You have enough aggravation to deal with when you’re trying to board a flight – the last thing you need is to sabotage yourself by accidentally setting off metal detectors or catching the eye of a TSA agent. But there are a few surprising items you may have packed in your carry-on that could send up a red flag at security.
FOX Business News suggests you check these items or leave them behind:
- Aluminum Foil Wrappers. Even those tiny wrappers on gum, candy and cigarette packs can set off metal detectors. So, empty your pockets of any foil before passing through one.
- Headbands. Hidden under the fancy fabric and ribbons of many headbands is a metal frame. Put your headband on the x-ray belt. And don't worry - you get a free pass for bad hair at the airport.
- “Airplane bottles” of alcohol. A long flight may seem like the perfect occasion to pull out those little bottles of vodka, but the TSA is looking for potential explosives. If you pack for a few cocktails, make sure the bottles contain less than 3.4 ounces, are the original container, and are contained in a one-quart sized, zip-top bag.
- Snow globes. They are a great souvenir, but you may want to opt for a t-shirt instead. The liquid contents of most snow globes surpass the 3.4-ounce limit and aren't allowed in carry-ons. If you just have to have that snow globe, it needs to be checked.
For more information on what you should leave at home, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm.