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The Best TSA-Friendly Carry Ons

April 25, 2012

If you are traveling soon you may be wondering about bringing just a carry on instead of checking your luggage. This is a great idea! It not only saves a lot of time not going to baggage claim, but with many airlines now charging to check your bags, it saves money too. Just make sure that you’re bringing the right carry on luggage.


The maximum size for any carry on bag or suitcase for most airlines is 45 linear inches, meaning the total measurement (height plus width plus depth) should be under 45”. We suggest looking at our Samsonite luggage as there are many carry ons conveniently categorized for quick shopping.


The TSA offers this convenient tip for bringing liquids in your carry on:


3: All containers must contain 3.4 ounces or less of liquid or gel.

1: All of the containers must be inside a 1-quart size clear plastic zip-top bag.

1: Only 1 clear bag containing liquids allowed per passenger.


If you are carrying a lot of liquids in your carry on, we suggest our Victorinox Swiss Army luggage. Most of the baggage in this collection features extra pockets separate from the main compartment, allowing for easy access to your 1-quart bag, and also protecting your clothing in case of leaks or spills.

Luggage Locks

According to the TSA website, “TSA screens every passenger’s baggage before it is placed on an airplane. While [their] technology allows [them] to electronically screen bags, there are times when [they] need to physically inspect a piece of luggage. TSA has worked with several companies to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal “master” keys so that the locks may not have to be cut.”

If you are interested in extra security, we recommend our line of Rimowa Salsa Air luggage, in which every piece comes with a TSA lock.

Follow these tips for bringing the right carry on luggage, and you’ll get through airport security in a flash!


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