Here Are the Latest Security Tips
by Joe Volz
Now that federal officers of the Transportation Security Administration are on the job at all 429 of our nation's airports, here is the latest advice on how to speed your way through heightened security checkpoints.
Admiral James Loy, Under Secretary of Transportation, offers these tips:
Before You Go to the Airport
When You Arrive at the Airport
If you refuse to be screened at any point, the screener must deny you entry and you will not be able to take your flight.
Guidelines for Disabled Passengers
Let the screener know your level of disability such as whether you need help walking, can stand or can lift your arms.
If you use a pacemaker, it is a good idea to have a Pacemaker Identification Card when going through airport security, although it is not required. But make sure you tell the screener you have an implanted pacemaker. You can tell the inspector that you prefer a pat-down inspection rather than walking through the detector.
Prohibited items include weapons, explosives, incendiaries and even seemingly harmless items which may be used as weapons such as scissors or razor blades. But some items, such as nail clippers, nail files and crochet needles, initially banned after 9-11, are now allowed in carry-on bags again.
The Transportation Security Administration is serious about the ban on prohibited items. You could be prosecuted if you attempt to bring anything on the banned list through the checkpoint.
For more information on security regulations and the banned list, visit the Transportation Security Administration website, call the Consumer Response Center toll free at 1-866-289-9673 or send email to TellTSA@tsa.dot.gov.
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