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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TSA Week in Review: Loaded Pistol Discovered With Advanced Imaging Technology at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)



Passenger with Loaded Pistol at DFW – Using imaging technology, a .380 pistol loaded with seven rounds and one chambered was discovered in the pocket of a passenger at DFW. After resisting arrest, the Dallas/Fort Worth Department of Public Safety arrested him on a state charge.

 

23 Firearms Discovered This Week – 18 of those firearms were loaded and seven had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.  

 

2 loaded firearms.

Suspicious Image At PHL – An ominous image was discovered on the X-ray monitor at Philadelphia (PHL). It appeared to be a possible pipe bomb. While screening the bag, the passenger became upset and stated: “I can bring a bomb through here any day I want and you will never find it.” The item ended up being a GPS watch inside a PVC pipe with two end caps. Philadelphia Police responded and arrested him on a state charge. 

An ominous image was discovered on the X-ray monitor at Philadelphia (PHL). It appeared to be a possible pipe bomb. While screening the bag, the passenger became upset and stated: “I can bring a bomb through here any day I want and you will never find it.” The item ended up being a GPS watch inside a PVC pipe with two end caps. Philadelphia Police responded and arrested him on a state charge.

 Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to check your bags prior to traveling. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places. 

 

A knife concealed within an ink pen was discovered in a carry-on bag at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).

  • A knife concealed within an ink pen was discovered in a carry-on bag at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).

  • A knife was discovered concealed in the lining of a carry-on bag at Columbus, Ohio (CMH).


Thirteen Batons – Thirteen 20” expandable batons were discovered in a carry-on bag at Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA).

 

Thirteen 20” expandable batons were discovered in a carry-on bag at Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA). 
Stun gun.

Stun Guns –10 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: Three at Atlanta (ATL), two at Denver (DEN), two at San Francisco (SFO), and one each at Burbank (BUR), Detroit (DTW), and San Diego (SAN).

 


Finger knives, brush dagger, gun shaped knife, mace gun, shotgun shells.

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things -- to mention a few… 



4 loaded firearms.

23 guns discovered, of those, 18 were loaded.
You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.  

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates.


If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012.

 


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