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Increased Air Travel Security
Around the world, air travel security is increasing. Each country and airline may have slightly different rules and regulations. It is important to learn what you can and can not bring on the airline before arriving at the airport to avoid any problems. Be prepared for extra security screening and potential delays by arriving early at the airport.
Here are some general security guidelines that pertain to any airport worldwide:
  • Allow extra time. Contact your airline to find out how early to arrive at the airport and consider taking public transportation to the airport as parking and curbside access is likely to be controlled and limited.
  • Bring your passort and two other forms of ID and be prepared to show them at various security check points during check in. Minors are not required to have identification. Failure to have proper identification may result in additional security scrutiny. Some airlines may prohibit you from boarding without proper ID. For international flights, airlines are required to collect your full name and ask you for a contact name and phone number.
  • E-ticket travelers should check with their airline to make sure they have proper documentation. Written confirmation, such as a letter from the airline acknowledging the reservation, may be required.
  • Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the screener checkpoints, except for those with specific medical or parental needs.
  • All electronic items, such as laptops and cell phones, may be subjected to additional screening. Be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case so that both can be X-rayed separately.
  • Limit the amount of jewelry or other metal objects that you wear.
  • Travelers should remove all metal objects prior to passing through the metal detectors in order to facilitate the screening process.
  • Contact your airline to find out what is allowed for carry-on baggage and luggage sizes and weight restrictions to avoid further delays.
  • Allow even more extra time for special circumstances during busy periods, or when traveling with young children, infants, elderly or disabled passengers.
  • Do not leave your car unattended in front of the terminal. Airport parking rules are being strictly enforced and your car may be quickly ticketed and towed.
  • Know what you are carrying. Watch your bags while you are at the airport and don’t accept packages from strangers. Be prepared to answer questions about who packed your bags and whether you might have left them unattended at any time. Think carefully and answer honestly--history has shown that criminals and terrorists use unwitting passengers to carry bombs or other dangerous items on board aircraft, either by tricking passengers into carrying packages or by simply slipping items into unwatched bags. If you have any doubts, say so.
  • Do not joke about having a bomb or firearm in your possession. Security personnel are trained to react when they hear these words. Penalties can be severe and can include the possibility of time in prison and/or fines.
  • Expect to have your bags searched. Both carry-on and checked bags are subject to being hand-searched, especially when airline security personnel cannot determine by X-ray the contents of a package. Leave gifts unwrapped until after you arrive at your destination. Airline security personnel will open it if X-rays are unable to identify the contents.
  • Leave your firearms and hazardous goods at home. Do not pack or carry firearms, fireworks, flammable materials, household cleaners, or pressurized containers. Violations of hazardous materials regulations can lead to severe civil penalties, as well as, possible criminal prosecution.

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