VMS-Washington Travel Tips – TSA Travel Tips

Posted: 6 March, 2012 in Travel
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VMS-Washington – TSA Travel Tips

The Screening Experience

Everyone who travels by air goes through airport security checkpoints. These checkpoints are operated by Transportation Security Officers from the Transportation Security Administration.

The checkpoints are there to make sure that terrorists can not bring anything aboard a plane that would enable them to take it over or destroy it. These are called “prohibited items” and cannot be brought to a checkpoint, into the secure area of an airport, or aboard an aircraft.

Not only do all passengers go through checkpoints, their checked baggage is also screened. This may happen out of passengers’ view depending on the physical configuration at each airport.

It is a good idea to prepare before arriving at the airport so that passengers move more quickly and efficiently through the security process. Here are some suggestions to help make the process as smooth as possible.

Dress The Part

There is no particular style or type of clothing that passengers should wear from a security point of view. Passengers are permitted to wear head coverings and religious garmentsduring the screening process. Passengers may be directed to additional screening if their clothing (religious or otherwise) is loose fitting or large enough to hide prohibited items.

In addition, certain clothing and accessories can set off an alarm during metal detector detector or advanced imaging technology screening and slow passengers down. Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling through the security checkpoints:

  • Heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links, lanyards or bolo ties)
  • Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs
  • Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration
  • Belt buckles
  • Under-wire bras
  • Hidden items such as body piercings may result in additional screening, including a pat-down. If selected for additional screening, passengers may ask to remove their body piercing in private.
  • Take metal items such as keys, loose change, mobile phones, pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs) out of pockets and place in your carry-on baggage before going through security.
  • Pack all coats and jackets in baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. These include, but are not limited to, trench coats, heavy winter coats, suit jackets, sport coats and blazers. Passengers who choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpointwill need to either place it in carry-on baggage or put it in the bin.

Individuals are permitted to wear disposable footwear during the screening process. The disposable footwear may be removed and placed into the individual’s accessible property prior to exiting the screening checkpoint. . In addition, TSA recently implemented modified screening procedures for certain eligible frequent flyers and for passengers 12 and under.

Gel-filled bras are permitted through security screening and aboard aircraft.

TSA Security Officers have to resolve any alarms that are detected at the checkpoint. Passengers who alarm during security screening will need additional screening, which could include a thorough pat-down.

Passengers can reduce the chance that they will need additional screening by removing all items from pockets – including metallic and non-metallic items such as keys, wallets, and jewelry –and placing in bins prior to being screened.

What Passengers Need

We encourage each adult traveler to keep his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID available until exiting the security checkpoint (children are not required to show identification). The absence of proper identification will result in additional screening.

TSA encourages travels to remember 3 simple steps to security:

  • Have ID out
  • Coats & Shoes off
  • Laptop and 3-1-1 bag out

The absence of proper identification will result in additional screening. Children under 18 are not required to show identification.

Individuals who are accompanying passengers, such as a child or traveler with medical conditions, through the security checkpoint but are not flying should check with the airline for required documentation.

Do Passengers Need To Remove Their Shoes?

As part of TSA’s risk-based, intelligence-drive approach to security, TSA recently implemented modified checkpoint screening procedures for certain passengers, including kids 12 and under and eligible frequent flyers, which may enable them to leave their shoes on during checkpoint screening.

All other passengers are still required to remove their shoes before being screened by a walk-through metal detector or advanced imaging technology. This includes all types of footwear.

TSA has determined that concealed prohibited and/or dangerous items in footwear remains a serious threat to aviation security. Transportation Security Officers will ask passengers to remove their shoes before entering the metal detector or advanced imaging technology machine. Passengers who do not comply with the request and do not remove their shoes prior to being screened will not be able to board their flight.

Ensure A Simple Screening Experience

TSA recommends that passengers remove all items from pockets – including metallic and non-metallic items such as keys, loose change, and cells phones – and place them in carry-on baggage prior to being screened. Doing so will help passengers avoid the chance of needing additional screening and get through security more quickly. Passengers should also try to avoid wearing anything with metal, clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal such as, heavy jewelry, or clothing with metal buttons or snaps.

Pack coats and jackets in baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. Passengers who choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpoint will need to either pack it in carry-on baggage or put it in a bin.

Passengers with concealed or  hidden items such as body piercings may alarm during screening and require additional screening. Passengers selected for additional screening may always request private screening.

Travel Tips For A Hassle-Free Screening Experience

TSA encourages travels to remember 3 simple steps to security:

  • Have ID out
  • Coats & Shoes off
  • Laptop and 3-1-1 bag out

Items purchased in the secure boarding area are for use on the immediate flight. Passengers who must leave the secure boarding area and re-enter through the screening checkpoint will not be permitted to carry liquids in quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml).

Liquid explosives remain a threat to aviation security, which is why 3-1-1 rules for liquids remain in effect.

Passengers who are prepared for security screening at the checkpoint will help streamline the process for themselves and for other travelers.

Know What To Expect

Passengers who are prepared for security screening at the checkpoint will help streamline the process for themselves and for other travelers. Select a video to help you understand the screening process.

PeterPan Travels Bonus Tips:

-Arrive for Domestic Flights 2 hours in advance
-Arrive for International Flights 3 hours in advance
-Wear flip-flops and loose clothing
-Hang ID, Passport (if needed) and Ticket around neck for easy access
-Carry a pillow or a neck pillow so you can be comfortable during the flight
-Bring snacks and food for long flights
-Bring headphones and or Ipod to listen to music during flight
-Carry a days clothing and supplies in a backpack in case your bags are lost
-Wait till the last minute to get on the plane since you’ll be on the flight for a while
-Remember the flight attendant is here to help you and be nice to them, you get more with please and thank you’s.

Thank you,

VMS-Washington

http://www.vms-washington.com

Comments
  1. ....RaeDi says:

    While in Phoenix a few years back I watched this man go through security several times and even have a pat down and still the alarm would go off, finally they found a cigarette wrapper pull, the thing you pull to open the cigarette’s pack in his pocket… it was what was sounding the alarm. They were getting ready to go a body search on this poor man. You never know what well set the alarm off!

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