One of the biggest issues we face when traveling is going through the security line. X-rays and pat downs will result in having to take off jewelry, clothing items and other things. This also means having to put all of your liquids into the garbage if they are over 3 oz. If you’re traveling with a dog, the process of going through security can become even more of a pain because of all the rules. Luckily there are things you can do to make security become a breeze instead of a problem. You just have to prepare ahead of time and you should be able to get through security and onto your flight with your dog in hand!
Your dog food should be placed into plastic bags with zippers on the tops of them to ensure proper dog food storage. Make sure these are sealed well so you don’t have to worry about any of the food falling out. Bring as much as you think you’re going to need for the flight plus a few treats to keep your dog happy. Along with the food you also need to bring bowls with you. The bowls should fit right into the pet carrier since your dog will have to stay in there throughout the entire flight.
If your pet has medication that they need to take with their food, bring that. Just make sure you put it into a small plastic bag that is sealed at the top. You may need to place this outside of your carry-on, but generally you can leave it inside if it’s not liquid. If you do have a gel or other type of topical ointment, put it with other liquids into a plastic bag. Leave this bag out for security until it’s passed through the x-rays.
Unfortunately you cannot bring any big bottles of water through security. Instead, you will have to ditch the water and purchase it once you are actually past the security line. Most stores have these for sale, but you will have to pay the marked up airport price. You could also bring an empty water bottle and fill it up at a water fountain if you want to save some money. Most airlines will even give you water for free once you are a few minutes into the flight and they can walk around. Bring the water bowl with you; just don’t have it already filled up.
It’s also important to bring with you an airline-approved dog crate. These have to be approved by the TSA and reach their guidelines in order to pass through the gates. You can easily find these carriers online through pet stores as well airline stores. Keep the bowls for food and water outside of the carrier until you are already passed through security. Your dog should also not have a dog collar or a dog leash on while they are going through security with you. These can set off alarms because of the metal that is on them.