With airlines offering tens of thousands of flights every day, airports are packed with people traveling for business and pleasure. The high volume of airport traffic puts travelers at risk for theft, property damage, assault, and public violence. Although you may not be able to avoid long lines, flight delays, and airline fees, there are precautions you can take to help your trip go smoothly. Use the tips below to streamline the airport security process, and do your part in keeping air travel safe. Time to grab your suitcase and go!
Plan Before You Board
- Note all clothing and items that you packed so if any belongings go missing, you will be able to quickly identify them.
- Keep in mind that there are several articles currently prohibited from carry-on baggage by TSA. You can check the up-to-date prohibited items list on the TSA website at www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items.
- Remember that the amount for each aerosol, liquid, and gel allowed on board is limited to 3.4 ounces or under. The TSA mandates that you collect all small liquid bottles in a 1 quart clear zip-top bag before screening.
- Ensure that you have your ID where you can easily access it – chances are, you'll have to show it more than once as you pass through the airport. Always return identification to your purse or wallet immediately after using it.
- Be prepared to remove footwear, belts with metal buckles, jackets, hats, and any large jewelry when passing through security. Avoid wearing any flashy jewelry that might attract the attention of pickpockets and thieves.
- Carry a sufficient amount of cash with you, as unexpected expenses often spring up while traveling. Keep your wallet in your pocket at all times, and carry any purse or laptop bag close to your body. Be wary of pickpockets, who often bump into their victims to create a distraction while removing valuables from pockets or purses.
Navigate the Airport Calmly
- Allow time to check bags, and remember that security lines can get very long, particularly in larger cities. The best guideline to remember is to plan to arrive at the airport no later than an hour before departure.
- Always cooperate with TSA security officers. Travelers often become frustrated when passing through security, but it is important to remember that security procedures are in place to ensure safety for everyone.
- Never leave luggage unattended or with strangers, and don't allow anyone except security officers or uniformed baggage handlers to carry your luggage.
- If you are traveling with children, stay with them at all times, and keep an eye on their luggage as well as your own. Make sure that your child knows to find an airport official or security officer and ask for help should he or she become lost.
- Stay alert at all times, and drink alcohol only in moderation to avoid endangering yourself, your fellow travelers, or your flight status.
- Immediately report unattended luggage or any suspicious activity to airport security services.
Flying can be stressful, but by following these safety precautions, you can avoid trouble and arrive safely at
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