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TSA Offers Holiday Travelers Important Guidelines


New York, Dec 22, 2006

A record number of travelers are expected to crowd onto roads and airplanes this Christmas holiday to reconnect with friends and family. According to a survey by the Travel Industry Association and the AAA, about 65 million people plan to travel between December 23 and January 2, surpassing last year’s all-time record. To help airline passengers pass through busy security checkpoints smoothly and quickly, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers the following holiday-specific travel tips:

Remember the 3-1-1 for carry-on luggage
TSA’s 3-1-1 rule on air travel is designed to help passengers remember new federal requirements on liquids, gels and aerosols:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers three ounces or less;
  • Items must be put in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag; and
  • Only one zip-top bag per passenger.

The 3-1-1 rule isn’t just about shampoo and toothpaste. This also applies to gift items such as lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes that are in excess of three ounces—including those that are in sealed gift packs. TSA suggests shipping these items prior to flying or putting them in checked baggage.

These items will be allowed on the plane if you purchase them after the security checkpoint. TSA allows liquid items purchased after the checkpoint onto planes because these items have been previously screened.

Know what items are prohibited on planes
A gift you plan to bring in your carry-on bag might be on TSA’s prohibited item list. These items delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you’re not sure which items are allowed, click here to see the list of prohibited items.

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.

Arrive on time
Check with your carrier for suggested arrival times. You must have a boarding pass and valid government photo ID to enter the security checkpoint. Give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security.

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. Shoes must be removed and screened by TSA, so wear shoes you can easily take on and off to speed the process.

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