Friday, February 1, 2013

Travel Tips for Football Fans Going to Super Bowl XLVII


Super Bowl XLVII banner.50,000 or more additional passengers are expected to travel to and from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) this weekend for Super Bowl XLVII. Arrivals at MSY will steadily increase as game day approaches, with the heaviest travel days being today through Saturday.

The busiest day at MSY will be on Monday when football fans begin their journey home. No worries though… following the big game, TSA will be operating on a 24/7 schedule so passengers can clear security and reach their gates as quickly and securely as possible. We’re also bringing in additional officers so we can double the number of open lanes at the checkpoint.

We thought it might be helpful to put together a little list with some helpful hints related to what football fans might want to know.

 Items you may WANT to bring on the plane; but CAN’T… (Also take a look at our “Can I Bring My…” tool, and permitted/prohibited items list for more info)
  • Air horns: Air horns are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s a compressed can of air which is prohibited, but can you imagine the reaction from passengers if one of those things went off in the cabin?
  • Concealment flasks: We’ve seen them all. Binocular flasks, beer bellies, cell phone flasks, cane flasks, pen flasks, flip-flop flasks, you name it… You may be able to sneak these into concerts and sporting events, but we’ll find them at the airport. Please get your libations in New Orleans if you’re not going to check them in your baggage. You can however have 3.4 oz. or less bottles of approved liquids in a baggie per liquids guidelines.
  • Baltimore Ravens Fans:  If you’re traveling with a live Raven, please alert your airline and check out our page on traveling with pets.
  • San Francisco 49er Fans: Kaepernicking is permissible at the airport; however, gold mining implements such as pick axes and shovels are prohibited in the cabin of the aircraft.
  • Propane tanks: These are a big no-no. I’m a camper, and I know how handy they are for stoves, heaters, coffee makers, etc., but they’re a compressed flammable gas that can’t be brought on the plane at all.
  • Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if gasoline can be smelled, the item won’t be permitted. For propane powered items, see above.
  • Food Items: Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags instead of your carry-on bags to comply with our liquids guidelines: Creamy dips and spreads, BBQ sauce, cheeses, peanut butter, salsa, jams, salad dressings, jellies, maple syrup, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.

Super Bowl fans may encounter TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams on local transportation venues, including commercial and general aviation facilities and mass transit. Teams augment other federal, state, and local transportation and law enforcement to reduce potential terrorist risks to the traveling public. TSA assets will also work with law enforcement at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the high-profile game. Fans are encouraged to report potentially dangerous situations to law enforcement or someone in authority. The Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign reminds the American public that security is a shared responsibility. "If You See Something, Say Something™" used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Let us know how we did by going to our “Super Bowl XLVII Traveler Feedback” page.

Helpful Links:

http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/mobile/index.shtm
http://neworleanssuperbowl.com/
http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/47
http://flymsy.com/SuperBowlXLVII
http://www.neworleanscvb.com/thebiggame/
http://new.nola.gov/city/superbowl/

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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

"TSA assets will also work with law enforcement at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the high-profile game …".

This United States citizen "asset" asks, "Why?". What part of a football stadium involves transportation? TSOs are not LEOs. There is not one good purpose they serve at any sporting event.

Oh, and I'm sure you must be so proud when you tell your children how you're a TSA "asset".

Anonymous said...

Air horns: Air horns are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s a compressed can of air which is prohibited,

So, air is prohibited on planes. Well, sorry to tell you this, but... the plane is full of air!

but can you imagine the reaction from passengers if one of those things went off in the cabin?

The same reaction as if one went off elsewhere- everyone getting the urge to beat the person who used it to a bloody pulp?

Oh, and that still doesn't explain why they can't be in checked baggage- no one can set them off there.

Concealment flasks: We’ve seen them all. Binocular flasks, beer bellies, cell phone flasks, cane flasks, pen flasks, flip-flop flasks, you name it… You may be able to sneak these into concerts and sporting events, but we’ll find them at the airport.

Actually, according to your own rules, bottles (I woudl assume this extends to these kind of containers) may be brough through the checkpoint empty. But why would a TSA employee be familiar with TSA rules?

Propane tanks: These are a big no-no.

Again, the tanks themselves are fine- it's the propane that is 'a no-no'.

Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if gasoline can be smelled, the item won’t be permitted.

So, I'm driving to the airport, and my car breaks down. I raise the hood, fiddle a little and get it running again. At the airport, will I be stopped at the TSA heckpoint because my hands or clothes smell like gasoline?

If 'Yes', then please give me a comprehensive list of what smells are/are not allowed thru the checkpoint.

If 'No', then please answer why some things that smell like gasoline are allowed, while others are not.

Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags instead of your carry-on bags to comply with our liquids guidelines: Creamy dips and spreads, BBQ sauce, cheeses, peanut butter, salsa, jams, salad dressings, jellies, maple syrup, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.

...because peanut butter is a liquid. LOL. And none of these (even if they were explosives) can do any harm if they are in checked baggage!! LOLOL!

Anonymous said...

You left out cupcakes Bob, we already know TSA screeners confiscate those deadly cupcakes.

Why can't I take 12 ounce soda thru security but four 3.4 ounce bottles on the same item is ok?

Anonymous said...

Also remember not to use the full body scanners since, in addition to being innefective, they may cause cancer and involve a person looking at you naked image.

Mike Toreno said...

"Concealment flasks: We’ve seen them all. Binocular flasks, beer bellies, cell phone flasks, cane flasks, pen flasks, flip-flop flasks, you name it… You may be able to sneak these into concerts and sporting events, but we’ll find them at the airport."

You will not. 70% of all guns and bombs that are brought to the checkpoint every week make it through with no problem; there is no reason to suspect that the proportion of bottles that make it through is any smaller.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"Why can't I take 12 ounce soda thru security but four 3.4 ounce bottles on the same item is ok?"

Because, apparently, if a terrorist can make a magic liquid explosive that's stable enough to make it to the airport with, they're still too stupid to be able to combine it after it's been separated into 3.4oz containers.

Anonymous said...

Bob,

Why is TSA employee, TSORon, allowed to insult American citizens in his comments on this government website? You or a team member approved several of his comments in the past day or so.

Check out the last or one of the last approved comments in the previous 3-5 blog posts. You can see he continues his attack of TSA critics in an unprofessional manner.

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Anonymous said...

Why can't I bring a concealment flask through the airport but I can bring an empty water bottle? That makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

On January 31, 2008, the TSA blogging team started this blog. In the first paragraph of their first post they say, "For most people, this is the first chance to reach out directly to TSA and tell us about your experiences and we very much want to hear from you."

I've read through some of the posts and comments from 2008, as well as most posts/comments in 2011 and 2012.

Overall, when considering the major issues addressed in this blog, NOTHING has changed in five years.

A large number of TSA screeners are still being rude to passengers.

TSA screeners are making up rules that do not follow TSA policies or procedures to harass flyers. This includes lying to passengers about what the rules are and how the TSA's publicly available policies are "outdated."

TSA employees are still complaining about passengers in the comments section, though most do so now anonymously. (Well, there's one change for the worse!)

Passengers are still being treated as criminals and terrorists for wanting to get on a plane for business or pleasure.

Many TSA supervisors are not correcting the bad behaviors of their employees. Instead, they are actually supporting and encouraging these behaviors.

False claims about efficiency, "good catches," the "proper procedures being followed" by screeners, etc. fill this blog's pages, rather than actually addressing issues and events that citizens want and need to know and discuss.

I want to emphasize that I truly believe there are some good TSA screeners and supervisors. Unfortunately, for every kindness and less invasive interaction they provide, dozens or hundreds of bad actions by government employees, nay, public servants occur. It isn't that there are no good TSA employees. It is simply the bad overwhelms the good.

It is very disappointing that in the past five years, common courtesy, good employee supervision, less invasive procedures, and some God honest truth has not emerged.

What the TSA fails to realize that organizations are like organisms. They must evolve or they will become extinct. In the case of the TSA, no one believes that will happen because they are confusing the malignant cancer of VIPR teams, mission creep, and more and more shrills calls of "TERRORISM!!!" as growth and evolution. It is neither.

So, TSA Blog Team. The ball is in your court. What are you going to do, starting today, so the next five years is not a continuation of stagnation, lies, anger, and dismantling the Bill of Rights?

Anonymous said...

Air horns: Air horns are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s a compressed can of air which is prohibited,

So, air is prohibited on planes. Well, sorry to tell you this, but... the plane is full of air!

but can you imagine the reaction from passengers if one of those things went off in the cabin?

" The same reaction as if one went off elsewhere- everyone getting the urge to beat the person who used it to a bloody pulp?

Oh, and that still doesn't explain why they can't be in checked baggage- no one can set them off there."
Answer: Compressed Air Canisters, when punctured, can explode.

" Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if gasoline can be smelled, the item won’t be permitted. "
ANSWER: Fumes are explosive.Bob maybe should've used a different term than "Gasoline." Liquid Propane perhaps.

Anonymous said...

http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/TSA-screener-charged-with-assault-harassment-4250263.php

Sounds like a nice guy. Will he be in your next weekly blog … I mean police log?

STAMFORD -- A Transportation Security Administration screener at John F. Kennedy International Airport was arraigned at state Superior Court in Stamford Monday for allegedly striking his 75-year-old mother a day after he was charged with harassing and threatening his psychiatrist.

Anonymous said...

Bob, serious question here.

http://www.wwltv.com/sports/superbowl/Super-Bowl-departures-189630561.html

Look at how crowded the checkpoint lines are ticketing areas are. These are all unscreened passengers, where anyone can mingle. There are more people packed closer together before the checkpoint than there are on most planes.

Two years ago a suicide bomber in the landside of Moscow's airport killed over 30.

What is the TSA doing to mitigate the risk of a suicide bomber before the checkpoint?

TSA checkpoint procedures -- shoe removals, liquids out of bags, AIT -- only slow down the screening (as opposed to just going through a metal detector like pre-TSA) and therefore cause more crowds before the checkpoint. I'm not scared of terrorists when flying, but if I were, I'd be a lot more worried of an attack on the checkpoint line itself than on a plane.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Mystery-Medicine-Bottle-Found-Suitcase-Young-Son-Westchester-Family-JetBlue-TSA-189761241.html

Bob, what procedures are in place to ensure that a TSO cannot be bribed to put contraband into a passenger's suitcase? TSOs have already been arrested for accepting bribes to pass drugs through their checkpoints.

It would seem that the greatest threat to passengers is not fellow passengers but an inside job by TSOs.

I fully expect you to post this question and completely ignore it. I'm sure ignoring serious questions makes your job so much easier, Mr. BUrns.

RB said...

The United States Constitution as amended guarantees free speech.

TSA censors 36% of all comments submitted.

Where does TSA and its employees operating a citizen owned and funded, government operated web blog derive any authority to censor free speech and violate the civil rights of all citizens?

Anonymous said...

http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1143921/hong-kong-international-airports-lesson-polite-security

Yep, the United States is the shining beacon to the world.

@SkyWayManAz said...

RB said:

"The United States Constitution as amended guarantees free speech.

TSA censors 36% of all comments submitted."

There's a lot I'm sure that is not approved for posting that I don't think most of us want to see. Even with captcha I'm sure there are a lot of people promoting their site. Kind of like a former administrator lobbied for the back scatter manufacturer, but I digress.

I will agree that they certainly use very capricious whimsical deletions of otherwise relevant postings at times. The blog owner (if I say his name he might refuse to post this) or his assistants deleted a post I sent earlier. It was a reply to an accusation earlier about rude behavior from a TSA screener using his own name who posts here. I pointed out how the blog owner has engaged in that too. If I say the names though they'll send this post to the delete-o-meter even though the blog owner already outed the names in recent posts and a certain checkpoint picture cropped to remove the screener to protect their identity.

(Fully compliant with blog rules and screenshot taken)

RB said...

@SkyWayManAz said...
RB said:

"The United States Constitution as amended guarantees free speech.

TSA censors 36% of all comments submitted."

There's a lot I'm sure that is not approved for posting that I don't think most of us want to see. Even with captcha I'm sure there are a lot of people promoting their site. Kind of like a former administrator lobbied for the back scatter manufacturer, but I digress.

I will agree that they certainly use very capricious whimsical deletions of otherwise relevant postings at times. The blog owner (if I say his name he might refuse to post this) or his assistants deleted a post I sent earlier. It was a reply to an accusation earlier about rude behavior from a TSA screener using his own name who posts here. I pointed out how the blog owner has engaged in that too. If I say the names though they'll send this post to the delete-o-meter even though the blog owner already outed the names in recent posts and a certain checkpoint picture cropped to remove the screener to protect their identity.

(Fully compliant with blog rules and screenshot taken)

February 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM
.................

First off, We The People, own this blog. Our TAX dollars pay the bills here, not TSA, not Bob, nor anybody else at TSA.

Free Speech is a Constitutional Guarantee. TSA or its employees are not empowered to violate the Constitution and in fact took an OATH to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

Looks to me that TSA and its employees are enemies of the domestic variety.

Anonymous said...

Seems TSA has lost all interest in the TSA Blog accept for self interest agitprop.

Aarin said...

Why is TSA employee, TSORon, allowed to insult American citizens in his comments on this government website? You or a team member approved several of his comments in the past day or so. Michal Zand

Anna Boyle said...

I agree that we can not bring gas stoves there, because it can be smelled. But in case when we really wants to take stoves with us, then we can go with the option of wood Stoves, right?
They are natural means of energy and there would be no problem in it.