Ever since 9-11, aviation security have alerted to the threat liquid explosives can present. All of a sudden, drinks, food and toiletries were being banned from the airports worldwide. Nowadays, security has eased up a little, but the rules to keep all liquids, aerosols and gels in check are still being enforced. If you have plans to fly in the near future, it pays to be in the know about 3-1-1.
3-1-1 is the aviation industry’s catchphrase to help you remember easier how to pack liquids. If you’re going to keep your liquids in your checked bag, there’s should be no problem, but if you’re planning to take the liquids through the checkpoint and onto the plane, then you’ll need to follow the rules for packing liquids. The rules are actually simple:
- 3 – only 3 ounce or smaller containers of liquid or gel are allowed to be carried on.
1 – these containers are to be placed in a 1 quart-sized clear plastic baggie.
1 – only 1 bag per passenger is allowed
Once you get to the security checkpoint, you need to take your baggie out of your carry-on and put it in a bin. If you need to bring liquids more than 3 ounces, you’ll have to place it in your checked bags. The 3-1-1 rule applies to toiletries like perfumes, toothpaste, shampoo and lotions, as well as to drinks like water, juices or liquor. It also applies to food, such as jams, jellies, dips and dressings. Certain items, like medications such as insulin, ointments and medicine in syrup form, as well as infant needs like breast milk and baby formula are considered exempt. You can bring them through the checkpoint in larger amounts (but in reasonable quantity), as long as you declare them to a security officer.