Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TSA Travel Tips: Memorial Day & Summer Travel 2016



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While Memorial Day is seen by many as the official start of summer, there is more to the day than pool openings and cookouts. Having fun with your families and friends is important, but of equal importance is taking a moment to reflect on those who have fought and died for our nation. Read about the history of Memorial Day.

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For those of you who will travel, not just on Memorial Day but also over the summer months, your preparedness can have a significant impact on the screening experience and the amount of time spent waiting at security checkpoints nationwide. In order to help you better prepare and plan ahead for the busy summer travel season, we’ve put together some travel tips that will help you glide through security.

Arrive Early! You can expect lots of company checking in, checking bags and in the lines leading to security screening. We recommend arriving up to 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours for international destinations.

TSA Precheck LogoGet Expedited Screening: TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. In the month of March (2016), 95% of those enrolled in TSA Pre®  waited five minutes or less to be screened.16 carriers participate in TSA Pre✓®: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet. Apply for TSA Pre✓® today!

Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast guard, U.S. Milityary Academy LogoTSA Pre® for U.S. Armed Forces: All members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the Reserves and National Guard are entitled to TSA Pre✓® expedited screening at no cost at select airports when flying on participating airlines. 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. Use your Department of Defense identification number when making flight reservations. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well. Learn about TSA Pre✓®.


U.S. Armed Forces members do not need to be in uniform and may use TSA Pre✓® while on personal or official travel.


Enter the 10-digit DoD ID number located on the back of the common access card as your known traveler number when making flight reservations or when updating your Defense Travel System (DTS) profile for official travel. If the number is not on your Common Access Card (CAC), you may obtain it by logging on to milConnect. You will find your ID number under the “My Profile” tab. To ensure future airline reservations automatically include your DoD ID number, save it in your DTS profile. You may also save your DoD ID number in any frequent flyer program profile of the participating airlines. Read the TSA Pre✓® military FAQ.





Prepare for Security: Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out and available for examination, and also remove large electronics including laptops and the 3-1-1 compliant liquids bag, from carry-on baggage. 
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Liquids, Gels & Aerosols: If you’re checking a bag, make things simple by properly packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule. 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.
Deodorant: Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz. or less, but gel or spray deodorant is.

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.

Duty Free Liquids: You may carry duty free liquids in secure, tamper–evident bags, more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml in your carry-on bag if:

  • The duty free liquids were purchased internationally and you are traveling to the United States with a connecting flight.
  • The liquids are packed in a transparent, secure, tamper-evident bag by the retailer and do not show signs of tampering when presented to TSA for screening.
  • The original receipt for the liquids is present and the purchase was made within 48 hours.

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. 




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Check for Prohibited Items: Use the “Can I bring my…” tool to check what items are allowed and not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage.
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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 who you are by answering a few questions. Read about how you may travel without an ID.   

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. 
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.
Dog on bag imageTraveling 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 imageMedication: 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 about traveling with dry ice to keep your favorite vittles preserved.

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 about wearing jewelry as you pass through the security checkpoint.

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 bag and checked baggage. The liquid limits apply when carrying these in your carry-on bags.

If You See Something, Say Something™: Public awareness is key for supporting TSA’s security efforts; therefore, TSA encourages travelers to remember If You See Something, Say Something™.” For those traveling abroad, check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Know Before You Go page to learn about required documentation. 



AskTSA Logo@AskTSA: Still have questions? Well, if you’re on Twitter, there is a new way to contact us. Reach out to our @AskTSA team. We have a team standing by from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. If you prefer to call or submit an online form, you can reach out to our contact center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.



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.

Travel safely, conveniently and have a great summer!!!

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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33 comments:

CliffOnTheRoad said...

This newsletter was written and published several days (wed) before the holiday (Saturday start?), which is a little better than expected, but not early enough IMO.

Was it needed at all, or just something to do? Every day is a travel day for someone.

If anyone is going to bother to post, please pick 'name' and enter something because after reading countless Anonymous Said and Anonymous Said, it gives the image of one person debating himself. I've asked for mods to "anonymous" while still allowing a person to think they are anonymous, but like other good suggestions, nothing is expected to happen.

The new TWITTER account to 'ask us' means more employees. That does not make me happy BUT at least answers will be perminant and searchable. One hopes that answers are absolutely correct and superceed the whim of the security line employees. You can find the cavet about agents having final authority elsewhere on this site.



Fix the TSA said...

TSA continues to blame passengers for the work slow down, even on this blog: "...your preparedness can have a significant impact on the screening experience and the amount of time spent waiting at security checkpoints..."

RB said...

All members of the Armed Forces are eligble for Pre Check screening? Except for all Retired Military who gave 20 or more years of their lives defending the United States, are still subject to the UCMJ, and are issued Military ID cards.

TSA's refusal to recognize the lifetime of service given by Reitired Military Members is nothing less than a slap in the face.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't "precheck" the default level of screening for ALL passengers, and not just the wealthy, elite, and lucky?

Wouldn't the lines be shorter if you didn't waste everyone's time with a scientifically indefensible liquid ban, a pointless shoe carnival, and your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners?

Anonymous said...

Why are foreign countries able to screen passengers more quickly and efficiently than the TSA? I rarely wait long to get through security overseas and that is in a regular security line. I usually wait longer in Pre Check lines than I do in regular lines in Europe for example. Europe has the same or even greater terrorist threats that we have. It doesn't seem right that our security lines are so much longer, even when I'm supposedly not a threat because I have a known traveler number. Of course it really doesn't help when the Pre Check lines are closed, which seems to be happening more and more often.

RB said...

The TSA "When I Fly Can I Bring" tool still doesn't clearly answer if medical nitroglycerin pills are allowed or not allowed. When queried the response only addressed larger quantities of LGA's.

Search Results For:
nitroglycerin pills

Check or Carry-on

TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection.
We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.



Why can't TSA fix this one simple thing? Is TSA and all of its 10's of thousands of people really this inept?

Falcon-One said...

Long lines…… Why? The majority of passengers bring too much stuff with them to carry-on the aircraft. And along with that, a good number of them bring whether knowingly or unknowingly prohibited items with them. The bag must be stopped and looked through to find the offending item or items. The TSA officers can only look through one bag at a time, and this slows down the line. A lot of passengers also seem to not understand the concept of nothing in their pockets, no belt, no shoes, and no jacket on. This adds to the line slow down because they go back to the X-Ray machine to put their stuff through. Still more passengers think they can show up 15 minutes before their flight take off and think they catch their plane. And now because of cheap gas prices, more people are flying again.

Let’s try this, STOP complaining about the TSA and fix the problem yourself by FOLLOWING THE RULES!!!!!! Bring less carry-on stuff with you. Check out your carry-on, make sure it does not have any prohibited items in it. Empty your pockets, and I mean EMPTY, NOTHING in them!!! Show up 2 hours early before you flight leaves. This is simple stuff people. Anyone can do the right thing. Be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

Esperanza Ramos said...

I have used TSA services many times in the last two years when I travel with my disable husband and the service have been great. On may 17th, 2016, we traveled from White Plains, NY with a stop at Charlotte. The services there were Fantastic, they took us on a transport vehicle and I did not have to walk. It is a long walk to catch the next flight to New Orleans. When we landed in New Orleans at 6:30 PM, we had to wait a long time, because there was no one available to help with wheelchairs. The gentleman that picked us up, told us there was a shortage of personnel. I was surprised! This gentleman had to help my husband and another lady all by himself, pushing two wheelchairs. He later had to carry our luggage and the wheelchair all by himself. He was very apologetic and very nice. I hope the TSA services at MSY,review these flaws and, employ more people at that time, so that incoming disable people have a better impression of our Airport services. Thank You.

Wintermute said...

If the TSA would use a proven and slightly faster primary sceening device, and change the rules to allow items that make no scientific sense to ban, we wouldn't have this problem to begin with. The entire fault for the slow lines lies with the TSA, whether their disgruntled employees are intentionally causing a slowdown or not.

Anonymous said...

"STOP complaining about the TSA and fix the problem yourself by FOLLOWING THE RULES!!!!!!"

First, most of TSA's rules are pointless and do nothing to make anyone safer.

Second, many thousands of travelers CANNOT "follow the rules" because they have private and harmless medical devices that cannot be removed, and always alarm TSA's slow, ineffective, and invasive naked body scanners.

Do you not understand that?

Do you think people with ostomy bags are wearing them for fun? Do you think women with prosthetic breasts are enjoying themselves? Do you think people with fused vertebrae made a decision to ignore the "rules" TSA has invented in one hysterical overreaction after another?

Is it at all possible that the ONLY reason for the massive slowdowns at airports all over America is TSA's own stupidity?

Fix the TSA said...

Once again, Falcon-One, a TSA screener, blames the passengers for the failures of the TSA. So sad.

Anonymous said...

Esperanza Ramos said...
I have used TSA services many times in the last two years when I travel with my disable husband and the service have been great. On may 17th, 2016, we traveled from White Plains, NY with a stop at Charlotte. The services there were Fantastic, they took us on a transport vehicle and I did not have to walk. It is a long walk to catch the next flight to New Orleans. When we landed in New Orleans at 6:30 PM, we had to wait a long time, because there was no one available to help with wheelchairs. The gentleman that picked us up, told us there was a shortage of personnel. I was surprised! This gentleman had to help my husband and another lady all by himself, pushing two wheelchairs. He later had to carry our luggage and the wheelchair all by himself. He was very apologetic and very nice. I hope the TSA services at MSY,review these flaws and, employ more people at that time, so that incoming disable people have a better impression of our Airport services. Thank You.

May 25, 2016 at 6:58 PM
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Those services you talk about are not TSA services. TSA are the people wearing fake cop uniforms.

RB said...

Falcon-One said...
Long lines…… Why? The majority of passengers bring too much stuff with them to carry-on the aircraft. And along with that, a good number of them bring whether knowingly or unknowingly prohibited items with them. The bag must be stopped and looked through to find the offending item or items. The TSA officers can only look through one bag at a time, and this slows down the line. A lot of passengers also seem to not understand the concept of nothing in their pockets, no belt, no shoes, and no jacket on. This adds to the line slow down because they go back to the X-Ray machine to put their stuff through. Still more passengers think they can show up 15 minutes before their flight take off and think they catch their plane. And now because of cheap gas prices, more people are flying again.

Let’s try this, STOP complaining about the TSA and fix the problem yourself by FOLLOWING THE RULES!!!!!! Bring less carry-on stuff with you. Check out your carry-on, make sure it does not have any prohibited items in it. Empty your pockets, and I mean EMPTY, NOTHING in them!!! Show up 2 hours early before you flight leaves. This is simple stuff people. Anyone can do the right thing. Be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

May 25, 2016 at 11:31 AM

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Yes let's fix the problem. Since the problem clearly lies with TSA and its employees we all know where to start with the fixes.

Ban cell phones for TSA employees while they are at the checkpoint. Have a process to monitor those TSA screeners who are not productive. Fire all non-productive TSA screners.

Ban TSA employee chit chat with other screeners while at the checkpoint.

Require all FSD, AFSD, and other high level TSA employees to spend a minimum of 4 hours of each work day at a checkpoint observing and noting TSA employee performance.

Require that TSA publish all the rules that a Passenger is Required to Comply With.

Fire all TSA BDO employees and replace with screeners unless TSA can produce validated documentation proving that BDO's actions are significantly better than just guessing.

Post signage in all TSA work spaces stating that Travelers Are TSA's Customers.

Fire all TSA employees who refers to the public as "You People"!

Anonymous said...

I think a large part of the problem re: too much stuff in carry-on relates to airlines making people pay extra for checked baggage. I had heard a rumor that at least some airlines were doing away with this restriction (which might help somewhat) but don't know all the details (which is why I am listing it as a rumor).

Falcon-One said...

Do you think people with ostomy bags are wearing them for fun? Do you think women with prosthetic breasts are enjoying themselves? Do you think people with fused vertebrae made a decision to ignore the "rules" TSA has invented in one hysterical overreaction after another?

Where in my post did I say ANYTHING about Individuals with Disability? Not that I saw. In my experience, every time an Individual with Disability is going through the checkpoint, they are treated with dignity and respect.

Now try to follow me for just one minute. A passenger alarms the body scanner in the pocket area, then the TSA officer asks if there is anything in the pocket. The passenger responds by saying, that is my insulin pump. How is the TSA officer going to know if it is indeed an insulin pump if he does not check it out? It just might be a gun instead. This is just one example, there are many more. So FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!

Unknown said...

Let's eliminate the carry on bags. Or have an express line for those who totally check their bags curbside or at the ticket counter. Less carry on mean faster lined. That's the line you will see me in, and when people see how fast my line moves, others will quickly follow. I do not want to be held up because of people that drag a couple of bags with them. I would do the right thing...!

Fix the TSA said...

Falcon-One, as a screener, you say passengers with disabilities are treated at your airport with dignity. I note that you didn't say YOU treat them with dignity.

How is a passenger who says he has an insulin pump when the alarm goes off not FOLLOWING THE RULES? Who here has said that a screener checking that the item is an insulin pump is doing anything wrong? (No one.)

Screeners who insist passengers go through millimeter wave scanners while wearing an insulin pump, against pump manufacturers recommendations, ate not treating passengers with dignity.

Screeners who roughly and invasively grope a passenger because he is wearing an insulin pump is not treating the passenger with dignity.

Any screener who constantly screams, "FOLLOW THE RULES!" is not treating passengers with dignity.

I am so thankful I don't fly though your airport.

I suggest you look for a job where you don't have to interact with the public. You have shown only anger, contempt, and poor customer service skills.

Fix the TSA said...

Glenn D, people need to carry on items such as electronics, medications, personal hygiene, documents, jewelry, etc. to prevent health issues and theft.

I do agree the size of bags people carry on can be excessive.

Anonymous said...

Unknown said...Let's eliminate the carry on bags. Or have an express line for those who totally check their bags curbside or at the ticket counter. Less carry on mean faster lined. That's the line you will see me in, and when people see how fast my line moves, others will quickly follow. I do not want to be held up because of people that drag a couple of bags with them. I would do the right thing...!May 27, 2016 at 9:42 PM
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And how will that solve the problem Glenn? It's not carry on bags that are the problem it's a dysfunctional TSA that squanders over $7.4 BILLION DOLLARS each year. A TSA that needs 15,000 HQ types that serve no useful purpose like TSA's Social Media Teams.

How about we start demanding that TSA starts doing the job they are paid to do Glenn?

Anonymous said...

"Now try to follow me for just one minute. A passenger alarms the body scanner in the pocket area, then the TSA officer asks if there is anything in the pocket. The passenger responds by saying, that is my insulin pump. How is the TSA officer going to know if it is indeed an insulin pump if he does not check it out? It just might be a gun instead. This is just one example, there are many more. So FOLLOW THE RULES!!!"

What "RULES!!!" is someone violating by wearing an insulin pump - which manufacturers specifically warn cannot go through your naked body scanners without being damaged, by the way?

The problem is not innocent passengers. The problem is you people at TSA who have invented pointless rules that make no one safer, and the slovenly blue line who think they've doing anything other than abusing innocent people by enforcing them.

And if you think people with disabilities are treated respectfully at airports, well, congratulations on not having a disability.

TSA is the only reason for the backups at airports. We know it, you know it, stop lying about it.

Jackie said...

I rather show up a couple hours earlier for my flight and wait in line knowing I will be safe. Everyone is complaining About how long the lines are, but if TSA were to cut the lines short and screen passengers in a fast manor and something happened, everyone would turn around and blame the TSA ." That they do not conduct enough valid searches. "The DHS are doing their best with the budget they have, if US citizens actually stop depending on the media and did research of their own and learned about the threats that are at our front door, maybe they would agree with not cutting the DHS budget and we could get More TSA officers.... Wow I guess common sense isn't so common these days .

Jackie said...

I agree with you TSA being a part of the DHS should be somewhat structured like the military. But don't forget when they do become strict they are not going to care how your day is going they are are going to make sure their airport is safe, so if your stuff gets destroyed in order to be sure it is not a threat, just remember it's the price we pay for national security. TSA officers should indeed be 100% professional and visualint at all times, it is upsetting to hear that some are on their phones and just standing around. Maybe you are right that they should let go of all previous employees that rated less then satisfactory on ther review and start over. To those TSA officers are do not care for their job need to quit becasuse they are part of protecting the homeland and that should not be taken lightly.

Wintermute said...

No, no one would blame TSA if an attack occurred... At least, none of us detractors would... IF they actually did something to keep us safer.

Fix the TSA said...

Falcon-One, screeners like yourself, who scream,"FOLLOW THE RULES!" and hold the flying public in such obvious contempt are the problem with the TSA.

My last reply to you may have been deleted, let's see how long it is "delayed."

Like in my last reply to you, i am so glad I don't fly through your airport.

To see how you must mistreat people, based upon the attitude you show here, would definitely be reported.

Fix the TSA said...

Falcon-One, I wonder if, based upon your comments here, suggesting you might be better suited for a job not working with the public will be delayed or deleted by West?

Let's see.

*screenshot*

Anonymous said...

Why isn't "precheck" the default level of screening for ALL passengers, and not just the wealthy, elite, and lucky?

Wouldn't the lines be shorter if you didn't waste everyone's time with a scientifically indefensible liquid ban, a pointless shoe carnival, and your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners?

such a short memory people have. I guess you have forgotten about the liquid bomb plot and the shoe bomber.

Anonymous said...

If the TSA would use a proven and slightly faster primary sceening device, and change the rules to allow items that make no scientific sense to ban, we wouldn't have this problem to begin with. The entire fault for the slow lines lies with the TSA, whether their disgruntled employees are intentionally causing a slowdown or not.

great post. But you didn't add details. What "faster primary screening do you suggest? Metal detector that wont pick up not metallic explosives? What about liquid bombs? Allow and test all liquids. Pretty sure that will slow things down.
What about shoe bombs? laptop bombs? how are you going to prevent these small items? All people ever say is "needless" but never any answers that will actually stop known and proven threats. There were over 27,000 terrorist attacks in 2015 but not a single one on an American based flight. Do you suppose just for a second that what TSA is doing is working? perhaps its just enough of a concern that the bad guys are staying away. Something is keeping them away and it sure as heck isn't lack of desire.

Wintermute said...

Neither viable, and neither detectable by AIT, according to TSAs own testing.

Wintermute said...

27000 / 365 is just shy of 74. You (and West) really expect us to buy into this extremely inflated and unverified number? Because I don't remember 74 attacks on average every single day in 2015. Does anyone else? Of course, you claimed the missing flight out of Paris was terrorism-related without anything to back that up. I'm guessing you're including other unverified incidents in your numbers, too.

Wintermute said...

Also, TSA has admitted that there are no threats to US airlines, so no, I do not believe anything the TSA is doing is working. Or are you saying that the sworn Congressional testimony of TSAs higher-ups is false?

Fix the TSA said...

It's weird to see my three sort of duplicate replies to Falcon-One in a row, but that's what happens when

1. They are submitted individually on May 28 and May 30, but approved all at once on June 3.

2. Distrust of the blog team (West, Bob, Lynn, HQ elements) who delay and delete comments.

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