Last Updated on March 24, 2021
The world is constantly changing, especially for travelers. New laws and travel restrictions are approved and implemented every now and then all over the world. Airline policies are different from company to company and are slightly altered every year.
The Transportation Security Administration is constantly updating airport travel rules, flight rules, and the passenger’s air travel rights.
It is not easy for frequent travelers to keep up with all these changes in rules and regulations, and be aware of what to do and what to expect wherever they go. Fortunately, we are here to help you out. Here are some of the new travel restrictions for 2020/2021.
TSA air travel rules and airline rules for 2021:
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1. Real ID
From October 1 onwards, every person with 18 years of age and older who wants to fly within the United States must have a Real ID. What is a Real ID, you ask?
There are several documents that can be used as Real ID: a state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, US passport, permanent resident card, and many others. Real ID-compliant cards have a star at the top, so look for it.
This measure was passed by the US Congress back in 2005 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack but was constantly postponed. Until now.
2. Luggage rules
Recently, low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz air updated their luggage rules to reduce the size of their passenger’s carry-on luggage. Travel experts warn that other low-cost companies may follow this measure and implement it in 2021.
This change allows airlines to charge an extra fee for a standard carry-on suitcase while keeping a free alternative. This makes it possible for them to continue to advertise extremely low priced flight tickets and earn an extra in additional fees.
When traveling with low-cost companies, always check their policies so you won’t have any surprises at the check-in.
3. Firearm rules
The number of firearm discoveries in airports over the years has been increasing and it peaked in 2018, with over 4,200 guns discovered in carry-on bags. As you know, gun ownership is legal in the United States. However, state-level laws vary quite significantly.