What to Know Before Arriving at the Airport
There are increased passenger and baggage security screenings. Although airports are managed independently, the Transportation Security Administration (ISA) is the federal agency In charge of security at US airports so methods are standardized.
Current luggage check•in procedures.
- Setunty screening of all checked baggage for explosives is now in place at all airports.
- Curbside luggage check-in is often the best way to avoid long front-counter check-in lines. Call your airline to verify that this service is available,
- There Is heightened vigilance for Identifying and confiscating unattended bags. Do not leave bags unattended.
- Bags must be unlocked to allow for possible manual inspection of contents
- Airlines are diligently enforcing checked bag number, size, and weight policies. Call your airline before packing for details!
- You must check your bags yourself, and show your current government-Issued photo identification (driver’s license or passport). Even traveler over the age of 18 must have a photo id.
Understand the airport security process.
- Airport security is serious business and applies to every member of the family, including babies.
- Begin at home with a thorough search of every carry-on item, Including a child’s backpack. No toy guns or knives will be allowed. No sharp objects of any kind or size will be allowed through security checkpoints—Including scissors. corkscrews, multipurpose tools, etc. They will be confiscated. If you want or need these Items at your destination, pack them In your checked luggage. See wwwtsa.gov for a current list of items that are not allowed in canyon baggage.
- Only ticketed passengers holding a valid boarding pass may go through the security checkpoint.
- According to the ISA, passengers on domestic flights are limited to one canyon bag not to exceed 45 linear inches length • width • height). plus one personal Item such as a purse, laptop, or briefcase.
- Airports advise checking your bags to minimize your wait at security checkpoints. The more you carry on. the more time it takes to get through security screening.
- Increased security takes more time, so airlines advise arriving at least 11/2 hours in advance for domestic flights, 2 hours in advance for International flights. Allow more time for peak hours or holiday nava tines are longest at the security checkpoints at peak travel times, so allow even more time.
- Every passenger must pass through airport security and personal items must be scanned. Prepare children for this process so they are not frightened. If you don’t know what to expect, call your airline and ask for details.
Make security checkpoints fast and easy.
In addition to electronic scanning of baggage, security check-point guards will randomly open and check bags. To speed this process:
- Go directly to the security checkpoint. Lines build in seconds, so don’t get taught with too little time to clear security. Use airport services inside the secure area.
- Make bathroom stops before entering the security line. Your family must stay together and the wait may be long.
- Pack a healthy dose of patience plus a book or magazine to pass the waiting time.
Pack carry on bags so contents are easily examined. Use see-through containers to speed hand checking of cosmetics or groups of clothing Fill the main compartment first Packing In every small pocket of a bag can require additional screening time, so use those only as a last resort .
- Move through the screening equipment, now set to lower tolerances, as quickly as possible. Empty pockets of unnecessary coins or keys, avoid large metal belt buckles or jewelry, and leave extra jewelry at home or pack it In a checked bag. Place your wallet and jewelry in a canyon when passing through the screening station so they will be X-rayed.
- Pack undeveloped film In any-on bags only as placing in checked baggage may result in damage from screening
- Be ready to remove your shoes and coat and pass them through the screening machine. You may also be subjected to hand-held metal detector wand searches and pat downs.
- Check for all your belongings before leaving the screening area! Wallets, keys and coins, jewelry, cell phones—even laptops — arc often forgotten.
Anonymize Screening Time
- Pare down by packing metal Items in a checked bag or placing them in your carry-on Scanning equipment reads a total of the metal on you. Metal buttons, uppers, hair accessories, and shoe fittings and shanks may add up to wand and pat-down searches.
- Don’t wear a bra with an underwire to avoid wand and hand pat-down searches. Limit electronic equipment (cell phones, CD players, pagers, games, etc.) and place those you must take in your carry-on bag. You may be asked to prove that they work, so have batteries installed.
- Remove laptops from bag for X-raying separately.
- Don’t wrap gifts as they may be searched, and confiscated. Pack In a checked bag or plan to wrap upon arrival.