TSA and Laptops
We’ve all heard there are new regulations for traveling with laptops and it seems to have sent a lot of panic to people who depend on their computers for livelihood. We’ve traveled in and out of Puerto Vallarta countless times and have never had a problem. Sometimes we have inadvertently left the tablet or laptop in the knapsack and there have been no questions. On the other hand, going forward, we find it’s best to be on our toes and always follow the rules as best as we can. For the sake of everyone’s safety, we like to see things being done according to rule, giving polite and respectful responses when questioned by authorities. The people working in security are here for our safety, and we need to be reminded what a tedious and sometimes stressful and thankless job they are performing.
We checked with TSA to see what the current ruling is when traveling to and from Puerto Vallarta; we found that the request is for laptops to be removed from the carrier and placed in a separate bin for x-ray screening. If you are lucky enough to be of TSA Pre✓ status, you do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets. This information comes from the TSA site. To get TSA Pre✓ apply directly online at the TSA site. The TSA site at www.tsa.gov has a very thorough list that should answer any questions about what is prohibited from any flight. In case you don’t see an item in question on the list, there is a nifty method to get the information you need. You can take a photo with your smart phone and send a question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter. This service is available weekdays and holidays, during normal business hours. It’s a good thing to check if you have even the remotest thought about something not being permitted. Sometimes when you think you’ve done it all right, you end up being the subject of additional screening if an item triggers any kind of alarm at the checkpoint. This is why we need to get to the airport early.
Within the USA, firearms that are unloaded, in a locked hard-sided container and properly declared through customs are allowed to travel, but don’t ever try to bring one to Puerto Vallarta.
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