The Transportation Security Administration today urged Spring Break travelers to play a role in airport security by following a few easy travel tips.
With hundreds of thousands of air travelers - many of them from college campuses - enjoying the ritual of Spring Break, it's hard to overemphasize the importance these tips can have in making the airport security experience smooth and safe. Check www.TSATravelTips.us for a wide range of helpful suggestions from the Transportation Security Administration.
"We want to help make everyone's Spring Break as enjoyable as possible," said Adm. James M. Loy, the TSA's Administrator. "But the first priority - for everyone - is security. Particularly with a lot of people taking international flights, having travelers' cooperation will facilitate security screening, and be appreciated by all of us at TSA."
"Arrive Early" - Many airlines are requiring bags to be checked 30 minutes to an hour before the flight is to depart. Check with the airline on recommended arrival times.
"Dress the Part" - Travelers can expedite passage through the passenger security checkpoint by avoiding clothing and accessories that may set off the metal detector alarm.
"Pack Smart" - Travelers should think about how and what they pack and review TSA's permitted and prohibited list carefully. Some items may be placed in the checked-baggage, but not carry-on. Other items like film should only be placed in carry-on luggage to prevent damage from baggage screening machines. Avoid putting food or stacking books in checked luggage, put footwear on top of other contents where it is readily accessible for screeners, and put personal items like a toothbrush in a clear plastic bag so screeners do not have to handle them.
"Wrap on Arrival" - If travelers are taking gifts or bringing them home, they should wrap upon arrival at their destinations, or ship the packages in advance. Wrapped gifts in both checked and carry-on baggage may need to be opened if further inspection is required.
"In/Out/Off - Simple Tips to Speed Your Trip" - When approaching the passenger security checkpoint, travelers should place all metal objects IN their carry-on bag, take their laptop computer OUT of its carrying case, and take OFF outer coats or jackets (does not include suit jackets).
To report problems or make general comments travelers can call TSA's Consumer Response Center toll-free at 1-866-289-9673 or e-email TellTSA@tsa.dot.gov