Airport Security

Airport Security

We want your trip to be relaxing and free from disruptions. If you follow these security tips, you'll speed your way through the airport and feel more comfortable about each airport's efforts to protect you and your fellow passengers.

  1. Keep your photo ID, electronic ticket, boarding pass and a copy of your itinerary easily available. You will need to show them more than once, so keep them easy to reach.
  2. Luggage: You must have a name tag with a sticker inside with your name and address in case your tag gets removed. Most luggage today is softside and BLACK. Do not risk someone taking your bag at luggage return in error. It helps to make your luggage different. Use large colored tape, place a sticker of some sorts on all sides, etc. Be creative.
  3. Pack sharp objects such as razors, scissors or anything that could be used as a weapon into checked luggage, DO NOT carry it on or it will be taken from you. If they take anything from you, ask them to mail it to you in an envelope you can get from the gift shop, or airline clubs if you are a member. Address it to your destination, stamp it and mail it. It is wise to travel with a stamped envelope... just in case.
  4. Remove any laptop or similar item before passing through security, as they want to individually inspect these. Do all this ahead to save YOU and those behind you, much time. Do not wait until reaching security check gateway.
  5. Travel with shoes that come on and off easily for shoe inspection.
  6. Film: Do not pack film in checked luggage unless in a special approved pouch. Signs at the airport (too late of course) will warn you about the danger to unexposed, or exposed but not developed film.
  7. Remove and place in your carry-on luggage all large jewelry, watched, belt buckles, pens, glasses, coins, credit cards and other items that might trigger a metal detector. This will speed you through security and keep those behind you in a much better mood.
  8. Do not lock your luggage unless using a TSA approved lock. TSA screens every passenger's baggage before it is placed on an airplane. While technology allows bags to be electronically screened, there are times when it is necessary to physically inspect a piece of luggage. TSA has worked with several companies to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal "master" keys so that the locks may not have to be cut. These locks are available at airports and travel stores nationwide. The packaging on the locks indicates whether they can be opened by TSA.
  9. Remember 3-1-1 for any liquids in your carry-on luggage (see 3-1-1 requirements below). Only take liquids in your carry-on that you may need while in transit. Pack larger volume liquids in your checked luggage.

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin; One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Prescription medications, baby formula and milk (when traveling with an infant or toddler) are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.

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