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The transportation security administration, known commonly as the TSA, was enacted after 911 for our protection but can be one of the most frustrating parts of traveling. Take your shoes off, throw away your liquids, stand in line…It all gets a little annoying when you’re trying to make your flight!

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Even though there are a ton of rules for flying, here are a couple you may not have known about that will surprise you and can actually save you time!

1. There’s an app for that

TSA now has an app that you can download to your smart phone to quickly help you out with questions about what you can and cannot bring onto a plane. Get it here!

2. There’s a faster way to get through security

When you sign up for TSA Pre-Check, you have the ability to get through security faster, with your shoes, a belt and even a light jacket in tact. Oh, and did I mention, no wait in line? Costing around $100 and requiring an in-person interview, TSA Pre Check is a great option for frequent flyers looking to make the travel process less hectic.

3. 3-1-1

The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons (3.4 ounce bottle, 1 quart-sized clear zip top bag, 1 bag per passenger) does not apply to liquid medication, baby formula or breast milk. No need to cut corners on these, all you need to do is declare them at the security check point!

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