on prior to leaving for the airport and pull out any containers larger than 3-ounces you might have, such as sunscreen, water bottles, etc. If you need them for your trip, move them to your checked baggage or transfer the contents to smaller containers.

  • If you have questions about a particular item, you should check with your airline before arriving at the airport or check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for the latest rules.

  • These regulations apply to airport security checkpoints. Any liquid, gel, or aerosol purchased in the secure area after you process through a security checkpoint, such as coffee or soda, is allowed aboard your plane, even in normal sized coffee cups or soda containers.

  • Look for non-liquid substitutes for your liquid/gel items. There are many available, such as towelettes and wipes containing soap or bug repellant. They can replace liquids/gels and won't take up the limited space in your quart-size bag.