For those of you traveling next week during the busy Thanksgiving holiday season, please be aware that there may be delays in getting through security. This is related to several groups announcing plans to encourage travelers on Nov. 24 to opt-out of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) full body scanner machines and opt-in for TSA’s enhanced pat-downs. Here are some great holiday travel tips to help you prepare for the busy holiday travel season.
Tips to consider before arriving at the airport:
- Remember to pack your carry-on liquids in a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-lock (any brand with sealing top will do) bag before arriving at the airport. Freezer bags are much stronger.
- Monitor local broadcasts for announcements of security checkpoint delays at local airports
- Pack your coats and jackets in checked baggage whenever possible
- Do not wrap gifts
- Check-in online
- Check your flight status online and subscribe to alerts through the airline in which you are flying.
- Check-out the TSA’s Security Procedures for “Getting through the Line Faster“
- Wear shoes that are easy to take on and off
- Arrive to the airport earlier than normal
Upon arrival at the airport:
- Have your driver’s license or passport and paper boarding pass or electronic boarding pass in hand when you approach the security checkpoint area. Children under the age of 16 are not required to carry I.D., however school I.D. is recommended. School aged children will most likely be asked a question (such as birth date, or address).
- Remember to remove and place the following items in bins when you are ready to go through the security scanner:
- all metal (i.e. belt buckle, coins, eye glasses, etc.)
- plastic quart sized bag of liquids
- items from your pockets, including mobile phone
- laptops from bag and place in separate bin
- Do not engage in negative discussion about security, or behave in a manner that would call attention to yourself – this will only worsen your chances of going through security quickly and without incident.
- If you are selected for an enhanced pat-down, you have the right to request it be done in private.
As always, feel free to visit our website at www.RemarkableHoneymoons.com. If you feel the need to voice any concerns or comments in regard to your most recent experience, please visit our most recent blog labeled “What do you think about the TSA and Airport Screening”. Here you will find a helpful link to voice your comments or concerns. We hope you find this helpful, and wish you a safe and happy journey!