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What You Need to Know

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to keep you safe when you fly. Security screening must be thorough and sometimes these detailed checks cause lines. The TSA provides you with the data online to check airport security wait times so that you know what to expect when you travel.

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also has estimated wait times for border crossings between Canada and the U.S., Mexico and the U.S. and other land borders.  The wait times are updated hourly and listed for commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and pedestrians.

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Travelers can find a wealth of information including crowd-sourced airport security wait times at our mobile My TSA application.  Here, you will be able to check and post airport delays reported by fellow travelers in real time, confirm what items you can bring through security and review other tips for travelers from TSA.

Those crossing land borders can consult the Border Wait Time application, which is available for mobile phones and also features RSS feeds.

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Tips

The easiest way to get through airport security quickly is by abiding by TSA rules. Follow the 3-1-1 mantra!

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

Last Published Date: October 19, 2012
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