Know Before You Go

Find answers to common questions about what type of items are safe to bring on an aircraft, what destinations may have travel restrictions, and other safety-related items you will want to know before your next trip. 

  • Pack Safe FAA Rules & GuidelinesU.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations prohibit passengers from carrying hazardous materials (“hazmat” or “dangerous goods”) aboard commercially operated aircraft.  For specific guidance, see or scan the QR code below with your smart phone:


    You may also contact the U.S. DOT Hazmat Information Center for answers to any hazmat questions at or 1-800-467-4922.

    When in doubt…Leave it out!

  • FBI Department of JusticeU.S. Department of Justice Office of Private Sector (OPS) has developed a guide featuring best practices for business travel, to ensure the safety and security of the traveler and the information they may hold. For specific guidance, see

  • STEPU.S. Department of State has created the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

     Doing so will allow you to:

    • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
    • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
    • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

    To find out more and enroll in the program visit

  • U.S Department of State has created a Traveler's Checklist of items to do before traveling abroad.

    These items include getting:Travel Checklist

    • Informed about your destination and plan for the unexpected.
    • Required documents such as your passport and visas.
    • Enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and emergency alerts.
    • Insured for medical, evacuation, and other unexpected expenses.

    To find out more and download the checklist click here

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC) has created a guide to help travelers when it comes to their health, and the health of others, while traveling.  They identify these items as The Three P's which advise you to be:
    Center for Disease Control

    • Proactive by learning about your destination, seeing a doctor before you travel, and thinking about your health status. 
    • Prepared by packing smart, planning ahead for illnesses or injuries that may occur during your trip, knowing what to do if you become sick of injured on your trip, and knowing and sharing important information about your trip.
    • Protected by practicing healthy behaviors during your trip and when you return home.

    To find out more and get additional health related travel information click here

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