If you're planning on going away for next week's biggest travel day of the year (the day before Thanksgiving), consider bringing just one carry-on that fits under your seat. American Airlines gives travelers who have just one personal item priority seating. And, if you choose to do that, remeber the 3-1-1 rules for liquids: You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.(see below for more details)
However, if you must bring a bigger suitcase, be sure to get there early or check it curbside, a great $2 investment! If you are visiting family, friends or a hotel, ship it to your destination, sans suitcase.
If you're flying to, from, or through LAX, you won't be alone as LAX is forecast to be "the nation’s busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins today. More than 1.97 million passengers are forecast to pass through the airport between Nov. 21 and Dec. 1, said Nancy Suey Castles, public relations director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX".
3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.
Be prepared. Each time a TSA officer stops to physically screen a carry-on bag, it slows down the line. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule will facilitate the checkpoint experience.
Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. TSA officers may need to open them for additional screening.
If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in checked baggage.