Travel & Packing Tips     
(last updated 3/30/18)

Before you go: Review Packsafe packing tips for a list of which items are allowed or not allowed in checked, or carry on bags.





Important information about traveling with E-cigarettes, lithium batteries:

How many bags can you check on the airplane?
Check with your individual airline for their rules and regulations as they continue to change their policies. All airlines at the QCIA (Allegiant, American, Delta, United) all have bag fees for the first checked bag. They are typically $25 for the first bag, but may vary based on your airline rewards status or if you are flying domestically, or internationally. Many have charges for the second bag as well, for the same person. One personal item (i.e. purse, laptop bag) is free for placement under the seat in front of you on all airlines.

Allegiant charges different fees for checked AND carry on baggage, but does allow a free personal item to be placed underneath the seat in front of you. Pre-paying carry on and checked baggage on Allegiant is the most economical option. Most commercial airlines have a strict 50 lb. policy and charge for overweight bags. Allegiant has a weight limit of 40 lbs. Please contact the airline or visit their website, and type "luggage" or "baggage" into the search bar feature.

Fees are charged by all four carriers at the QCIA and if the fees are not pre-paid, payment is expected at the counter.  Please visit the airline web page and type "baggage" into the key word search or call the 800-number of the airline.

Carry On Sizes:
The most common size is 9 x 14 x 22, but airlines may vary by a few inches. All five airlines at the QCIA have a two carry-on-bag limit. Personal items, such as a purse or briefcase, are considered as one of the two items. Many airlines offer gate or valet checks for carry on items. This requires a special tag which they keep in the gate area.

*Important information for those traveling with e-cigarettes or lithium batteries.

Concourse at Quad City International Airport

Global Entry:  
The Quad City International Airport and TSA do not assist with the Global Entry Application or Interview Process. Travelers interested in Global Entry must follow the instructions via the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, Global Entry application information which can be found at this link.

Here is a generic informational link about Global Entry.

How soon should I be at the airport before my flight is scheduled to leave?
You should be at the airport 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave. After you are cleared at the airline counter, you should proceed to the screening checkpoint  after dropping your bags at the TSA baggage drop machines in the terminal. Most airlines require you to be at the airline gate 20 - 30 minutes prior to departure time for boarding. All boarding announcements will be made by the airline.

Does the name on all of my Identity Documents have to match? What if my driver’s license has only my middle initial, but my passport has my full name? Should I change my driver’s license to match my passport?

Secure Flight does not require that the names on all of your IDs be identical. Passengers should ensure, however, that the name used when making a reservation matches the ID that will be used when the passenger checks in. To illustrate this point using a hypothetical example, if a passenger’s current driver’s license reads “John C. Doe,” the passenger is not required to apply for a new driver’s license listing the complete middle name. However, if the passenger plans to use his driver’s license for identification purposes when traveling, he should ensure that he makes his flight reservation using the exact name on the driver’s license, “John C. Doe.”

REAL ID- State Compliance List

Note, Illinois has an extension through October 10, 2017, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver's licenses and identification cards from these states/territories.

TSA Pre-Check:

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening either as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group. The following airlines offer TSA Pre✓®:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • OneJet
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sun Country
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • WestJet

If you’re eligible and approved for the TSA Pre✓® program you will be given a known traveler number “KTN” to use when making flight reservations. Participating airlines will print an indicator on your boarding pass. When you arrive at the airport, look for signs for the lanes.

See above for Global Entry Information.

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Camera Film Gifts & Packages Lighters Screening Questions
Permitted Items list Prohibited Items list Items allowed in carry-on bags

FAA Link regarding Packing/Hazardous Materials:

Frequently Asked Questions

At what age do you have to have a picture I.D.?
Passengers eighteen years or older must have a government issued, photo I.D. Examples include a state-issued drivers license, state I.D. card, military I.D., or passport. Children 18 and under DO need a passport if traveling internationally. (See Real ID link above, in the TSA FAQ section.)

Should I pack my film in a carry-on or have it check through in my luggage?
ALL film should be placed in your carry on bag. "Equipment used for screening checked baggage will damage your undeveloped film." For more information refer to the TSA Travel Tips website, and review the special items list or use the search toolbar for more information.

What if I have a pacemaker or other medical conditions?
Concourse B at Quad City International Airport

What happens if I can't make my flight?
You need to contact the airline or call your travel agent as soon as you know you will be missing your flight. Each airline has its own method of handling this situation. Some airlines have penalties and fees associated with missing notification deadlines. If you are delayed or cancelled due to weather and you have been checked in at the counter or are in the terminal, listen to appropriate airline announcements or check with the airline counter. On occasion, apps on your smart phone may help with notifications, and rebooking options.

Hints for Travel:
1. Verify your reservations and flight times 24 hours before you leave. Leave itineraries, including flight times and flight numbers, with any friends or relatives who may be checking on the status of your incoming or outgoing flight.

2. Put your name and address on the outside and inside of your luggage or anything else you are carrying with you (i.e. - camera bags, shopping bags, any new purchases).  Any valuables must be placed in your carry on bags.

3. Remember, unattended bags are not allowed anywhere in the terminal. Do not walk away from your bags or possessions at any time!

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Special Assistance

Need help with your bags or a wheelchair from the parking lot to the airport entrance and ticket counter? We can help! Pull up to the terminal and tell the curb attendant you need assistance from the parking lot and they will send someone to your aid.  (Due to security reasons, we cannot accept or hold luggage while you park your car.)