(Video by Darin Oswald.)
These tips from the Transportation Security Administration will help you fly with firearms and fly through security lines at the Boise Airport.
Dress for success
Unless you are a TSA PreCheck member, you can’t avoid the security screening process. You can make life easier on yourself and help speed up the line by watching what you wear, TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said Wednesday during a demonstration at the Boise Airport.
Avoid wearing a sweatshirt, belt, hat, or baggy clothes. TSA will ask you to remove them.
Shoes are more important than you think. If you’re in a hurry, footwear with straps or laces will take longer to put on and take off. Slip-on sneakers are ideal for getting in and through the line quickly.
If you’re traveling with family, children younger than 12 do not have to take off their shoes during TSA screening.
Have gun, will travel
Six firearms have been found at the Boise Airport so far this year, including one last weekend, Dankers said. Nationwide, the number of firearms discovered in carry-on bags increased by 22 percent in 2014 from 1,813 to 2,212.
Firearms are allowed on aircraft if they are unloaded, packed in a two-lock, hard-sided case in checked baggage. Ammunition and firearm parts aren’t allowed in carry-on bags. If you’re traveling with a weapon, visit the airline ticket counter and let them know.
The 411 on food
You would be surprised how often food items are tossed during screening because passengers tried to carry on items that exceed the 3.4-ounce container requirement for gels and liquids. So, if your vacation includes a souvenir bottle of wine, be prepared to check it with your luggage. Pies and cakes more your style? You can bring them through security, but they are subject to additional screening.
If you’re packing for a trip that involves the great outdoors, keep in mind that insect repellant and sunscreen fall under the 3.4-ounce requirement for carry-on bags.
Need to bring camping gear? Hatchets, knives and axes must be in checked bags. Camping fuel, gel fire starter and propane tanks are not allowed in checked or carry-on bags. Camp stoves are allowed in checked bags as long as they don’t emit fumes.
Other sports gear that could be used as a weapon have to be in checked luggage, so plan on stowing your souvenir baseball bat.
More questions about what you can and can’t bring on a plane? Download the “My TSA” app or visit www.tsa.gov/mobile.