The unprecedented events of 11 September 2001 has made security an extremely high priority in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world. Although there has been an increase in the level of security at many airports, the advice on this page should provide an overview of what to expect when you are traveling through many of the world's airports.
General Security Guidelines
· Air travelers are limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item (such as a purse or briefcase) on all flights. Something to consider is a clear bag for ease of going through the inspection. These bags can be found at ClearSafetyBags.com.
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.
· In the U.S., a passport or other government-issued photo ID (national, state, or local) is required for travelers age 18 and over. If you do not have a photo ID, you can also use two forms of non-photo ID, one of which has to issued by a state or federal agency. 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 the amount of jewelry or other metal objects that you wear.
· Travelers should remove all metal objects prior to passing through the metal detectors in order to facilitate the screening process.
Basic Advice for Air Travel
Allow Extra Time for Special Circumstances
Do Not Leave Your Car Unattended in Front of the Terminal
Keep Your Photo Identification Handy
Beware of Unattended Packages
Humor is Not an Option
Expect to Have Your Bags Searched
Leave Your Firearms and Hazardous Goods at Home