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TSA Gotcha! The Unlikely Carry-On “Contraband” Meeting Managers Should Avoid

in: Travel and Hospitality

Ah, the joys of travel – the thrill of adventure, the excitement of exploring new destinations, and the inevitable dread of passing through airport security. As meeting managers, we’re no strangers to the intricacies of packing for business trips. But have you ever stopped to consider the seemingly innocent items that could land your or your attendees in hot water with the TSA? From loose jewelry to oversized pillows, the list of unexpected carry-on contraband is as amusing as it is surprising.

Loose Jewelry

Picture this: you’re rushing through airport security, and suddenly, the TSA agent gives you a stern look as they pull out a tangled mess of loose jewelry from your carry-on. Avoid this fashion faux pas by opting for a jewelry organizer or travel case to keep your baubles in check. Not only will it prevent any unnecessary delays at security, but it’ll also ensure that your accessories arrive at your destination in pristine condition.

Contact Solution with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is considered a hazardous material. Contact solution that includes this ingredient is at risk of not making it through security. Best to keep this one in checked luggage. Better yet, switch to disposable contact lenses for hassle-free travel.

Toiletries in Unmarked Bottles

Nothing says “rookie mistake” like packing toiletries in unmarked bottles that don’t display the required ounces. Spare embarrassment by investing in travel-sized containers or purchasing pre-packaged toiletry kits that meet TSA regulations. It’s worth the peace of mind to avoid being flagged for suspicious liquids at security.

Full-Sized Pillows

For those tempted to bring along a favorite full-sized pillow – it’s not worth the hassle. Instead, opt for a compact travel pillow that won’t take up valuable space in a carry-on and breeze through airport security without a second glance.

Oversized Luggage

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a weary traveler struggling to maneuver their oversized luggage through airport security. Save the headache by opting for a sleek and compact carry-on that meets airline size restrictions. Not only will it make the journey more manageable, but it’ll also ensure a stress-free experience at security checkpoints.

No Socks

Last but not least, let’s talk about the cardinal sin of air travel – going sockless through airport security. Not only is it unsanitary (hello, germs!), but it’s also a surefire way to draw unwanted attention from TSA agents. Pack a pair of clean socks in a carry-on for easy removal during security screenings – fellow travelers will be thankful.

While navigating airport security can be a daunting task, a little preparation goes a long way in avoiding embarrassing mishaps and unnecessary delays. The next time you find yourself packing for a business trip, remember to keep it light, keep it compact, and above all, keep it TSA-friendly. Safe travels!

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