Do liquids HAVE to be in a quart size baggie?

Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 04:30 AM
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Do liquids HAVE to be in a quart size baggie?

It says on the TSA website that all 3 oz. liquids must be in a quart size baggie, not a little fold over sandwich baggie and not a gallon size baggie. Thing is I only have those two and not a quart size one. Do I REALLY have to go out and buy a box of quart size baggies just so I can use one for my trip? Will they not allow my liquids on if they are in a gallon size one?
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 05:54 AM
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Do you want to take the risk and find out otherwise at the airport? I only saw quart size in use on my last trip.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 06:20 AM
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You know the 3 oz. liquids rule only applies to what you carry-on the plane, right? If you check a suitcase you can put whatever size whatever you want in it.

If you are going carry-on only, then yes you want to use a single quart-size ziplock bag... which you remove from your bag and put in the bin with your shoes to send thru x-ray at security check points.

Definitely worth the price of a box of baggies to have your ducks in a row at security.

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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 06:23 AM
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In addition to holding the liquids, you can also use the quart size baggies to hold your undies, power cords, etc. to help organize your stuff. Put some snacks in a few for the plane trip. Before you know it, the bags will be all used and you'll be looking for more.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 06:31 AM
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Quart baggies are how I organize my paperwork too. Perfect size for airline and hotel confirmation paperwork, to stick lose receipts, business cards of shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. I come home with a couple neat little packets of information, easy to label and store after the trip.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 08:02 AM
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Mapper71 - I also did not want to buy an entire box of quart size baggies but in the trial size aisle at Target I found a package with I think 4-5 quart size baggies, specifically geared towards travelers - I think the package even referenced something about TSA approved. Try looking in the trial size aisles at various stores and you might find the same! Good luck!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 08:37 AM
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Not only they have to be in a zip bag, they MUST be in one!

The good news is, in the major airports, they provide them for free, and they seem to be a little bigger then the regular zip sandwich bags.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 11:36 AM
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Let's get serious--a box of quart-size ziploc bags runs about $4! Stick a few in your luggage. They come in handy as doggy bags, dirty socks, whatever....
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 11:42 AM
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Less than that if you buy generic! I was laughing but trying not to, that someone can afford a plane ticket and a vacation but not a box of ziplock bags.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 01:45 PM
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I could be wrong, but I don't think Mapper71 was concerned with having to pay for an entire box, but just having an entire box after needing only one. I can see the poster's point. Not everyone needs a particular size baggie around their house and the rest of the box may go unused. I don't see the point in posting to someone's question if you aren't going to be helpful in answering their question. JMO.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2008, 01:53 PM
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OK Buffy, but please realize if each of us only answered exactly the question as asked, on each and every thread these forums would be a very dull place.

For example the answer to Mapper's thread would take only one reply, and only one word:

"yes"
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Old Jul 3rd, 2008, 09:42 PM
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Yes, Target sells the quart size baggies, in the trial/travel size aisle. I think they charge $1.29 for six of them. The Dollar Tree sells 'em eight for a dollar, and I always stock up there.
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Old Jul 4th, 2008, 06:09 AM
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Walgreens sells them for $1.79. The point being less than $2.- for generics, give yourself the piece of mind.
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Old Jul 4th, 2008, 10:05 AM
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I saw Bed Bath & Beyond had a kit including various-sized empty plastic containers, labels, within a quart sized heavy weight ziplock for $9.99. You'd put your own products into each, be very organized, and for sure allowable.

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Old Jul 4th, 2008, 12:12 PM
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It HAS to be the quart size bags for carry on. Not bigger, not smaller.
And, when they say 3 ounces they mean it the max size of the container. You can't carry on a half full 6oz. container and try to argue that it's only 3oz. inside since it's only half full. They'll make you throw it out.
Put anything you want in checked luggage, but for carry on you have to follow the rules.

To go TSA.gov.

Some airports hand quart baggies out at security if you don't have the right size, BUT I would not rely on that.
Get the generic brand from some grocery store.
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Old Jul 6th, 2008, 07:29 AM
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and don't fixate on "3 oz" - sure, you might have one or two 3 oz products. But the vast majority of travel/sample sized products are smaller than 3 oz.
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Having a box of one quart bags is a positive thing - it means you are planning more trips!
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Old Jul 8th, 2008, 03:08 AM
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I keep a couple of the required quart size bags tucked into my suitcase when I put it away, so I'll always have one handy when it's time to pack for travel.
Keep it tucked in the carry on bag after arriving at destination, so it's handy if needed on the return home.
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It doesn't just have to be a ziplock but it has to be quart size. I bought two "TSA approved" clear platic toiletry bags from Pitotubes. They are beautiful with great silver piping, have a super heavy duty zipper, and quite frankly, I don't know who tested this but it appears to be much larger than a quart. However, it's clearly stamped on the front, "TSA Approved 1 Quart". Maybe it's the way it's designed with a wide bottom whereas a ziplock has a flat bottom, but you can cram twice as much stuff in here. Did I mention how great the zipper is? My ziplocks used to pop open before I got this! I've used it for over a year now on a dozen flights and have had no problem. http://206.123.101.23/~pito/shopping...roducts_id=180

FYI The Pitotubes themselves are terrible, they take up too much space for the little amount of liquid they hold and the pump openings are way too small for something like hair gel, thicker stuff.
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Old Jul 8th, 2008, 05:56 AM
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Sorry I messed up the link:

It doesn't just have to be a ziplock but it has to be quart size. I bought two "TSA approved" clear platic toiletry bags from Pitotubes. They are beautiful with great silver piping, have a super heavy duty zipper, and quite frankly, I don't know who tested this but it appears to be much larger than a quart. However, it's clearly stamped on the front, "TSA Approved 1 Quart". Maybe it's the way it's designed with a wide bottom whereas a ziplock has a flat bottom, but you can cram twice as much stuff in here. Did I mention how great the zipper is? My ziplocks used to pop open before I got this! I've used it for over a year now on a dozen flights and have had no problem.

http://206.123.101.23/~pito/shopping...roducts_id=180

FYI The Pitotubes themselves are terrible, they take up too much space for the little amount of liquid they hold and the pump openings are way too small for something like hair gel, thicker stuff.


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