Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Super Bowl XLVIII



Football on field.
Photo Courtesy of www.goodyearaz.gov
With masses of people expected to travel to and from the New York area for Super Bowl XLVIII, I thought that a few tips on getting in and out of the area as conveniently as possible would help.

Thousands of additional football fans are expected to travel to and from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) this weekend for Super Bowl XLVIII. Arrivals will steadily increase as game day approaches, with the busiest travel days being Friday through Saturday. While the bulk of additional travelers likely will be at EWR, passengers should also plan to see an increase at both JFK and LGA.

The busiest day is expected to be on Monday when football fans begin their journey home. But don’t let the word “busiest” worry you. 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 about 200 additional officers from around the country, including JFK and LGA so we can increase the number of open lanes at the checkpoint at EWR. Speaking of checkpoints, a new four-lane checkpoint just opened at EWR on Monday. 

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 detect them at the airport. Please purchase your libations in New Jersey 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. Read here for information on traveling with alcohol.
  • Propane tanks: Propane tanks contain 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.

Most fans are getting to the stadium via mass transit where TSA officers will be conducting security screening at on the way to the game. So build in an extra few minutes to your travel schedule when headed for the stadium.

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. 

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Bob Burns 
TSA Blog Team  

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bob, regarding the VIPR teams at train stations: what is being done to prevent an attack like what happened in Russia recently, where a suicide bomber simply blew himself up at crowds of passengers waiting in front of the screening checkpoint, killing and maiming scores?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2542732/CCTV-footage-shows-final-moments-Volgograd-station-bomber.html

Anonymous said...

Harassing football fans with unnecessary vipper squads running around NYC is a gross waste of tax dollars.

West, *empty* flasks are allowed, but the post does not make that clear at all.

How much is it costing taxpayers to pay travel bonuses, cover room, food, and transportation for 200 extra screeners to be working in NYC area airports? Is the NFL paying for any of this, or was it part of the deal DHS made with the NFL to impose the ridiculous rules at stadiums?

Screen shot taken. Answers demanded.

RB said...

Why are TSA assets being used for a football game? This event has nothing to do with Transportation and TSA has no authority to do anything in this instance.

Anonymous said...

i think that its outragous that the dhs would think that a major sporting event with worldwide attention with 10000s of Americans in attendance and millions watching at home would think that additional security is necessary... im sure that an event such as the super bowl would not make a good target for an extremist group looking to make the news...
im all for the additional officers as this will help to keep wait times down as the normal staffing at ewr cannot handle this amount of extra travelers
LOVE the answers demanded part

Airlinejobs said...

I do not understand why the this blog which had the opportunity to make a correction from the previos blog on Alcoholic Beverages, (Which this blog references) did not make the correction when they were given the chapter and verse from the regulation in the comment I made a few weeks ago. You cannot bring alcohol on board or in checked baggage in just any sealed container as the blog suggest it must be in UNOPENED RETAIL PACKAGING.
Here is the regulation that all airlines follow again, and no matter what the TSA may let you through with, if your alcohol is not in the UNOPENED RETAIL PACKAGING, they will make you dump it out or deny you boarding.

From 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4)(ii)

(4) Alcoholic beverages containing:

(ii) More than 24% and not more than 70% alcohol by volume when in when in UNOPENED RETAIL PACKAGINGS not exceeding 5 liters (1.3 gallons) carried in carry-on or checked baggage , with a total net quantity per person of 5 liters (1.3) gallons for such beverages. (EMPHASIS MINE)

It should also be noted that if alcholic beverages are carried on, they can only be served to a passenger by a working flight attendant so pouring your own drink with your own alcohol is Illegal, plus it is the policy of many airlines not to serve individuals their own alcohol, because they have no idea what proof it is. Airlines can always choose to be more restrictive than the regulations so they are not violating the regulation by not serving passengers alcohol they brought on board.


GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "Why are TSA assets being used for a football game? This event has nothing to do with Transportation and TSA has no authority to do anything in this instance."

From the post "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."

And "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 about 200 additional officers from around the country, including JFK and LGA so we can increase the number of open lanes at the checkpoint at EWR. Speaking of checkpoints, a new four-lane checkpoint just opened at EWR on Monday."

That means at transportation venues and the airports, which TSA performs security functions at on a regular basis.

West
TSA Blog Team



Anonymous said...

Wow, I just watched that video that anon linked to, from Russia.

It's sure not going to calm me down the next time I'm at an airport checkpoint with 100 people crammed in close together in front of me.

How can I be sure the TSA is ensuring my safety from a suicide bomber waiting on line?!

Anonymous said...

"How can I be sure the TSA is ensuring my safety"

You can always be sure that nothing TSA does is ensuring your safety.

Anonymous said...

Again, why are *federal* tax dollars and personnel being used for *local* (city, county, state) venues? A city subway is NOT a federal jurisdiction.

If NJ and NYC want a sporting event in their area, they should pay for it or charge it back to the event promoter.

Pro sports games draw 10000s people and national TV coverage all the time. Federal tax $ shouldn't be paying their staffing.

Anonymous said...

The FBI has already warned of the threat of "homegrown terrorist" sabotage of the game. All attendees should be thoroughly searched. Any disruptive persons barred from entering or expelled. Suspicious people stopped, searched and detained. Let's get it together this time.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"How can I be sure the TSA is ensuring my safety from a suicide bomber waiting on line?!"

Exactly what some of us have been asking for years. All the TSA really does is move the target from one that's been hardened to one that's much softer. BDOs didn't stop the gunman at LAX. Luckily, he was not a suicide bomber.

Anonymous said...

"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."

As a taxpaying American, I call for a cost-benefit analysis supporting the decision to assign TSA employees to a PRIVATE event at a sports stadium.

Anonymous said...

All this hassle? All the taxpayer money spent on security for very rich people that can afford the tickets to a superbowl. The game should be played without an audience. Played for television and radio only. Without a crowd there is no need for such security and the expense. That would foil all the terrorist's plans.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 7 comments. I guess people have started to catch on to the fact that TSA security is anything but. In the words of one of your own: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/tsa-screener-confession-102912.html

Susan Richart said...

I know it's a waste of keystrokes to ask, but how about a comment on the Politico article by Jason Harrington, former screener.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/tsa-screener-confession-102912.html#superComments

screen shot/DHS OIG

Anonymous said...

LOL, at Anonymous from Jan 29, 5:55pm saying "disruptive people" at a football game should be "barred...or expelled."

This is a football game, not an afternoon tea. The NFL wants wild fans at the game, as long as they are single men.

By the way, West, his comment was posted more than 48 hours from being submitted. The 48 hrs was during the work week.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how TSA will handle NFL players like Aldon Smith who mentioned the word "Bomb" when going through the security check points in the airport.

http://nfldraftdiamonds.com/should-the-niners-release-aldon-smith-after-his-latest-arrest/