bottled water

Have you ever tried (unsuccessfully) to bring your own bottled water on a flight? Me, too. 

If so, one of 2 things probably happened: The TSA Officer told you to:

  1. bottled waterThrow the bottle out
  2. Empty the contents of the bottle into a trash can.

I know…you, like me, want to save money whenever you can and still be able to drink something healthy.

Well, good news!  There are a few ways around the bottled water dilemma:

Option #1:  Buy a bottle of water near your gate (No, thanks! They charge WAY too much!) 

Option #2:  Bring an empty bottle, then fill it up after in a water fountain or the bathroom sink after you get through security     

Option #3: Freeze your water until it is a solid block of ice.  (Yes, you heard me right).  

According to the TSA: 

“Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.  

(* Click here for the full statement by the TSA.)

If you choose Option #3, be sure you drink any melted water before getting to the security checkpoint. If there’s liquid in the bottle, the will probably make you throw out the bottle. 


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  1. I think that health is wealth. I also believe that we should learn to filter our own water especially when we are travelling or we are in a different place.Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Yes, I totally agree with what you said. The store in the airport charge way to much for a bottle of water. I want to save money. I will try to do your tip. I hope my frozen bottle will pass the screening when I try to do it.

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