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The Essential Guide to Carry-On Luggage

The rules about carry-on luggage can be confusing. Sometimes, it seems like every week, the news media is reporting about another item that is or is not allowed on a plane in carry-on luggage. Because security on planes is more heightened now than ever, it’s important to know what is allowed on a plane up front, to save yourself time and hassle at the boarding gate. 

Can You Bring Personal Electronics on a Plane?

No one wants to leave their expensive electronics in their checked baggage, where it might be roughly handled as it is loaded and unloaded from a plane. The good news is, you don’t have to. Personal electronics like laptops, video cameras, tablets, or game systems are all allowed in carry-on baggage. However, you will be required to remove them from your carry-on at the security checkpoint so that they can be scanned individually, so you will want to keep them in a place where they can be quickly accessed. 

Can You Bring a Vape on a Plane?

In recent years, vape pens and e-cigarettes have quickly grown in popularity, causing many travelers to ask: can you bring a vape on a plane? The answer is yes. But vape pens and e-cigarettes are only allowed in your carry-on baggage, not in checked luggage. That does not mean you can use your vape on the plane, however. Using such products is strictly prohibited on aircraft, and in some countries where you might be traveling, it is even illegal. So, keep your vape with you on the plane, but don’t plan on getting to use it until after you land. 

Can You Bring Food on a Plane?

It’s always nice to have snacks and drinks readily available to you when you’re traveling, and now many airlines don’t provide those things, especially on shorter flights. The good news is that you are allowed to bring your own food onto flights. Things like chips or cookies will make it through the security checkpoint with no problem. The bad news is that beverages are not allowed through security. Any liquids you are carrying with you must be in containers that are no larger than 3 oz, making a 12 oz can of soda, or even your favorite water bottle, forbidden. 

There are exceptions to this rule: baby food and baby formula are allowed on a plane if you are traveling with a baby. Also, anything you purchase inside the airport after you get through the security checkpoint is allowed. You will, unfortunately, be paying higher prices at the airport, but it’s still usually less expensive than what is sold on the plane. 

When you’re traveling, it’s always important to follow the rules and regulations of the TSA, as well as those of the airline you are traveling with. These rules are in place to ensure the safety and security of all passengers and make flying a relatively pleasant experience for everyone. By ensuring that you don’t take prohibited items with you when you travel, you can save yourself the time and hassle of having to deal with them at the security checkpoint. 

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