Advises Air Travelers on Airport, Airline Security Measures
October 8, 2001
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the following tips to help
air travelers accommodate and assist the heightened security measures implemented
since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Travelers should note that they will now
be limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item on all flights.
Allow extra time:
·The heightened measures require more time to properly screen travelers.
Travelers should contact their airline to find out how early they should arrive
at the airport.
·Take public transportation to the airport if possible. Parking and curbside
access is likely to be controlled and limited. ·Curbside check-in is
available on an airline-by-airline basis. Travelers should contact their airline
to see if it is in place at their airport.
·A government-issued ID (federal, state or local) is required. Travelers
may be asked to show this ID at subsequent points, such as at the gate, along
with their boarding passes.
·Automated check-in kiosks are available for airlines that have appropriate
security measures in place. Travelers interested in this option should check
with their airline.
·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.
·Each traveler will be limited to one carry-on bag and one personal bag
(i.e., purse or briefcase).
·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 metal objects worn on person.
·Travelers should remove all metal objects prior to passing through the
metal detectors in order to facilitate the screening process.
Items prohibited from aircraft cabins:
The following items must be placed in, or transported as, checked baggage or
·Knives of any length, composition or description
·Cutting instruments of any kind and composition, including carpet knives
and box cutters (and spare blades), any device with a folding or retractable
blade, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors and metal nail files
·When in doubt, transport item in checked baggage
·Pets (check with airline for procedures)
·Walking canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items
are not concealed)
·Safety razors (including disposable razors)
·Syringes (with medication and professionally printed label identifying
medication or manufacturer's name)
·Eye lash curlers
At the gate:
·Travelers must be prepared to present a valid photo identification card,
along with their boarding pass.
·Travelers and their bags may be subjected to additional screening.
At all times:
·Control all bags and personal items.
·Do not bring anything onboard for another person.
·Report any unattended items in the airport or aircraft to the nearest
airport or airline personnel.