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Why: The Reasons Behind TSA Security

Ad Concil LogoTSA and the Ad Council have launched a national public awareness and education campaign designed to build awareness about checkpoint security procedures so passengers will be better prepared for airport travel. The campaign builds upon TSA's commitment to communicate why certain procedures and requirements are part of airport security. The goal is to improve security by compelling airline passengers to be better prepared for the security processes, thereby resulting in less frustration and a safer and more positive experience.

The public awareness effort will help passengers understand the important role they play in airport security and provide resources to learn more.

Why Do I Have To Place My Shoes On The X-Ray Belt?

In May of 2009, TSA began advising passengers going through security screening to place their shoes on the X-ray belt as opposed to placing them in a bin. It is TSA's intent to de-clutter bins and provide Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) with the clearest image possible and provide a better look at all items going through the X-ray.

By placing their shoes directly on the belt, passengers can assist officers expediting them through screening. This simple task cuts time by reducing the number of items re-run (presumably from cluttered bins) through the X-ray, therefore reducing the time it takes for additional screening. This simple step will streamline passage through checkpoints and passengers benefit from a quicker, stress-free experience.

Why Secure Flight?

TSA must ensure known or suspected terrorists are unable to obtain a boarding pass. To mitigate this risk, TSA is implementing its Secure Flight program - a behind-the-scenes watch list matching process that vets passengers against government watch lists before a boarding pass is ever issued.


 

Why Are My Liquids Limited To 3 Ounces Or Less?

Liquids still pose a threat to aviation security. TSA and our partners have conducted extensive explosives testing since August 2006 and determined that these items, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. TSA determined that the maximum amount of liquid a person can carry is 3.4 ounces without causing damage to the plane.





 

Why Do I Have To Show My ID?

Passengers whose identity cannot be verified by TSA may not be allowed to go through the checkpoint or onto an airplane. TSA uses a standardized list of acceptable identification for airline travel. Passengers who present a federal- or state-issued photo ID containing name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature that is free from evidence of tampering can expect to proceed through the travel document checking process.


 

Why Do I Have To Remove My Laptop From Its Bag?

TSA screens laptops to see if the electronics have been tampered with. Transportation Security Officers know what the inside of a computer should look like, and they can recognize irregularities. This is why they need an unobstructed view as the item moves through the X-ray machine.

Why Imaging Technology?

Imaging technology is a critical layer of security that enables TSA to screen passengers for a wide range of threats while maintaining passenger privacy. Layers of security, like this one, are integrated to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of the traveling public.

Latest revision: 04 December 2012