People usually pack their baggage whichever way they want when traveling in their own automobiles. Being in your own car gives you the freedom to bring the things that you need without the immediate necessity to transfer them to travel containers. This is not the case, however, when you will be traveling by plane.
In response to a failed liquid explosive bomb attack in the United Kingdom in 2006, the Transportation Security Administration had to implement stricter measures with regard to bringing liquids during air travel. Today, travelers bringing in liquids need to follow the 3-1-1 rule of the TSA for acceptable travel containers. Here's what you need to know about it:
- What 3-1-1 stands for. 3-1-1 simply means 3 ounce or smaller containers for liquids or gels placed inside a 1-quart sized clear plastic zip-lock bag, and it should just be 1 bag per traveler.
- Designed for easier x-ray screenings. Since we are traveling in an era of heightened security alert, expect long lines behind the x-ray screening counter. Organizing the 3 ounce bottles in just 1 zip lock plastic bag makes it faster and easier.
- Designed for short trips only. The 3-1-1 packing method is for short trips only. You will need to buy extra toiletries when you reach your destination if you are not bringing larger containers in your checked luggage.
- Larger liquids should be declared. Other liquids exceeding the 3-ounce limit are allowed in special instances. Examples of these are prescription drugs, baby's milk formula, and breast milk. They should still be declared for inspection during checkpoint.
If you are having trouble finding 3-ounce containers for your liquids and gels, you may check some stores, whether online or not, for 3-1-1 travel kits. Nalgene bottles are best recommended, as these can withstand even the unpressurized cargo container of airplanes.
You will need to have acceptable travel containers too when you traveling with pets. There are already criteria established by the International Air Transport Association for travel containers for traveling dogs, cats, ferrets, and birds. Consider the following:
- Size and shape of pet container. The pet container should be something that will fit under the seat, and its bottom should be waterproof.
- Common acceptable brands in the airline industry. You may want to choose pet containers made by Sherpa, Pet Roll Around, Kennel Aire, and Sturdi. Investing in these brands assures you that airline authorities will not reject your pet container.
- Number of animals per pet container. Only one pet per pet container is ideally allowed, but if the animals weigh less than 14 kilograms, two pets can share one container.
- The animal should be comfortable inside the container. Your pet should have ample space to move around, and the container should be well ventilated. Food and water containers should be attached to the inside of the front door and can be easily refilled even without opening the door.
- Live Animal sticker attached. These should be attached on the top and sides of the crate. The name of the animal and the owner should also be indicated.
With this information about acceptable airline travel containers, you are on your way to a hassle-free flight.