First, let’s take a moment of silence for every water bottle you were forced to toss at the airport security gate, as well as all of the money you’ve spent on overpriced bottles of water at the airport convenience store. The thought alone is pretty depressing, right? (By the way, here’s how to get back the stuff that TSA confiscated from you.)
But for those who mourn the loss of countless water bottles, we have some good news. There is actually a way you can bring water, or any other liquids, through the TSA security screening checkpoints at the airport—and it’s totally legal. These items are least likely to get confiscated by the TSA, too.
Common knowledge says that all liquids must be stored in containers weighing 3.4 ounces or less and zipped up in a small plastic bag when flying. But few people know that TSA regulations do allow any number of frozen liquids through the security checkpoint. That goes for frozen water bottles, too.
Don’t believe us? The TSA website states: “Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.”
There’s only one catch: Your bottle needs to be fully frozen. Procedure requires a TSA agent to check the bottle and make sure they can see through it; doing so ensures that it’s frozen solid. If not, the agent will probably ask you to toss it.
To prevent your frozen liquids from melting, just keep them in a small, cloth cooler filled with dry ice or ice packs. Then, once you make it past security, you can easily collapse the cooler and store it in your luggage. While this method might not be worth the effort for short flights, big families going on long distance or international flights could definitely use this stash of water bottles once it thaws.
Bet your TSA security agent won’t tell you that! But before you hop on your next flight, make sure you’re not making these airport mistakes, too.
[Source: Simple Most]