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    Although going to Cabo San Lucas is probably the most fun you can have with your clothes on, going through airport security usually has you taking most of your clothes off early ( can leave your pants on, but your shoes and belt are coming off for TSA). The good folks at TSA are gradually getting their act together, and it seems like it gets easier to pass through airport secirity with each passing year.

    On your trip to Cabo you will experience airport security at you home airport and also when departing Los Cabos International Airport. If you think the Mexicans will be lax in their responsibilities of airport security...think again. You will probably experience very diligent security efforts at both airport locations, including the Cabo San Lucas end. Mexican officials take airport security very seriously.

    When getting ready to pack your bags for your Cabo adventure it is a good idea to plan ahead for airport security. As a general rule the good folks at the security checkpoints will not allow you to pass through into the terminal gate areas with anything on your person or in your carry on luggage that could be used as a weapon. They are a little less strict on items that are packed in your luggage that is being checked in. Obviously all types of explosives and flammable items are forbidden in the luggage area and in the main cabin.

    Additional information on travel items includes:

    • Scissors: Metal scissors with pointed tips can not be carried on board, but plastic scissors or scissors with blunt tips are usually allowed.

    • Knives: Knives are forbidden in carry-on baggage but allowed in baggage that is checked in. Round bladed, butter and plastic knives are usually allowed on board.

    • Knitting needles: Usually allowed in carry-on and checked in baggage unless the TSA screener deems that the needles in question may be used as a weapon.

    • Razor blades: Razor blades not in cartridges, box cutters, and utility knives are not allowed in carry-on baggage but are allowed in checked-in luggage.

    • Sports equipment: Items that may be used as a weapon or that may be dangerous are not allowed in carry-on, such as ice skates, hockey sticks, ski poles, baseball bats, etc.

    • Other items: Any item that may be perceived by the TSA screener to be a threat to the security of the aircraft may be forbidden. Pieces of glass or metal, bands of wire, spray paint any many other items that may be seen as dangerous may be confiscated by the officials.




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