Thursday, January 29, 2015

TSA Super Bowl XLIX Travel Tips



Travel tips chart from PHX airport.
It’s come down to the Patriots and the Seahawks battling it out on the gridiron for the title of Super Bowl Champions! While most watch the game on TV, many are fortunate enough to go to the actual game. So, if you’re traveling to Phoenix for Super Bowl XLIX, this post is for you!

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) ranked as the 15th busiest airport for passengers screened in 2014. On an average weekday, TSA screens 40,000 travelers through the PHX security checkpoint lanes, and 80,000 are expected to travel through PHX the day after the Super Bowl. In addition to the Super Bowl, a major PGA golf tournament will wrap up on Sunday, so there will be an influx of golf and football fans flying out on Monday. To ensure a smooth flow through the checkpoint, TSA is deploying 90 additional screening officers and increasing the number of checkpoint lanes.

Items you can’t bring on the plane… (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. 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 drinks in Phoenix if you’re not going to check them in your baggage. You can, however, have liquids in bottles 3.4 ounces or smaller, placed in a quart-size plastic bag, 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 in carry-on or checked baggage.
  • Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if there are traces of gasoline, 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.
Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operations will be held at several transportation locations in and around the Phoenix area and will serve to detect and deter suspicious activity that may pose as a threat to the traveling public. Watch this video to learn more about the many moving parts of a VIPR operation. 

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 us that security is a shared responsibility. “If You See Something, Say Something™” used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

In addition to our tips, be sure to read some helpful information from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: PhoenixSky Harbor to Welcome Record Number of Super Bowl XLIX Visitors AirportOffering Travel Tips.

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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't see any instructions for when I should go the bathroom.

How dare the TSA try to tell me when I should check out of a hotel and return my rental car! That's really overstepping your bounds.

TSAWatch said...

Why would a cheese such as a cheddar not be allowed in carry on baggage?

It is firm enough to require cutting. Holds it shape.

Some slices of cheddar and some crackers could be eaten during flight for those who don't have meals served.

Anonymous said...

I assume these are the same VIPR squads who helped lead to the intense pre-checkpoint crowding at Secaucus last year that would have been any suicide bomber's dream attack venue?

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Super-Bowl-Transit-Train-Problems-Crowds-MetLife-243249801.html

RB said...

Based on the timeline provided it appears that TSA can't screen people without a significant amount of time lost to just waiting. Thought TSA was bragging recently about waits of less than 20 minutes which are quiet frankly about 15 minutes to long. Perhaps fewer TSA screeners standing around doing nothing would help the excessive wait times.

AirRifle said...

Great infomation

Anonymous said...

ROTF! Check out of hotel FIVE HOURS before flight?! Waste an HOUR between checking in and going to the stupid screening area?

You do realize that some air carriers won't let you check in that early? LOL!

If they do, better to check in quickly and head to the ridiculously slow screening area three hours early. Are your screeners planning any work slow downs? Will screeners give fans of the team they don't support retaliatory gropes, searches, and thefts?

Will the screeners unnecessarily searching our checked luggage be spilling all of those foodstuffs on the clothes of fans of the team they don't support?

There is no need to be at the gate an HOUR before the flight. Better for passengers to check with their air carrier and printed ticket than listen to the TSA.

@SkyWayManAz said...

Anonymous said:
"I don't see any instructions for when I should go the bathroom."

Please, please, please do not give them any ideas :)

Seriously though to be fair those guidelines came from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. TSA is merely passing them along. Sky Harbor has been dealing with Super Bowl fan stampedes since before TSA was around. I'm sure they're trying to take TSA bumbling and incompetence into consideration dealing with the increased passenger traffic.

Anonymous said...

How many vipper squads will be at the stadium?

Susan Richart said...

"Seriously though to be fair those guidelines came from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport."

It is, however, the government, in this case the City of Phoenix, telling you what to do and when to do it.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
ROTF! Check out of hotel FIVE HOURS before flight?! Waste an HOUR between checking in and going to the stupid screening area?

There is no need to be at the gate an HOUR before the flight. Better for passengers to check with their air carrier and printed ticket than listen to the TSA.

January 31, 2015 at 8:06 AM
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ROTF! When you miss your flight!
An hour is NOT early to be at your gate. Most flights board AT LEAST 20-30 minutes before takeoff. Allowing for up to a 20 minute avg. wait time (TSA High-end guesstimate) that leaves you about 10 minutes to spare. Really want to cut it that close? Be my guest.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I don't see any instructions for when I should go the bathroom.

How dare the TSA try to tell me when I should check out of a hotel and return my rental car! That's really overstepping your bounds."

Steve says...
People are idiots. No one has ever suggested that you follow a guideline? Thats all it is. Ignore it and miss your flight, potentially. Safe travels!

Anonymous said...

What kind of deal did TSA and DHS give the NFL on the taxpayer dime? According to your boss' boss, Sec. Johnson, there were no credible or specific threats against the Super Bowl or surrounding events. Is the NFL reimbursing the gov't for acting like their private security?

Top Sec. Johnson's statement with the fact that stadiums haven't been attacked in this country by terrorists, or really anybody, and the actual statistical chance of a "bad guy" wanting, planning, being able to, and fully accomplishing such an attack leads to the logical conclusion that our tax dollars were wasted by the feds swarming *city* and *state* transport hubs.

How many V.I.P.R. or I.I.P.R. (Invisible Intermodal blahblahblah) TSA or DHS employees were at the stadium and its confines, wasting additional tax dollars?

How many terrorists did you catch?

Dave said...

If peanut butter is not allowed in carry on does that mean a sandwich with peanut butter is not allowed?

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense. now you're even allowing college kids (kaydets) to endure more reasonable screening, but those who served and sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!!

Anonymous said...

some additional suggestions for TSA to make SuperBowl travel and security experience as convenient as possible:

1) eliminate TSA and return to pre-911 screening. the TSA makes things no more secure, and arguably less secure, since the last red team results made available to the public indicate that TSA is allowing 70% of prohibited items through, as opposed to 60% or lower in testing of the old systems. in addition, the 911 attacks focused on 2 gaps in security: unsecured cockpit doors, and the training of flight crews and passengers to be compliant. both of those are now corrected - no one is going to take over an airliner with a penknife.

2) full and total transparency of all DHS and TSA regulations, rules, procedures, and watch/no-fly lists, as well as public comment periods for new rules, and an independent appeal process for those placed on no fly or terrorist watch lists (as ordered by the federal courts).

3) eliminate the Pre-Bribe, er, Pre-Check program. it is a waste of taxpayer dollars as well as flat out insulting to be required to pay to have a background check done in order to be screened in a semi-sane way, when I hold a security clearance and a concealed weapons permit, both of which require a more thorough background check than TSA is likely to do.

4) eliminate ID requirements. it is unConstitutional (freedom to travel domestically is not guaranteed only if the govt can ID you), and it contributes nothing to security. what does it matter if you know my name, if I am carrying a bomb? why is my name any damn business of yours if I am not carrying a bomb or
intending some kind of threat?

Anonymous said...

How many V.I.P.R. or I.I.P.R. (Invisible Intermodal blahblahblah) TSA or DHS employees were at the stadium and its confines, wasting additional tax dollars?

How many terrorists did you catch?
Why do mindless nay-sayers assume you have to "catch" a terrorist to be effective? Doesnt prevention count for anything? The real question should be, how many has TSA prevented..All of them. How many were successful on TSA's watch? None of them. Can TSA be credited for all of them? Who knows. But anyone with an ounce of intellegents knows terrorists are out there. We see them attacking outside of the US almost weekly.

Anonymous said...

Please provide proof that VIPR operations at a stadium are (a) effective and (b) consistent with TSA's mission.

I would not be surprised to discover that TSA monitors bathrooms, as they have no qualms about what is more or less the generation of images of travelers' naked bodies. (Remember that remote viewing booths and the demand that led to installation of the privacy filters?) Then again, TSA doesn't monitor airport employee/vendor access worth anything (see the Delta gun smuggling operation), so maybe TSA ignores bathrooms, too.

Anonymous said...

Anon said: What kind of deal did TSA and DHS give the NFL on the taxpayer dime? According to your boss' boss, Sec. Johnson, there were no credible or specific threats against the Super Bowl or surrounding events. Is the NFL reimbursing the gov't for acting like their private security?

Top Sec. Johnson's statement with the fact that stadiums haven't been attacked in this country by terrorists, or really anybody, and the actual statistical chance of a "bad guy" wanting, planning, being able to, and fully accomplishing such an attack leads to the logical conclusion that our tax dollars were wasted


Funny how you think. You know that there has never been an attack at a major event where lots of people attend like a race, oh wait, what about the Boston Marathon?? Do you actually need something to happen somewhere specific before precautions are taken? This is the world we live in because of some bad people wanting to do harm.

Hal said...

Hi Dave, my nonTSA response is peanut butter sandwiches are allowed until you encounter a screener who is hungry or decides it is a weapon.

It should be allowed, without question or risk of confiscation, but too many screeners are given too much leniency for lunacy.

Anonymous said...

"You know that there has never been an attack at a major event where lots of people attend like a race, oh wait, what about the Boston Marathon?? Do you actually need something to happen somewhere specific before precautions are taken? This is the world we live in because of some bad people wanting to do harm."

What does the Boston Marathon have to do with TSA's transportation safety mission??? How was it TSA's job to stop that? Didn't the government agency that is ACTUALLY responsible for preventing such events have the bombers on its radar well before the bombing?

And do you think TSA critics actually wish there to be NO precautions? That is a silly strawman premise on your part. It seems you cannot make a REAL argument.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...But anyone with an ounce of intellegents knows terrorists are out there. We see them attacking outside of the US almost weekly.

Really?

The TSA is the reason we don't have weekly terrorist attacks in the US?

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Jonson richard said...

Great infomation.
Thank you so much