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Old 08-25-2008, 08:05 AM   #1
 
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So we're leaving for DR next Tuesday and I want to bring some goodies on the airplane. I bought a pack of lifesaver gummies and possibly I'll buy a soda and water at the airport. Do you think I'll be safe to stick it in my purse? It's been so long I don't know their rules and they are sort of vague on the website.
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Gummies are ok. I bring them for my son to chew on during take off to avoid pressure building up in his ears.

ETA: Drinks you buy in the terminal after security are fine.
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Yay!!! I wanted the humungo sized bag of fluorescent gummy worms they sell at CVS buy my fiance wouldn't let me!!! LOL!! So I got a little bag.

Oh, and I want to bring my ipod, ipod charger, cell, cell phone charger and digicam.

And do they really charge you for ONE suitcase?! Cause that sucks major butt.
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If you are flying international, you can still check 2 free bags and you have the free carry on.

If yo uare checking bags, put all your liquids in there (lotions, shampoo, ect). I will usually bring a carry one that has ONE change of clothes and shoes (just in case the baggae is delayed or something). You can bring food (as long as it is in sealed bags) and you can purchase drinks (water,soda, ect) AFTER you pass through security.

FYI, the security come BACK to the states is WAY tighter than leaving (go figure). While in Germany last month, I went through THREE security checks before I boarded the plan back to the US. I made the mistake of purchasing a soda and taking a swig....they made me toss it. I'm STILL pissed cause that dayum diet coke cost me 3 euros (you don't even wanna know what that equals in dollars).
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Lmao!! Well it makes sense that it's tighter coming back into the US cause you can bring something and bring back some disease and the like. I know someone who got caught trying to bring back sand in a baggie and had to toss it! lol

Wait...so you gotta wait to open your soda when you're ON the plane coming back?? Kinda of fragganackabull is that! And don't get me started on the euros!
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You can't bring liquids or gels over a certain size through. The TSA website should tell you all the latest information on what you can and cannot take through; I would check that.

If you don't want to buy water in the airport, you can bring an empty bottle through and refill it at the drinking fountain once you are past security.

On a side note, I love when people try to bring items through that are not allowed, and then have fits about it when it is confiscated. One woman was trying to bring luxury bath items (e.g. lotion, shampoo) through the last time I flew. When the guard told her she could not carry them on, she implied that they just made up these rules so they could get free stuff. Yeah, this guy really wants your shampoo, lady.
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Girl, it was a business trip so I was with my boss and he was in TEARS laughing at me. I went straight "angry black woman" when that lady took my soda. All I kept thinking was "that dayum 20oz diet coke just cost me $5 and u gonna tell me I can't drink it....WTF! That's like a gallon of gas!" I dunno if I was more pissed at the fact that I acutally paid that much for a freaking soda or the fact that i only took one drink out of it. Either way.....that was one expensive ass diet coke!

Also, make sure they stamp your passport when you arrive in DR when you go through customs. It will make it go much smoother when you return to the US (I was told that in a lot of places they don't stamp it unless you make em do it).
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If you are flying international, you can still check 2 free bags and you have the free carry on.
This one depends on the airline, I think. I know I USED to (2 years ago) be able to check 2 bags. But this year when I went overseas, I was only allowed one free. The second checked bag cost $25 I think (so I just stuffed it all into one before going to the airport).

You're still allowed 1 carryon bag and 1 'personal item' to carry on (a smaller suitcase and a laptop bag, for example. just keep in mind a purse counts as a personal item so you can't have a laptop bag, a purse AND a suitcase).

all of your electronics should be fine and some planes have chargers in the seats that you can plug your laptop/ipods into though I think you need special adapters.
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You can't bring liquids or gels over a certain size through. The TSA website should tell you all the latest information on what you can and cannot take through; I would check that.

If you don't want to buy water in the airport, you can bring an empty bottle through and refill it at the drinking fountain once you are past security.

On a side note, I love when people try to bring items through that are not allowed, and then have fits about it when it is confiscated. One woman was trying to bring luxury bath items (e.g. lotion, shampoo) through the last time I flew. When the guard told her she could not carry them on, she implied that they just made up these rules so they could get free stuff. Yeah, this guy really wants your shampoo, lady.
When leaving the US, the rules are pretty cut and dry with TSA. When returning..not so much, because each country has thier own TSA-ish agency that has it own rules. I learned that first hand with what has been dubbed in my office as "diet coke gate". After passing through two security check points and being allowed to purchase the darn thing...I assumed that I would be allowed to board with it (in the US, once you pass secuity and purchase a drink, you can carry it on with no problems). Low and behold, there is a final security check literally right before you board the plane.

*yes i'm STILL pissed about that $5 diet coke....lol*
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If you are flying international, you can still check 2 free bags and you have the free carry on.
This one depends on the airline, I think. I know I USED to (2 years ago) be able to check 2 bags. But this year when I went overseas, I was only allowed one free. The second checked bag cost $25 I think (so I just stuffed it all into one before going to the airport).

You're still allowed 1 carryon bag and 1 'personal item' to carry on (a smaller suitcase and a laptop bag, for example. just keep in mind a purse counts as a personal item so you can't have a laptop bag, a purse AND a suitcase).

all of your electronics should be fine and some planes have chargers in the seats that you can plug your laptop/ipods into though I think you need special adapters.
REALLY? Wow i didn't know that. I just assumed that it was still the same across the board. Well I flew United so unless they have changed in the past month, you can bring 2 free checked bags. They did lower the weight though. Each bag has to be under 50lbs now (used to be 75lb I think).
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If you are flying international, you can still check 2 free bags and you have the free carry on.
This one depends on the airline, I think. I know I USED to (2 years ago) be able to check 2 bags. But this year when I went overseas, I was only allowed one free. The second checked bag cost $25 I think (so I just stuffed it all into one before going to the airport).

You're still allowed 1 carryon bag and 1 'personal item' to carry on (a smaller suitcase and a laptop bag, for example. just keep in mind a purse counts as a personal item so you can't have a laptop bag, a purse AND a suitcase).

all of your electronics should be fine and some planes have chargers in the seats that you can plug your laptop/ipods into though I think you need special adapters.
REALLY? Wow i didn't know that. I just assumed that it was still the same across the board. Well I flew United so unless they have changed in the past month, you can bring 2 free checked bags. They did lower the weight though. Each bag has to be under 50lbs now (used to be 75lb I think).
Yeah, it sucks I flew American London Gatwick the first time, and they let me check 2 bags (this was last year). I think they had a limit of 50lbs. This past May I went again, but I flew Air Canada to London Heathrow, and they had a limit of 1 for free (50lbs or under) and then they charged for more. I think I read an article about American doing the same now

I never really needed 2 suitcases GOING, but coming HOME with all the souvenirs, it came in handy. I used to pack a dufflebag inside my suitcase so i could use it on the journey back home. now i just have to get creative and buy smaller souvenirs :P
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You can't bring liquids or gels over a certain size through. The TSA website should tell you all the latest information on what you can and cannot take through; I would check that.

If you don't want to buy water in the airport, you can bring an empty bottle through and refill it at the drinking fountain once you are past security.

On a side note, I love when people try to bring items through that are not allowed, and then have fits about it when it is confiscated. One woman was trying to bring luxury bath items (e.g. lotion, shampoo) through the last time I flew. When the guard told her she could not carry them on, she implied that they just made up these rules so they could get free stuff. Yeah, this guy really wants your shampoo, lady.
When leaving the US, the rules are pretty cut and dry with TSA. When returning..not so much, because each country has thier own TSA-ish agency that has it own rules. I learned that first hand with what has been dubbed in my office as "diet coke gate". After passing through two security check points and being allowed to purchase the darn thing...I assumed that I would be allowed to board with it (in the US, once you pass secuity and purchase a drink, you can carry it on with no problems). Low and behold, there is a final security check literally right before you board the plane.

*yes i'm STILL pissed about that $5 diet coke....lol*
True, the TSA stuff is just for domestic travel or outbound flights. She will need to check what you can bring on in DR, as well as what she can bring through Customs for DR and the US.

So sorry about your Diet Coke
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If you are flying international, you can still check 2 free bags and you have the free carry on.
Yeah, the rules have pretty much changed in the last month, it seems. Not sure about overseas, but between Canada and the US, it seems like everyone is charging if not for your first bag (US airways) then at least your second (Air Canada, American, United etc...).

There is some discretion though, my SIL didn't get charged for her extra bag last week on US Airways leaving Vancouver but was charged for it leaving Phoenix.

Iris's idea of bringing an empty water bottle is a good one. I also took Crystal Light packets with me with no problem, but I can see how powders could be an issue. Security out of Vancouver always seems more relaxed than at US airports - I forgot to empty my kid's sippy cup once, and they didn't care. And they let me go through security with my baby asleep in the sling, which is also a no-no.
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Great answers ladies, thanks!

50 lbs....do I have 50 lbs of clothing and crap? I'ma stick that sucka on my scale before we leave lol
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Great answers ladies, thanks!

50 lbs....do I have 50 lbs of clothing and crap? I'ma stick that sucka on my scale before we leave lol
I've had to be careful about this. I have some big suitcases, and if I fill them up with just clothes, then its fine. But if I start adding other stuff in there, then it gets heavy fast.
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I won't have too much to bring, hallelujah!! I'll bring like one pair of wedges, which I bet I won't wear, two flipflops and one flat pair of dressier sandals.
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I won't have too much to bring, hallelujah!! I'll bring like one pair of wedges, which I bet I won't wear, two flipflops and one flat pair of dressier sandals.
Yeah, you say that now! What about hair care products?
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Oh, and I want to bring my ipod, ipod charger, cell, cell phone charger and digicam.
I read through, don't know if this was answered, but you can bring these on the plane in your carry on. You are allowed to bring a one quart zip lock bag filled with your prescriptions, make up, lip stick, and up to 3 oz bottles of liquids (ie hair products.) Make sure you tape anything you put in your suitcase. I lost a whole bottle of liquid gel that I bought while I was away. Hopefully, your fiance won't use his zip lock--and you can bring all of the hair products on board, LOL!
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You know what, why not check the website of your airline? At this point they all seem to have different rules for how many bags you can check and how many you can carry on...plus some have extra charges for all kinds of stuff that used to be free. The website should tell you.
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Definitely check the airline's website to see how many checked bags you can carry. As for carry on, I'd just stick with the general rule of one carry-on bag, and one carry-on item (purse, lap-top bag, big camera bag, etc.).

As for what you can bring to the airport with you and take through security:
  • one quart-size ziplock baggie with all your liquid/gel products in it that are all no bigger than 3oz
  • All your regular electronics (phone, ipod, camera, etc.) and their chargers are fine
  • Sealed non-perishable foods, like candy, is fine. I'd avoid anything that has been opened at all, or anything "fresh" (like meats or cheeses or fruits).
  • Don't bring any weapon-like objects at all, including your nail clippers or a tiny key-chain jack-knife, or they will be confiscated.
Once you get through all the security checkpoint, you can bring pretty much anything you want onto the airplane as long as you can fit it into your carry-on bag and personal item (I was actually forced to condense my "shopping" bag into another of my bags before boarding once). You can buy water, or a sandwich or a salad, or a big thing of hair products and take them on no problem.
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