Monday, April 14, 2008

TSA Recommendations

TSA would like to help you get through the security checkpoint quickly and have a safe flight to your destination. Our Transportation Security Officers will be working around the clock to provide an efficient security process. We're asking you to become an active partner in your security experience by knowing the rules and carefully packing your carry-on bags.

Pack smart to get through faster. Keep luggage organized by layering items; this will increase visibility for the security officers. When approaching the checkpoint, be prepared. Boarding pass and ID should be ready for inspection, outer garments and shoes must come off, any loose metal items should be placed in your carry-on, and all liquids must come out of bags. All liquids must be kept in the 3-1-1 format unless needed for special medical purposes.

Also here are other tips:

  • Arrive on time. Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check with your carrier. A boarding pass and valid government photo ID are required to enter the security checkpoint. Remember to give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security.
  • Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a package they may have to unwrap your gift. Please wait to wrap gifts until you're at your destination.
  • Pets. Please remove all animals from their carrying cases and send the case through the X-ray machine. Hold your pet in your arms and proceed through the metal detector.
  • Children. Please take your infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector with you. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse your stroller before you get to the metal detector.
  • Dress the part. Metal in your clothing may set off the screening machines. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Remember that all shoes must be removed and placed in bins. Passengers also need to remove winter coats, blazers, suit coats and bulky sweaters.
  • Film. Undeveloped film should go in your carry-on bag. Declare film that is faster than 800-speed to a security officer for physical inspection to avoid being X-rayed.
  • When in doubt, leave it out. 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 TSA's Web site for a complete list: Permitted and Prohibited Items.
  • Think before you speak. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing your flight. Local law enforcement may be called as necessary.

 

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cleared for Takeoff as of August 4, 2007

In an effort to concentrate resources on detecting explosive threats, TSA will no longer ban common lighters in carry-on luggage as of August 4, 2007.  Torch lighters remain banned in carry-on.  Torch lighter create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter and more intense than those from common lighters. The common lighter does not have to be in your baggie even though it does contain liquid.

 

TSA is also modifying the rules associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints.  Mothers flying with, and now without, their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.  Breast milk is in the same category as liquid medications.  Now, a mother flying without her child will be able to bring breast milk through the checkpoint, provided it is declared prior to screening.

 

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Great Travel Tips

Things to remember while traveling with a tour group: If you have an international cell phone, you can program the tour director’s and the hotel’s phone numbers. This way you can do your own thing without getting lost. Your tour director is only a phone call away. For example if you were lost and could not communicate with the taxi driver, you can call the hotel and hand the phone to the taxi driver, who could get the directions from someone in the same language. Purchase roll-up vacuum packing bags which have a line of one-way valves that bleed out the air so your clothes now take up about 25 percent of your luggage space. These don't require a vacuum-cleaner hose! This means you can travel with fewer and smaller bags, which is WAY more convenient, or travel with normal bags and have WAY more room for SHOPPING!

Purchase oversized combination luggage locks that can be opened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspectors at airports, so you don't need to unlock your luggage for US air travel. The oversized locks are especially nice because they have a slot for a business card. They can be purchased at www.travelsmith.com for $19.75

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tips to Remember for Holiday Travel

Remember 3-1-1 to make you trip better. 

3 ounce bottle or less of liquid, 1 quart-sized clear plastic zip-top bag and 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

One quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.  3 ounce 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 check point 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 are allowed in quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag.  Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Moving through security.  Before moving through the x-ray, you will need to remove your shoes and coats or jackets and place them in bins to be screened separately.

Come early and be patient.  Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.  During peak holiday times, you should arrive at any major airport 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure (1-1/2 hours for smaller airports).


 
 

Thursday, November 02, 2006

WTC Blog

Please join us for Cruise Quest 2006.  It will be held Sunday, November 12th from 1PM to 4PM at the Courtyard by Marriott Salina, located near the intersection of Schilling Rd and South 9th Street.  Come enjoy cruise presentations by representatives from Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruises.  And they’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about a particular cruise, or about cruising in general.  There will be door prizes and special booking incentives.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

WTC BLOG

We have added a new feature to our website.  A travel blog will allow us to keep you posted on travel news, specials, restrictions and opportunities.  Case in point, effective today TSA has changed the carry on baggage restrictions.  There are two major changes:

  1. Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag.
  2. After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.

Please see http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/9-25_updated_passenger_guidance.shtm for specifics on what’s now required.