is the key to enjoyable travel by air
you're traveling by air, there are a few tips that will make your trip less
stressful and more enjoyable. Here are the key things to remember:
You'll need your paper ticket, e-ticket confirmation, airlines itinerary or boarding
pass to get through the security checkpoint.
Bring proper photo identification — a valid photo driver's license, active
passport or employee ID from a county, state or federal agency. Passengers
traveling internationally must carry a passport.
Pack any sharp objects, such as scissors (with blades longer than four inches) and knives, in your checked baggage.
Visit TSA.gov for a detailed
list of items prohibited in aircraft cabins. Items allowed in carry-on baggage
include nail clippers, nail files, tweezers, safety razors (including disposable
razors), eyelash curlers, knitting needles, walking canes and umbrellas.
2. Airport Check-In
Make sure to allow
the following amount of time before your flight is scheduled to depart from the gate:
Domestic flights: Check bags at least 2 hours prior; be at the gate at least one
hour prior. Aircraft doors close 5 minutes prior.
International flights: Check bags at least three hours prior; make sure to be at the gate at
least an hour and a half prior. Aircraft doors close 5 minutes prior.
observe the following federally mandated rules and procedures at all airport security
Be prepared to show your paper ticket, e-ticket confirmation or boarding pass
with a government-issued photo identification as you approach the security checkpoint.
Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the security checkpoints. Arrangements
can be made at ticket counters for non-travelers to accompany travelers needing
You are allowed to have one carry-on bag and one personal item (such as purse
Remove your laptop from its travel case and place in an additonal bin so that it can be x-rayed separately.
Limit metal objects worn on your person or clothing. All hand-carried items, including
coats, cell phones, keys, change, food and beverages, etc. must be screened through
the x-ray machine. Food and beverages must be in unopened or spill-proof containers.
If the alarm sounds when you walk through the metal detector, you will be screened
with a hand-held metal detector and may also be subject to a pat-down search.
Wear easy to remove shoes, as passengers may be randomly selected to have their footwear inspected.
You and your carry-on baggage may be randomly selected for additional screening
at your departure gate.
You will be required to show your identification along with your ticket and/or
boarding pass as you board the aircraft. Aircraft doors close 5 minutes prior
(Source: US Air)