TSA provides tips ahead of busy summer travel season

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NORFOLK, Va. - This summer travel season is expected to be one of the busiest on record for the airline industry.

So how do you get where you need to go and maintain your sanity?

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials offered some tips at Norfolk International Airport Tuesday to help make the process easier on everyone.

The TSA says one of the most common mistakes they see is people forgetting they have prohibited items on their key chains or in bags they use on a daily basis.

They also want to remind people to check your boarding pass before you get to security to see if you've been approved for the TSA pre program. If you are approved, it means you'll go through a separate security line and don't have to worry about removing things like your shoes or laptops.

tsa precheckDepending on the airline, your boarding pass may say 'pre check' or 'TSA pre.'

When it comes to liquids, the 3-1-1 rule is still in effect.

"All liquids, gels and aerosols that are in your carry-on need to be 3.4 ounces, in a one quart-sized bag and one bag per person," said Lisa Farbstein with the TSA.

There are a few exceptions, and breast milk is one of them.

"You just have to alert the TSA officer at the top of the conversation when you get to the checkpoint, best to put it in the outer pocket of your diaper bag," said Farbstein.

Laptops must be put in their own bins when going through security.  If you have more than one, each needs to be placed in a separate bin.

If you're unsure about whether or not a particular item is allowed in your carry-on, there's an easy way to find out.

Go to the TSA website.  In the top right corner there is a search option that says "When I fly can I bring my..."  Just type in the name of the object to get an answer.

There's also an app with the same feature.

Also, don't forget to give yourself plenty of time to get through security just in case.  The TSA recommends you arrive to the airport 90 minutes before your flight.

With more and more people bringing carry-ons instead of checked bags, the TSA says they need everyone's help to keep the lines moving.