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Airport Security Tips

Allowable Carry-On Items
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and similar agencies in other countries have very specific rules pertaining to allowable carry-on items. In an effort to reduce the chances of any type of harmful or dangerous materials from entering the airliner cabin, TSA regulations prohibit passengers from carrying liquids or gels in containers with a volume capacity exceeding 3.4 fluid ounces. Passengers may take aboard one ziploc bag that has a volume of up to one quart.

Passengers are encouraged to place all smaller liquid and gel containers into a single ziploc bag. This greatly reduces the time needed for security checkpoint officials to examine the contents. Larger items such as medications and baby formula are allowed but should be declared by the passenger at the checkpoint. The security officials at most airports will ask that passengers empty out the contents of any second carry-on luggage being presented at the security checkpoint.

Know The Luggage Quantity Limits
Each airline has its own rules concerning checked baggage. Most airlines now charge for each piece of luggage, payable at the baggage check-in area. In addition to quantity limits, airlines also have size and weight limitations. It is important to read the baggage size and weight limitations on the airline's official website before packing for a trip.

Airport security laws allow transportation officials to search any checked luggage. The luggage is passed through a screening x-ray prior to being loaded for transport to the aircraft. In certain cases, passengers may find that their luggage has been opened - and the locks broken, if necessary - upon arrival at their destination. It is extremely important to provide complete contact information on paper, place it inside the luggage, and use only the locks that come with the luggage itself.

Travelers are no longer allowed to receive their bags at intermediate stops when the same carrier provides continued service to a secondary destination. This also applies to partner airlines. Even if the traveler is changing airlines at an intermediate stop, partner airlines will insist on checking the luggage through to the final destination.

About Airport Screening Procedures
The intent of the security checkpoint screenings is to isolate potentially threatening individuals as well as locate items that might be considered dangerous. This risk-based screening is based on a logically derived set of rules that take into consideration that most passengers are very low-risk to begin with.

Airport security often points out that the system of screening works much more efficiently if a large percentage of passengers volunteer for body-scans and pat-down searches. The officials conducting security screens have been trained in the art of interviewing and questioning of passengers, and they are on the lookout for those who exhibit certain forms of behavior.

Identification is very important to airport security officials. Passengers will want to make sure they have proper ID handy at all times. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver license, passport, Military ID, border crossing card, Native Tribal photo ID, or other federal government document.

Tips For International Travelers
In addition to a valid passport, international travelers will need a properly endorsed tourist or work visa when visiting certain countries. These visas can only be obtained from the government of the country being visited. Airlines face very stiff penalties for issuing a boarding pass to any individual not carrying the required visas.

When checking baggage for an international flight, airline representatives will ask to see the traveler's passport to make certain it contains the required visa. This is true even if the first leg of the trip is a domestic flight.

Baggage fees are generally written into an international flight itinerary along with any international airport departure fees. International travelers will not have to pay any baggage fees so long as the entire flight itinerary was paid for as a single purchase. The fare and fees paid when the ticket was bought also include any charge for the customs declarations form that is usually handed out onboard the international leg of the trip.

Upon arrival at a foreign international airport, travelers will have to proceed through passport control. Large airports that serve as a port of entry will often have a separate passport control for foreign visitors. Depending on the laws of the country being visited, there may be separate lines forming at the customs declaration. Passengers declaring no items of major value will often be able to pass through the customs area via an express line, handing over a copy of their customs declaration as they do so.

Separate Copies Of Identification And Flight Information
It is always a good idea to have a photocopy of a passport ID page as well as a photocopy of a driver license when traveling. International travelers will find it useful to carry their paper photocopy of the passport ID page with them while leaving the actual passport in a hotel safe. When printing e-tickets, it is recommended that all travelers make several extra copies. It is good practice to carry the credit card or debit card used to make the air travel purchase. This helps ticket counter and baggage check representatives should a problem arrive with flight itinerary data.

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