The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be frustrating and bewildering to travelers. Whether you're a first-time flyer or a seasoned veteran, reviewing TSA regulations and policies is always a good idea. We've compiled a quick guide to zip you through the TSA line!


1. Packing Dos and Dont's

Can I take my UnderCool Cooling Vest on the plane with me? The TSA guidelines don't say anything specific about cooling vests except for "The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint."

The TSA has an easy visual guide on what is and is not allowed on luggage. Firearms and other flammable objects are never allowed on flights but other seemingly innocuous items may raise a red flag for security reasons. Familiarize yourself with the list to avoid mailing things back home.

We have heard from customers that they have been able to take their UnderCool Cooling Vest on the plane while wearing it and/or in their carry-on-luggage, and we have heard from other customers that they have not been able to get through security with their UnderCool Cooling Vest or have it in their carry-on-luggage but everyone has been able to put it in their checked luggage.

Tips for traveling with your UnderCool Cooling Vest.

  • Unless you need the cooling vest on the plane to keep yourself cool, put it in your checked luggage.
  • Always travel with the cooling packs in their frozen, solid state. All TSA agents will raise a red flag if they see strange looking pockets of liquid. 
  • Carry a medical note from your doctor stating why you need a cooling vest. 
  • Download, print and carry with you the ThermApparel Safety Data Sheet.
  • Carry a TSA Notification Card (see below)

2. Familiarize yourself with exceptions

The TSA has special procedures and exceptions for children, seniors, and individuals with medical conditions.  The TSA recommends you turn in a TSA Notification Card stating your medical condition to a TSA officer to receive alternative screening methods. It never hurts to call ahead to ask questions about these alternative methods so you know what to expect.

3. Separate your items

Specifically, designate what belongs in checked or carry on luggage. For example, liquids over 100 ml are allowed in checked luggage but not in carry on luggage. As you pack each bag try to keep similar items together: clothes, shoes, food, and gifts should all be in separate areas. Both checked and carry on luggage are screened so keeping things plainly organized makes it easier for TSA agents to determine you have nothing dangerous in your luggage. If you decide to include liquids in your carry on, make sure you follow the 3-1-1 rule.

4. Dress like a traveler

Now that your luggage is ready for the TSA, it's time to get you ready for the safety inspection. Wear easily removable shoes and jacket/outerwear. Many airports use metal detectors to screen for dangerous items so store any metal jewelry in your carry on while you travel. Avoid belts if you can, and don't forget to remove any loose change from your pockets!

5. Double check everything!

One simple thing in your rush to get things ready for traveling can make all the difference in your TSA experience, whether it's forgetting to bag all of your 3-1-1 liquids or taking out your hair clip before screening, The TSA's Travel Checklist helps to make sure you have everything ready!

Happy flying!

ThermApparel is a small business making big waves in the heat sensitivity world by designing the first lightweight, comfortable and invisible cooling vest, UnderCool. Check us out online, on our blog, or on FacebookTwitter, PinterestLinkedIn and Instagram.

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