Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Super Bowl XLVIII



Football on field.
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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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