A former TSA agent has attempted to provide some clarity about what travellers can and cannot bring through airport security.
Harmon-Marshall also went on to create his own newsletter called “Gate Access,” where he provides tips on getting through airport security to make a person’s overall travel experience easier to navigate.
While working at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, he said that he heard many of the same questions and repeatedly sorted out the same problems. So, he said, his main objective with his newsletter was to help people know and understand their rights.
“People think that the officers are mean, and they feel like they are prisoners when they go through security,” he said in an interview with Business Insider.
“And I just wanted to let passengers know that this is here for your safety, they’re working for you, they’re not against you.”
He even posts TikToks and writes about specific airlines and their policies, and how they may differ from other airlines. In the interview, he told the outlet that he would spend time reading the terms and conditions of various airlines to give his followers the run-down on the TSA rules.
One of his general tips that he thought travellers should be aware of is that people can bring water or any liquid that breaks the typical 3.4 ounces only rule if they freeze it beforehand.
The TSA website confirms the rule on its website, which reads frozen liquids are allowed, “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,” the website reads.
Harmon-Marshall has more than one TikTok video on the subject, with hundreds of thousands of combined views because so many people are unaware that this can be done. “If you freeze your water, you can take it past TSA,” he reiterated.
“A lot of people, they’ll get their own bottle, they’ll put their water in there, they’ll freeze it, and then they’ll just thaw out, and they’ll drink it as it thaws out.”
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