the week of November 20 - 26, 2002
offered tips for easier
Express Staff Writer
Transportation Security Administration is advising holiday travelers to
dress and pack properly to expedite their passage through security
Monday, the TSA has standardized security procedures at airports
nationwide. The agency completed its takeover of airport screening one
day ahead of its Nov. 19 deadline.
a boarding pass or ticket confirmation and a photo I.D.
wearing jewelry or clothing containing metal. Instead, pack it in
your carry-on luggage until youíve cleared security.
to wrap your gifts. They may need to be unwrapped for inspection.
film in your carry-on, not checked, luggage. The checked-baggage
screening equipment at large airports can damage it.
goods that could be used as weapons, such as ski poles or a baseball
bat, cannot be brought as carry-on luggage. The same goes for tools
such as pocket knives, screwdrivers, sharp-pointed scissors and
not bring food to the security checkpoint unless it is wrapped or in
a container. Unpeeled natural foods such as fruit are permitted, but
half-eaten fruits must be wrapped.
the checkpoint, laptop computers must be removed from their cases
and placed in one of the bins provided.
can be carried as checked baggage, but must be unloaded and packed
in a hard gun case. They must be declared to the airline at
you are going to assist an unaccompanied child or other person
through security, but are not flying yourself, you will need to get
a gate pass at the airline ticket counter.
the security process to your children beforehand. Tell them that
joking remarks such as, "Iíve got a bomb" are illegal,
and could result in the whole familyís being delayed.
the screener about syringes or other diabetes supplies. They can be
carried on with you, but should carry pharmaceutical labels.
screening supervisor at Freidman Memorial Airport in Hailey, said
screening of checked luggage there would begin within two weeks. He said
explosive trace detector machines are in place at both the Horizon and
Skywest counters, but personnel ranks to operate them have not been
he said, an explosive-detection machine, separate from the X-ray
machine, is in use intermittently on carry-on luggage.
with further questions can call the TSA Consumer Response Center
toll-free at (866) 289-9673.