Airport travel tips: What’s allowed and what’s not

Security officials have a simple request for the 1.5 million people traveling through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this holiday season.

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Leave your machetes at home.

Store them with your guns and knives, because all of those things have been nabbed at security.

The airport organized an event Tuesday to reiterate travel restrictions, particularly regarding carry-on luggage.

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Sari Koshetz, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, showed a table of potential weapons confiscated from travelers in the past year: several grenades, a 15-pound kettlebell, golf clubs, a mallet, power tools and BB guns.

Anything that can be used to bludgeon or stab someone should be left out of carry-ons, TSA, airport and Broward sheriff’s officials.

If you need your gun or machete on your trip, pack it in your checked luggage, they advised. Even then, firearms must be unloaded, in a locked, hard-sided case, and must be declared to the airline.

So far this year, TSA officers have stopped 48 guns from making it past security at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Most were loaded.

Not following the rules can lead to civil penalties of up to $11,000 from the TSA, plus criminal penalties from the sheriff’s office.

TSA, airport and sheriff’s officials gave these tips about carry-on bags:

• Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less per container.

Contents must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bags.

One of those bags is permitted per passenger

The bag should be taken out of your carryon and placed into a screening bin.

Larger liquids such as medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in “reasonable quantities” exceeding 3 ounces and don’t have to be in zip-top bags.

If you’re not sure about an item, put it in a checked bag.

For more information about what is and isn’t allowed, go to, 954-356-4526, Twitter @MiriamValverde

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