TSA Offers Timely Air Travel Reminders

TSA Offers Timely Air Travel Reminders


Vacationers departing for their destinations by air this summer are being reminded by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow plenty of time to go through their airport screening which must be done before heading to their boarding area. To that end, the TSA is asking flight passengers to review current rules information which SayEducate.com is sharing with you here today.

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Passengers should keep in mind a few simple steps to security:

  • Show valid government-issued ID and boarding pass.
  • Take out liquids (in a baggie) and laptops.
  • Take off shoes and jackets.

When approaching the security checkpoint, passengers will be asked to present a boarding pass and government-issued identification – identity matters and TSA needs to validate passenger ID.

Removing footwear for X-ray screening is required. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed the process. Improvised explosive devices remain the primary threat to aircraft and terrorists have concealed items in shoes. X-raying shoes allows TSA to get a closer look. By requiring all passengers to remove shoes for X-ray screening, we increase security.

Remember the 3-1-1 for carrying liquids, gels and aerosols through the checkpoint. 3 ounce bottles or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols placed in a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed separately in a security bin for X-ray screening. This liquid restriction is in place because of the known risk of liquid explosives and applies only to carry-on bags. Larger quantities may be placed in checked baggage.

Stay Alert and Aware. TSA reminds passengers that they can play a role in keeping our nation’s transportation systems safe. An alert and engaged public is one of TSA’s layers of security. TSA encourages the traveling public to report suspicious bags or behavior. By remaining aware of their surroundings, the traveling public can help TSA ensure transportation remains safe and secure.

Handle prohibited items properly. Remember that firearms, ammunition and knives are prohibited at the passenger checkpoint and in the aircraft cabin. All fireworks are explosive materials and are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.

Use Family Lanes. TSA expanded its popular Family Lane concept to every security checkpoint in America in November, 2008. The lanes, part of TSA’s Diamond Self-Select program, allow families, individuals unfamiliar with air travel procedures and travelers with special needs to go through security at their own pace.

Prepare before getting to the airport. Travel tips for parents, persons with special needs and the general public, lists of prohibited items and much more can be found on the TSA Web site at www.tsa.gov. Knowing what to expect makes the process easier for all travelers.

If you haven’t traveled in some time, the TSA rules may take you by surprise. Allow plenty of time before your flight to work your way through TSA security, an important security step required at all US commercial airports.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".