Friday, July 22, 2016

@AskTSA Travel Tips In Over 140 Characters: Comic-Con International



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If you’re currently at Comic-Con International in San Diego, you may want to take a couple of minutes to read this post if you’re traveling home via commercial aircraft.



Our officers have been screening outgoing Comic-Con travelers at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) for over a decade now, and we’ve gained some valuable tips from them that could really help ease your screening experience.



Every year during Comic-Con International, our officers have issues with the various items that people purchase and then either carry-on or place in their checked bags. These come in the form of figurines, costume items (including replica and real weapons) and other mementos that generally alarm our checkpoint and checked baggage screening systems and result in a bag check. 



Here are our suggestions on how to avoid the most common problems:



Ship Collectible Items with Original Seal - If you have an item packaged with an original seal that you would rather not have searched; there are several shipping options within the vicinity of the Convention Center and hotels that you can use to ship your item(s) home. There’s always the chance that a packaged item might have to be searched and opened, which would cause us to have to break the original seal. If you’re a collector, the last thing you want is a broken seal.



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Replica Weapons - If you’re not checking a bag and you have a realistic replica of a weapon or an actual weapon, you’ll want to ship the item. If you are checking a bag, replica weapons and actual weapons may be packed in your checked bag. Replica firearms can be placed in your checked baggage with no declaration or packing guidelines, but actual firearms must meet packing guidelines and be declared.  Anything looking like an explosive (whether real or not) is strictly prohibited from air travel.



Brochures, Magazines and Comic Books - Pack items such as stacks of brochures and assorted comic books in your carry-on bag. Place them in a bin prior to sending them through the x-ray. Packing these items in checked bags often causes alarms leading to bag searches which can cause a significant slowdown in the screening process leading to delays and bags possibly missing their flights.



If you’re not attending Comic-Con International, this guidance applies to any collector or attendee of any comic-con. Safe travels!



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We are here to help your traveling experience.  Please direct your questions to @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook.com/AskTSA. We’re available to answer your questions, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Eastern Time, weekdays; 9 a.m.to 7 p.m., weekends/holidays.



Travelers may also reach out to TSA Contact Center. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., ET; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673.

Bob Burns
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7 comments:

Fix the TSA said...

@Asktsa on Facebook is actually only on Facebook Messenger. This is TSA's private contractor's attempt to hide the complaints by the flying public.

No questions by the flying public are publicly displayed on Facebook Messenger. No answers by the TSA's private contractor are publicly displayed.

This isn't social media and this isn't governmental transparency.

@Asktsa is on Twitter. Public questions and complaints. Repeated, scripted replies by @Asktsa.

Fix the TSA said...

West, was there really only one comment (mine) from July 22, 2016 to today, July 27, 2016? No one else had anything else to say about @AskTSA?

Wintermute said...

Pretty sure someone batch- deleted comments without reading them because they must have gotten too far behind.

Fix the TSA said...

Good to see @AskTSA on Facebook (messenger ONLY) is no longer claiming to be a public place, especially since Messenger is private and hides all citizens' comments, questions and complaints, as well as all replies by @AskTSA, a private contractor.

Fix the TSA said...

That could explain it, Wintermute. Then someone went in twice this weekend and did comment approval. Rare to see comments approvals occur less than 3 - 5 days apart. One of West's HQ elements, perhaps?

Arsiean Permana said...

It absolutely can make a difference for TSA. This helps make it a more approachable organization for consumers. It helps humanize the agency. And, at the same time, it recognizes the customer service component to what they do.

Wintermute said...

Profile links to a link farm, which has since been suspended. Can West really not identify spam? Or is he not allowed to take action on it?