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Understanding Carry On Luggage Restrictions And Travel Rules

Aug 2, 2008
Regardless of whether you're a veteran business traveler or just getting started with your career and taking your very first business trip, you must understand the changes regarding airport travel implemented by the Transportation Security Administration. This organization basically determines what you can pack in your carry on bags and what can be checked.

Although this wasn't always the case, at many major airports business travelers are now able to use a special security lane designed to move faster than the others. While it may not be available everywhere, you should check with your local airport to see if it's offered and how you can qualify.

Electronic Devices And Business Travel Luggage

Nearly everyone on a business trip carries a laptop on the plane with them. The only requirement currently is that the computer be removed from it's case and passed through security screening equipment by itself in one of the provided bins. Other gadgets commonly carried by the business traveler such as cameras, personal digital assistants, pagers, call phones and GPS devices are allowed to be taken on board as either carry-ons or checked baggage.

Camera equipment precaution: Screening equipment used for checked baggage can damage undeveloped film in your camera. Be sure to safeguard your film by putting it in carry on luggage and ask security personnel to inspect your bag by hand.

What About Sports Equipment?

As you know, business is not always conducted at the office. This is especially true on a business trip. It's very likely you play a round of golf with a client or get in some tennis for exercise while you're away from home.

Keep in mind that while you can travel with most sporting equipment, you'll usually need to include it in you checked baggage. Baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, etc. need to be checked. However, you will be able to bring golf balls, basketballs and other small items on the plane with you.

Rules Regarding Personal Items

Personal items are a necessary part of overnight travel and business travelers are no exception. In fact, they probably take more toiletry items with them than the average traveler on vacation.

Personal toiletry items such as creams, lotions, eye drops, cologne and mouthwash can be either checked or carried on provided they are in containers three ounces or less. Because the rules do tend to change, check with your airport if in doubt about a particular item.
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