For many travelers, there’s nothing more annoying than waiting through various security lines in the airport. The TSA screeners and their tools are a necessary evil, but if you’ve ever been singled out or had a difficult time removing your shoes, phone, laptop and medicine at the same time, you probably have lamented TSA’s lack of guidelines in what you can and cannot do. Fortunately, there are some TSA secrets that will make flying a little less painful.
You are probably familiar with Apple’s old slogan, “there’s an app for that.” In the case of the TSA, that is actually true, since TSA has a comprehensive app (which can also be accessed online). What’s more important is that the app is actually quite helpful. With the TSA app you can search each of your belongings to find out what is permitted on airplanes and what is not. Do you have a prescription for cough medicine? You can bring it on if you tell TSA it’s medically necessary and is in a container that is 3.4 ounces or less. What about a tennis racket? Well, according to the site “Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage.” That means tennis rackets should be checked, but fishing poles are ok.