Airport Security Transportation Tips

Airport Security Transportation Tips

The holidays are here and that means hitting the airports in droves. Here are some reminders on how to keep your trip through airport security as painless as possible (though it will still hurt). This comes straight from the Transportation Security Administration:

 

Carry-on baggage is a small piece of luggage you take onboard the airplane with you. You are allowed one carry-on in addition to one personal item such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera case.

 

TSA will screen any "carry-on" baggage that will fit through the x-ray machine. However, it is up to each individual air carrier as to whether the baggage fits the size restrictions for your flight. Please check with the air carrier prior to proceeding through the security checkpoints.

 

Always keep your belongings in sight. You are responsible for your property as it proceeds through the screening process.

 

DO NOT pack the following items in your checked baggage: jewelry, laptop computers, cash, electronics, film, other fragile items (no matter how well protected).

 

Label your laptop computer. Tape a business card or other identifying information beneath your laptop to avoid loss or the accidental exchange by other passengers.

 

Once again, carry-on baggage is limited to one carry-on bag plus one personal item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases, or camera cases. Remember, 1+1.

 

Don't forget to place identification tags with your name, address and phone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop computer. It is a good idea to place an identification tag inside your baggage as well.

 

Keep batteries and equipment with you, or in carry-on baggage - not in your checked baggage! In the cabin, flight crew can better monitor conditions, and have access to the batteries or device if a fire does occur.

 

Buy batteries from reputable sources and only use batteries approved for your device - avoid counterfeits! A counterfeit battery is more likely to cause a fire in your equipment (like your laptop), costing you more in the long run, and compromising safety.

 

If you must carry a battery-powered device in any baggage, package it to prevent inadvertent activation. For instance, you should pack a cordless power tool in a protective case, with a trigger lock engaged. If there is an on-off switch or a safety switch, tape it in the off position.

 

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Ben

From my recent airport experience:
When you are passing through the screening area, get your laptop out of your carry-on and put in separately in one of the bins. Do this while waiting in line in order to keep moving forward instead of being stopped for something stupid.

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