travelers' holiday travel security guidelines
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[NOV. 20, 2006]
Passengers can greatly affect their
experience at the airport by preparing in advance. This includes
packing liquids, gels and aerosols in checked baggage whenever
possible, using the "3-1-1" guideline for carry-ons, arriving early
and ensuring they are not traveling with prohibited items.
For individuals who must carry
liquids, gels and aerosols through the security checkpoint, it's as
easy as 3-1-1.
All liquids, gels and
aerosols must be placed in a 3-ounce or smaller container.
These containers must
be placed in a 1-quart clear plastic zip-top bag.
One bag per passenger
is placed in a plastic bin for screening.
Below are other tips travelers should know before they leave home
this holiday season:
Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a
package, they may have to unwrap your gift. Please wrap gifts after
arriving at your destination.
Pack smart. Bringing prohibited items to the airport will
delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you're
not sure which items are allowed, check the
Transportation Security Administration
site online for a complete
Arrive on time. Arrival time recommendations vary by airline
and day of travel, so check with your carrier. You must have a
boarding pass and valid government photo ID to enter the security
checkpoint. Remember to give yourself adequate time to check your
baggage and move through security.
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Dress the part. Metal in your clothing may set off the
walk-through metal detector. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles
and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Remember that all shoes
must be removed and screened by the Transportation Security
Administration. Passengers also need to remove blazers, suit coats
and bulky sweaters, in addition to outer garments.
Film. Undeveloped film should go in your carry-on bag. If you
have film that is faster than 800 speed, hand it to a security
officer for physical inspection to avoid having it X-rayed.
Think. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats
will not be tolerated. Such incidents will result in delays and
possibly missing your flight. Local law enforcement may be called as
The limitation on liquids reflects changes made after the foiled
terror plot involving the possible use of liquid explosives in
London on Aug. 10. In response, the Transportation Security
Administration immediately banned all liquids at security
checkpoints. The ban was modified on Sept. 25 after extensive
testing showed that small amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols did
not pose a significant threat.