Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TSA Travel Tips: Memorial Day & Summer Travel 2015



Military Cemetery
Photo Courtesy of VA
While Memorial Day is seen by many as the official start of summer, there is more to May 25th than pool openings and cookouts. Have fun with your families and friends, and please remember to pause and reflect on those who have fought and died for our nation. Read about the history of Memorial Day.

TSA Checkpoint

TSA screens nearly 2 million passengers each day at nearly 440 airports nationwide. During major holidays, including the Memorial Day travel period, TSA sees a spike in the number of passengers screened at airport checkpoints across the country. According to the AAA, airports and airlines anticipate 2.6 million air travelers nationwide during this holiday period, a 2.5 percent increase from 2014.

Passenger preparedness can have a significant impact on wait times at security checkpoints nationwide.

In order to help travelers prepare and plan ahead for the busy summer travel season, we’ve put together some travel tips that will help you glide through security.  

TSA Precheck Logo
TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 complaint liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select screening lanes. TSA has also opened more than 330 application centers nationwide, allowing more U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the opportunity to apply for TSA Pre✓®. Pre-enroll online today.  

Military Seals
TSA Pre✓® for U.S. Armed Forces: TSA offers TSA Pre✓® expedited screening to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Cadets and midshipmen of the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Air Force Academy are also eligible to receive TSA Pre✓® screening benefits. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well. To participate, enter the DoD ID number in the known traveler number field while making flight reservations. Learn about the requirements and additional screening information. If you’re traveling this summer as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, read this post for tips to ease your travel.

Know before you go: TSA’s summer travel page provides useful information to help ease travel through the airport security checkpoints this season.

Prepare for security: Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out and remove large electronics including laptops and the 3-1-1 compliant liquids bag, from carry-on baggage.

TSA Recognized Locks: Read about TSA recognized locks when locking your checked bags.

Liquids in baggie.
Liquids, Gels & Aerosols: If you’re checking a bag, make things simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rules. If you’re concerned about them leaking, do what I do and put them in a zip-top bag. If you only travel with a carry-on, read about the 3-1-1 liquids rule: each passenger is allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or less sized containers that will fit in one sealed clear quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person.  Make sure you take the zip-top bag out of your carry-on prior to sending it through the X-ray.

Here is some information on frequently asked liquid, aerosol and gel items:

  • Deodorant: Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz. or less, but gel or spray deodorant is.
  • Powdered Toothpaste: This is fine in both checked and carry-on bags and does not apply to the 3-1-1 rules.
  • Suntan & Sun Block Lotion: Lotions – both pump and aerosol - fall under the procedures that I mentioned above. Sun block sticks do not fall under this rule.
  • Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer, and all of your favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz. or less bottles in your carry-on bags in the baggie.
  • Gel Inserts for shoes are now permitted.
  • Foods: Here is a list of foods that should be placed in your checked bags or shipped: creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, dressings), jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces and soups. 



Prohibited Items. Swords, knives, etc.
Check for prohibited items: Use the “Can I bring my…” tool to check what items are allowed/ not allowed in carry–on and checked luggage. Smartphone users can easily download the “My TSA” app to quickly find helpful information about TSA policies and procedures.

Traveling With Children: Did you know that children 12 and under can keep their shoes on? If you’re going on a family trip this summer, be sure to read more tips on traveling with children.


Forgotten or Lost IDs: If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you will still be permitted to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions. Read about how you may travel without an ID.   

Camping Gear
Camping, Backpacking, or Fishing: If you’re heading to the great outdoors, be sure to check out this post for tips on traveling with camping and fishing gear.

Lose Something? Contact the TSA lost & found at your airport here


Dog being removed from pet carrier. Traveling With a Pet: TSA does not prohibit travel with pets. However, it is very important that you contact your airline first so they can let you know about any requirements, fees, or restrictions they might have. Read about traveling with your pet.

 

Shaving Razors: What kinds of razors can you pack in your carry-on? Read which razors can travel.  

Medication
Medication: One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication.” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers. Read about traveling with your meds.

Dry Ice: Did you know that you can take dry ice in your carry-on or in checked baggage? Read here to find out how to use dry ice to keep your favorite vittles preserved while traveling.


Scuba Diving: Traveling with diving gear this summer? Read this post from our resident diving expert for tips and travel information.

Jewelry: Should you remove jewelry or keep it on to go through security? In most cases you can keep it on, but there are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is. Read this post for more information. 


Various sporting goods.
Sporting Goods: Golf clubs, baseball bats (including the mini slugger bats), cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, scuba knives, spear guns, etc. are all prohibited from being carried onto the plane. However, you can place them in your checked baggage.

Insect Repellents – They are permitted in your carry-on bags and checked baggage. The liquid limits apply when carrying these in your carry-on bags.

TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

Contact us at the TSA Contact Center with questions about procedures, upcoming travel and to provide feedback. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Eastern Time; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Eastern Time. 


Have a great summer!!! 

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team


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46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is "PreCheck" not the default level of screening for all passengers, not just the elite, wealthy, and lucky few?

Anonymous said...

You're linking to posts that have not been updated for up to five years.

Well, at least the links work in this post. That's an improvement over last year's cut/paste job.

Anonymous said...

Will acting admin Melvin Carraway be writing up a post in response to this latest TSA failure?

Yahoo News: Fourteen charged with smuggling drugs through Oakland airport
http://news.yahoo.com/fourteen-charged-smuggling-drugs-u-airports-003516222.html

LA Times: Southwest Airlines baggage handlers smuggle drugs through Oakland http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-baggage-handlers-drugs-oakland-airport-20150518-story.html

Anonymous said...

Best travel tip? DON'T FLY!! Unless, of course, you relish invasive body scans, being groped, having your private possessions rifled, standing in long lines, sitting in pint-size seats for hours, being spoken to condescendingly and rudely, paying extra for checked luggage, and being subjected to all manner of behavior to indicate that you are under suspicion of some nefarious conspiracy. Then, by all means, shoehorn yourself into one of those airborne sardine cans.

Anonymous said...

TSA blog team: Why haven't you been promoting two Federal Register public comment periods for TSA initiatives?

Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-10526

Extension of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Program https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-11506

Anonymous said...

It seems like a lot of sunscreens come in 6 6 oz bottles. These bottles will easily fit inside a quart size bag. Why is a 6 oz bottle not permitted, yet two 3 oz bottles are acceptable? The same volume of liquid will be carried through the checkpoint. The quart bag limits the total amount of liquid that can be transported. It shouldn't matter if someone wants to bring one large bottle or several small bottles for their liquid allowance.

Anonymous said...

"...TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 complaint liquids/gels bag in a carry-on"

Proving exactly how ineffective the 'security' provided by TSA really is. Someone who pays $85 and offers up a bunch of personal information is somehow less of a risk than someone who doesn't pay the money and offer up their personal information. And then to keep the lines shorter in busy airports a magic ipad app which randomly displays an arrow will divert some people to the pre-check lane who don't have pre-check. If you can randomly let people into the lighter security line then that lighter level of security should be the standard for all travelers.

"....Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out "

Why? You are only looking to see if the name matches the ticket. You don't have anyway to verify it is a valid ticket or a valid id. What does this part of the process accomplish other than employ more TSA Agents?

"... each passenger is allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or less sized containers that will fit in one sealed clear quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person. Make sure you take the zip-top bag out of your carry-on prior to sending it through the X-ray."

Again. Still. How is a bag full of 3 ounce containers of liquid safe but one single container of liquid isn't? And what could possibly show up on the x-ray or do you use some kind of special tsa x-ray that can detect the difference between vodka and water?

Anonymous said...

My wife and I have started driveling and stopped taking the plane. We love it and it is more enjoyable than dealing with the TSA. This year we are driving to Florida for a two weeks’ vacation. Once you get use to driving you will enjoy it and never want to fly again. Try it, you will love. Best part, no TSA.

RB said...

So if I want a suitcase full of drugs to go on the plane all I need is a baggage handler to go around TSA security and pass them off once I clear security, right TSA?

At least that's how it works at Oakland.

http://news.yahoo.com/fourteen-charged-smuggling-drugs-u-airports-003516222.html

Imagine, a baggage handler can defeat every layer of TSA security without doing anything.

Are you feeling safe now Sheeple?

Anonymous said...

some additional suggestions for TSA to make our summer 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. if I hold a security clearance and a concealed weapons permit, the federal and state governments have already paid for or charged me for, a background check. why does TSA require this wasteful duplication???

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...

What? This has ben posted for almost 24 hours now and no rediculous cut and paste comments from the peanut gallery of experts? You guys are slacking...

Anonymous said...

Why only 2 or 3 comments posted within the past several days on the two threads below this one? Where's West?

RB said...

Anonymous said...
It seems like a lot of sunscreens come in 6 6 oz bottles. These bottles will easily fit inside a quart size bag. Why is a 6 oz bottle not permitted, yet two 3 oz bottles are acceptable? The same volume of liquid will be carried through the checkpoint. The quart bag limits the total amount of liquid that can be transported. It shouldn't matter if someone wants to bring one large bottle or several small bottles for their liquid allowance.

May 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

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TSA refuses to man up and answer perfectly legitimate questions.

This questiton and the question why ID matters when the traveler is screened have been asked for years and not once has an attempt been made to address these questions.

TSA's answer is nothing more than "because I say so".

No science, no validation, no nothing is the method that TSA uses to implement many policies and procedures.

We're TSA, we don't need science!

Are you feeling safer now?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
What? This has ben posted for almost 24 hours now and no rediculous cut and paste comments from the peanut gallery of experts? You guys are slacking...

May 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM


Bold Blotter Intern, you really should invest in a spell checker.

You're making yourself look rediculous.

Anonymous said...

How can I know if a pat-down has crossed the line into sexual assault? What's the difference between a TSA pat-down and sexual assault?

Anonymous said...

West, why did you aporove the attcking comment by the "rediculous" Bold Blotter Intern? Her comment does not meet blog policy.

Anonymous said...

TSAnonymous said...
" What? This has ben posted for almost 24 hours now and no rediculous cut and paste comments from the peanut gallery of experts? You guys are slacking...

May 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM"

Why are you attacking your TSA co-workers? I am certain that they have a very good reason to delay approval of all comments and delete many others...until you suddenly appear.

Hmmm...You post at 10:04 AM Eastern time and suddenly all of these comments are approved.

Did you approve (and delete) American citizens' comments?

RB said...

Another fine TSA employee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofMi06FSyhk

Uniformed TSA Agent Caught Drinking While Driving

Do you feel safe now?

Anonymous said...

Week after week after week, I continue to read the same complaints from the same angry minority. Why don’t I get precheck, why can I have two, 3oz. bottle but not one 6oz bottle, why the ipad, why check ID against the boarding pass and so on. I am never amazed by the question. What I am amazed by is people’s inability to know the answers to their won questions. The complaints are that these rules and policies are “stupid” and don’t do anything in enhance security, and are really there just to employ more TSA officers. That fact is these are very simple answers. So simple that even terror groups know why the policies are in place. I even a very basic amount of common sense is applied, most of you would know the answer to the question long before you ask it. But then again, the answer is not your goal. Yes, I will continue to shack my head, not at TSA but at those who seem to be lacking in even the most basic logical skills.

RB said...

Exactly what quantity of a liquid medicine is reasonable for a flight from DFW to MIA?

The article linked to says that one must tell the TSO at the beginning of the "Screening Checkpoint Process" that we have "Medically Necessary Liquids". Would that be the TDC? That is the first TSA employee at the beginning of the Screening Checkpoint Process.

Exactly what training do frontline TSA screeners have that enables them to know what quantity of any particular liquid medicine is a reasonable quantity with no more information than length of flight?

These are questions are based on the information posted by TSA and specific instructions given to travelers.

RB said...

http://news.yahoo.com/fourteen-charged-smuggling-drugs-u-airports-003516222.html


"Fourteen charged with smuggling drugs through U.S. airports"


It occurred to me that the baggage handlers at OAK defeated all of TSA's Security Experts and TSA's 20 or so layers of TSA Security.

Seems to say something about the competence of TSA's Experts.

Just imagine what a group of motivated terrorist could do.

Feeling safe now?

RB said...

 Anonymous said...Week after week after week, I continue to read the same complaints from the same angry minority. Why don’t I get precheck, why can I have two, 3oz. bottle but not one 6oz bottle, why the ipad, why check ID against the boarding pass and so on. I am never amazed by the question. What I am amazed by is people’s inability to know the answers to their won questions. The complaints are that these rules and policies are “stupid” and don’t do anything in enhance security, and are really there just to employ more TSA officers. That fact is these are very simple answers. So simple that even terror groups know why the policies are in place. I even a very basic amount of common sense is applied, most of you would know the answer to the question long before you ask it. But then again, the answer is not your goal. Yes, I will continue to shack my head, not at TSA but at those who seem to be lacking in even the most basic logical skills
.May 21, 2015 at 9:17 AM
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Ok Einstein, since you have all the answers why don't you share with others here?

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

West, why did you aporove the attcking comment by the "rediculous" Bold Blotter Intern? Her comment does not meet blog policy.

May 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM"

You're certain a female posted the comment to which you refer? You would be very wrong, yet again.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...That fact is these are very simple answers.

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And yet you didn't and the TSA hasn't provided that answer. If the answer really is as easy as you say then why don't *you* answer the question.... why is 6 ounces in one container bad but split into two smaller containers it is OK?

Go ahead.... we await your simple answer.

Anonymous said...

Ok Einstein, since you have all the answers why don't you share with others here?

Most of you dont want answers. Most every question I have seen has been answered at least once and in most cases, several times. The answer is not what you are looking for. That my firend has become obvious.

Anonymous said...

And yet you didn't and the TSA hasn't provided that answer. If the answer really is as easy as you say then why don't *you* answer the question.... why is 6 ounces in one container bad but split into two smaller containers it is OK?

Actaully, I have. More than once. Part of the answer is based on logic. Everything has an level of risk. All threats cannot ever be eliminated. May screening decisions are based on risk reduction, not elimination. But im sure you knew that, right? Nevermind, as with most questions being answered, the answer is not accepted

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
And yet you didn't and the TSA hasn't provided that answer. If the answer really is as easy as you say then why don't *you* answer the question.... why is 6 ounces in one container bad but split into two smaller containers it is OK?

Actaully, I have. More than once. Part of the answer is based on logic

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Logic?

6 ounces of liquid is bad, can't go through security.

Split the exact same liquid into two smaller containers, it is now good to go.

All a bad guy has to do is split up their magic liquid explosive into smaller containers to get through security. Then once through, pour them all back into the larger empty container that security didn't even look at.

Please explain how that is logical. Please explain how that reduces any amount of risk out of the system.

Mike Bird said...
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Anonymous said...

RB said...
Another fine TSA employee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofMi06FSyhk

Uniformed TSA Agent Caught Drinking While Driving

Do you feel safe now?



May 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM
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Uh, I saw him drinking out of "something" which was inside a bag. I don't know what that something was. Do you?

Wintermute said...

Actaully, I have. More than once.
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Actually, you haven't. If you have, link to it to prove me wrong. And even if you have, West has made it clear that you do not speak for the TSA, unless you are one of those unknown elements from HQ he spoke of.

Susan Richart said...

"Actaully, I have. More than once. Part of the answer is based on logic. Everything has an level of risk. All threats cannot ever be eliminated. May screening decisions are based on risk reduction, not elimination. But im sure you knew that, right? Nevermind, as with most questions being answered, the answer is not accepted"

And you've still not answered the question. But you know that.

Anonymous said...

Once again, the Bold Blotter Intern's attacking comment is the last "approved" in this latest batch. Looks like she is a moderator on this blog. Why does she refuse to identify herself?

Anonymous said...

May 24, 2015 at 2:53 PM
"Anonymous said...

West, why did you aporove the attcking comment by the "rediculous" Bold Blotter Intern? Her comment does not meet blog policy.

May 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM"

You're certain a female posted the comment to which you refer? You would be very wrong, yet again.


How would you know, Anonymous of May 24, 2:53pm? Are you saying you know exactly who the Bold Blotter Intern is? How do you know this? Are you a TSA employee? Do you have admin access to this blog?

Anonymous said...

What is your name, Bold Blotter Intern? What is your job title? What division of the TSA do you work for?

Anonymous said...

Actaully, I have. More than once.
--
Actually, you haven't. If you have, link to it to prove me wrong. And even if you have, West has made it clear that you do not speak for the TSA, unless you are one of those unknown elements from HQ he spoke of.

not interested in a debate. And you are correc, I do not speak for TSA. I am not an "unknown element" from TSA.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Once again, the Bold Blotter Intern's attacking comment is the last "approved" in this latest batch. Looks like she is a moderator on this blog. Why does she refuse to identify herself?

well anonymous ( do you see the irony there?)
I am not an intern, I have NO affiliation with this or any other blog.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
Actaully, I have. More than once.
--
Actually, you haven't. If you have, link to it to prove me wrong. And even if you have, West has made it clear that you do not speak for the TSA, unless you are one of those unknown elements from HQ he spoke of.

not interested in a debate

~~~~~~~~

Maybe not. But you do seem very interested in deriding those of us who expect more of the TSA.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Actaully, I have. More than once.
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Actually, you haven't. If you have, link to it to prove me wrong. And even if you have, West has made it clear that you do not speak for the TSA, unless you are one of those unknown elements from HQ he spoke of.

not interested in a debate

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Neither am I, but I am interested in proof that you've answered the question.

Anonymous said...

Maybe not. But you do seem very interested in deriding those of us who expect more of the TSA.

No, just those who continue to ask the same questions week after week after week expecting to get a different answer. Isn’t that kind of the definition of insanity? Many here criticize TSA workers and categorize ALL of them as incompetent, stupid, lazy and so on. Fact is a majority of TSA workers are hardworking intelligent people just trying to do their part to protect the country they love. They don’t need the constant bashing from couch quarterbacks who have no clue what or why they are doing what they do. If people have a legit complaint about a policy, question it. But why make it personal? It’s easy to be tough behind a keyboard. Are there bad TSA employees? Of course. Just like there are bad cops, bad firefighters, bad lawyers, bad politicians, bad judges and probably bad people in every profession there is. But a majority of TSA employees are great hard working people. You want to argue policy and policy makers go for it. Don’t make it personal about the labor force.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Anonymous said...
Maybe not. But you do seem very interested in deriding those of us who expect more of the TSA.

...If people have a legit complaint about a policy, question it. ...

We do question it.

And then folks like you deride us for doing so.

You complain about the repeat questions posted week after week that never get answered, try to imply that the TSA HAS answered it, or try to imply that the person asking the question is stupid for asking because the answer is so perfectly obvious, common sense even.

To use your own words, to hoist you by your own petard as it were.... if you want to challenge those that question the TSA go for it. Don't make it personal about those of us who expect better for our eight billion dollars a year.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"No, just those who continue to ask the same questions week after week after week expecting to get a different answer."

The reason the questions are asked week after week is because we've never gotten an answer.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bold TSApologist, so you are a friend or relative of a TSA employee or contractor, correct? You sure seem to be upset about commenters "making it personal" and criticizing "TSA workers and categorize ALL of them as incompetent, stupid, lazy and so on..."

Asking questions of the blog team here on ploicy and procedure issues should not upset you so much, since you don't know any of the "mod team" and aren't affiliated with this or any blog. The questions you see repeated are there because they are never truly answered.

If it bothers you that the American public has a negative opinion towards TSA employees (look at how they are the butt of jokes on TV shows), instead of attacking commenters here week after week after week, look at how the policies and procedures are written by TSA bureaucrats and implemented by TSA employees.

Touching the traveling public's private parts, taking and storing naked pictures, confiscating harmless items, and a general imperious behavior will not garner a loving attitude from those treated this way, no matter how "hardworking" and "intelligent" you say TSA employees are.

Susan Richart said...

"No, just those who continue to ask the same questions week after week after week expecting to get a different answer."

The heck with a "different answer" - give us at least one answer.

For all your bluster, you can't even point to any answers, can you?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Susan Richart wrote:

"For all your bluster, you can't even point to any answers, can you?"

8 days of deafening silence from those who pretend to know.

Anonymous said...

Over a month later and still no answers.

Lacy said...

Precheck is a convenient travel method but it only makes sense to use it if you a frequent traveler. Business men and women, are most likely going to use this method because they are on planes a couple times a week. For the once a year traveler like myself, it's silly and easier to just go through the regular TSA checks,