On Thursday, at 9:45am, I will (hopefully) take off for a five day trip to Seattle, WA to see one of my best friends. Since the flight was booked using a voucher from giving up my seat on an earlier flight back in April, the route is a little, well, circuitous. It also happens to be on US Airways, which is not known for being very customer friendly. But hey — it was a free flight!!
Due to the loop-de-loops my various flights will be performing across the country, I am not checking a bag. If I do, I know I will never see it again. Ever. This, as you can imagine, it proving challenging in the packing department. Does my make-up count towards the 3 oz limit if it’s powder? What about mascara? Stick deodorant? What about knitting needles? And the two granola bars I bought?
The TSA’s website is fairly helpful, though I understand it is always up to the security officers on duty to allow or deny anything. At least this time around, I’ve switched to a Massachusetts state driver’s license, since my previous (and only) driver’s license from Maine was not recognized by TSA. Maine is the only state one of a handful of states that is are non-compliant with Homeland Security’s guidelines. (Check out the letter from Homeland Security to Maine’s Governor Baldacci.) Anyways, at least I don’t have to worry about that anymore!
Anyone have any helpful tips/tricks for packing when you’re not checking a bag. How about from the knitters?
Addendum: Looks like TSA might be considering relaxing the liquids/gels rules.