November is Aviation History Month and the beginning of a busy travel season. While the road trip is still an iconic American meme, airplanes have definitely replaced trains as the most popular way of traveling long distances. Most of us rely on them to get home for the holidays or see the sites we always dreamed of, while we save trains for shorter distances and rely on cars mainly for daily jaunts. In a post 9/11 world, airline safety has taken on new meaning and extra hassles like security checks, x-ray machines, and specific instructions. While navigating the security line before your next flight may be challenging, the words of Charles M. Hays, former President of the Grand Trunk Railway, still ring true: “Safety First is Safety Always.”
If your family is planning on flying to your favorite destination, anticipating some of the rules and regulations that ensure safe air travel will help you get on your way. Here are some travel safety tips relevant to all aspects of airline safety that can benefit you and your family during the upcoming holiday season.
1. 3-1-1 Rule
Not only does your carry-on have to fully fit into the overhead compartment or the space under the seat in front of you, but the 3-1-1 rule states that any carry-onliquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or smaller. These containers must, in turn, fit inside a single quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Only one bag per passenger. Nowadays, every toiletry counts.