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Will TSA Accept My Enhanced Driver’s Licenses at the TSA Security Checkpoint?

TSA Blog - 4 hours 29 min ago
If you live in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont or Washington, you may be wondering if your enhanced driver’s license will be accepted at the security checkpoint come October 1, 2020.The short answer is, yes! State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses are acceptable to verify your identity at the TSA checkpoint.State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses – EDLs for short – are issued using a secure process and include technology to make travel easier. States close to the United States border can issue EDLs to comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative ensuring all travelers crossing borders are using acceptable IDs that denote identity and citizenship when entering the United States. Some states issue both REAL ID-compliant licenses and EDLs: Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, and New York. Washington state only issues EDLs.Starting October 1, 2020, every passenger will need to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, EDL, or another acceptable form of identification (such as a passport), to board federally regulated commercial aircraft within the U.S. See the list of acceptable IDs at tsa.gov.REAL ID is important! It prevents individuals from using fraudulent identification to board a plane, for example. REAL ID full enforcement will begin October 1, 2020, so travelers should prepare to bring proper identification to get through security.For more information on REAL ID, visit tsa.gov/real-id. Visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out how to...

TSA Week in Review: October 7 - November 3

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-11-06 12:28
Between October 7 and November 3, TSA screened 65 million passengers and found 374 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 374 firearms discovered, 333 were loaded and 118 had a round chambered.It was a busy October this year! We found 403 firearms last month compared to 358 in October of last year.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from October 7 to November 3 in this chart.TSA officers at Miami International Airport discovered ammunition concealed in a carry-on bag on October 31, 2019. The passenger admitted that they hid ammunition in the pull handle of their checked bag pictured on the right. There is a better and proper way to transport ammunition in checked baggage. Attempting to conceal prohibited items from TSA officers can result in a civil penalty or even arrest.Charge! A budding military weapons collector thought it was okay to pack an empty grenade, fixed bladed knife and a bayonet in their carry-on rucksack. This turned out to be a Major Faux Pas! A Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County security checkpoint lane was closed for approximately 24 minutes on October 12 while explosive specialists cleared the alarm.Here is your mission if you are willing to accept it: check TSA’s What can...

Creep-in It Real With These Halloween Travel Tips

TSA Blog - Tue, 2019-10-29 08:07
Are you traveling for a spooky-good time on October 31st? We’ve collected our frequently asked Halloween questions and have come up with these fang-tastic travel tips!Pumpkin to talk aboutYour holiday pumpkin, carved or whole, is good to go through the airport security checkpoint. If you plan to carve your jack-o-lantern later, you should place your carving knife in your checked luggage. Candles to light your lantern are also permitted in carry-on luggage.Trick-or-treat yourselfYour dentist may not be thrilled, but you’ll be relieved to know that candy can be transported in your carry-on bag. There’s no limit on the amount you can bring, so bring enough for all those festive trick-or-treaters!Don’t hide your faceHalloween masks are fun to wear, but you cannot wear them during the checkpoint screening process. Wearing costumes is also generally discouraged as they can result in alarms that must be resolved. You’ll have to prove your identity with proper form of identification before being allowed to proceed. Beware of the scary stuffReplica knives, hatches, grenades, bombs are NEVER allowed in your carry-on.  Attempting to bring in such an item could cause major delays at a checkpoint.Did we cover it all? Probably not, but if you have additional questions we have several ways to get you your answer! Check out our “What Can I Bring” page  for proper packing information on many common items. You can also download the MyTSA app for helpful travel tips and airport-specific...

TSA Week in Review: September 23 - October 6

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-10-10 10:02
Between September 23 and October 6, TSA screened 32 million passengers and found 206 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 206 firearms discovered, 176 were loaded and 60 had a round chambered.We found 391 firearms in September, 34 more firearms in September this year compared to 2018.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from September 23 to October 6 in this chart.This Nashville International Airport passenger really wanted to bring razors on his trip. But what really got the passenger in trouble was hiding those razors in a tin of shoe wax, then packing them in a carry-on bag. In the words of the great Mr. Miyagi, “Wax-on, wax-off.” Do not attempt to hide prohibited items from TSA officers. While the passenger won’t have to wax any cars, he/she may be facing a sharp civil penalty.Safety razor blades aren’t allowed in carry-on bags, but they can easily be packed in your checked bags. If you don’t want to pay the fee, then invest in some disposable razors when you travel! Read our blog all about razors.Two passengers thought, “A grenade in my bag? Meh, no big deal!” They now both face civil penalties. These empty replica grenades aren’t allowed in carry-on or checked bags. Just leave them at...

How TSA is Answering the Call

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-10-09 15:43
Each year, the first full week of October is designated as Customer Service Week. It’s an opportunity to highlight the people that serve and support customers on a daily basis. We at the Transportation Security Administration pride ourselves in being customer focused. TSA is always here to help, from the planning phase of the trip to a safe arrival at your destination. As part of our customer service efforts, we’d like highlight the ways we can be of assistance to you.Before your trip…AskTSA:Unsure if a certain item can be carried through the security checkpoint and onto a flight? Or have you forgotten a personal item at the screening process? The AskTSA customer care team is dedicated to answering all of you your travel related questions. They can provide guidance on prohibited and permitted items, resolve TSA Pre✓® issues, and so much more!  AskTSA is available daily on Twitter and Facebook to provide assistance before, during, and after your travels.Social Media:Many frequent flyers and travel enthusiasts are already following TSA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Our social media team offers daily content filled with helpful travel tips and behind the scenes information. Check out our TSA YouTube channel for videos on what to expect at the checkpoint, a glimpse at some of the strange things brought to the checkpoint in our “They Brought What?” series, and an inside look at TSA’s mission.TSA Cares:For those who are traveling with a disability, medical condition, or any...

Ready? REAL ID Enforcement Begins in One Year

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-10-03 10:27
By now, you may have heard the term “REAL ID” and how you will need one to travel. But in case you haven’t, here is a quick backstory.Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, establishing minimum security standards for federal and state-issued IDs, like your driver’s license or identification card. Enforcement of the act will make it more difficult for the bad guys to get on airplanes, making travel safer for everyone.Now that you know the background, we want to stress two important points: REAL ID enforcement will begin on October 1, 2020, and you MUST have a REAL ID-compliant form of identification or another form of acceptable ID in order to board a flight. If we cannot verify your identity, you will not be permitted to enter the airport security checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.In spite of this fast-approaching enforcement date, it’s estimated that only 27% of U.S. citizens currently have a state-issued identification that meets the REAL ID requirements. Be sure you don’t get stuck at the airport without proper ID next year. The time to prepare is now.Check for the star.So, what can you do to ensure you are ready for the REAL ID enforcement deadline? Begin by checking for a star. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identifications will have a star icon, similar to the examples below, displayed on the top front of the card.How to get a REAL ID?If your license isn’t compliant, you still have time before the October 1, 2020, deadline. Your state driver’s...

TSA Week in Review: September 16 - 22

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-09-25 08:58
Between September 16 and 22, TSA screened 16 million passengers and found 91 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 91 firearms discovered, 82 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from September 16 to 22 in this chart.What’s worse than packing an empty grenade in your checked bag? How about packing two realistic grenades in your checked bags! Double your prices, double your civil penalty – not double the fun – with two explosive devices.But seriously, don’t pack anything that looks like an explosive device. When our officers discover a potential explosive threat, they’ll request an explosives specialist. That can mean evacuations, delays, missed flights and just a general pain for everyone involved.These two empty grenades were discovered by TSA officers at Norfolk International Airport during checked baggage screening on September 17.What we have here are two blades and a flare pen gun. The Police said the flare gun is used to send out an SOS to the world. We hope you get the message in the bottle that flares of any type are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags because they contain explosive material. You can pack knives in your checked bags.These...

TSA Week in Review: August 26 – September 15

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-09-18 13:42
Between August 26 and September 15, TSA screened 45.8 million passengers and found 253 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 253 firearms discovered, 225 were loaded and 84 had a round chambered.During the month of August, we discovered 329 firearms, which is 49 firearms less than the same month a year ago. Through August we found two more firearms compared to last year. Bringing a firearm is still a big problem, but it doesn’t appear to be increasing as we’ve seen over the last 10 years.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from August 26 to September 15 in this chart.What in tarnation? A passenger at JFK on Tuesday brought a .45 caliber firearm concealed inside a block of tar. We’re not making this up! Officers had to beat the tar out of the box to secure the firearm. You could say he really got himself into a sticky situation…ba dum tss!But seriously, don’t do this! If you must pack your heat, kindly place it in your checked bags and declare it to your airline. Before placing in your checked bag, make sure it is unloaded and packed in a locked hard sided case. See our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.“Excuse me TSA officer, that grenade in my carry...

TSA Week in Review: August 19 - 25

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-08-28 08:44
Monday was National Dog Day! We held the Cutest TSA Explosives Detection K9 Contest on our Instagram page. The winner was Alfie from Sky Harbor International Airport-Phoenix (PHX). Congratulations to Alfie and all TSA canines, because in my book they are all the cutest! Alfie wins the distinct pleasure of being the judge of which fast food chain has the best tasting fried chicken sandwich. Kidding! Seriously though, all of TSA’s canines have a hard job – sniffing out potential explosive threats to keep you safe when traveling.TSA currently has more than 1,000 explosives detection canine teams deployed nationwide tasked with screening passengers, cargo, mass-transit and maritime systems and supporting other security missions. Each dog is specially trained to detect the scent of explosive materials. They are paired with TSA handlers and use their keen sense of smell when working in and around travelers and their belongings in busy transportation environments, including airports. Learn more about TSA’s explosives detection canine training program.Between August 19 and 25, TSA screened 16.7 million passengers and found 69 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 69 firearms discovered, 59 were loaded and 23 had a round chambered.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and...

TSA Week in Review: August 12 - 18

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-08-21 10:32
I went fishing last weekend and caught a whopper of a fish. I didn’t have my camera though so you’ll just have to trust me ;) Lucky for you, our officers did have their cameras when we caught these whoppers!If you’re angling to get in one more fishing trip before the end of summer, here are some travel tips that you can reely sink your hook into!Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.Between August 12 and 18, TSA screened 17.2 million passengers and found 85 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 85 firearms discovered, 77 were loaded and 33 had a round chambered.See all firearm discoveries from August 12 to 18 in this chart.It just wouldn’t be a glamping trip without your propane, hatchet and lighter fluid. But before you head off for a weekend in your yurt chalet take a minute to see which of these items you can and can’t fly with. Hint: the only purpose for propane and lighter fluid to exist is to be flammable so they’re prohibited on a plane – in carry-on or checked bags. Just buy it when you get there. Hatchets and machetes are allowed in your checked bags.Pictured above:Two propane tanks discovered at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport on August 14.A hatchet was found at Chicago O’Hare International Airport...

TSA Week in Review: August 5 - 11

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-08-15 08:34
Last weekend my fiancé and I went to the Maine Wildlife Park for the first time. As the entrance line moved slowly forward, I saw a small sign that said, “cash only.” Being the cliché millennial, I, of course, only had a debit card. My heart sank. I thought, this must be how some first time flyers feel when they arrive to the airport with an unknown prohibited item in their carry-on bag. Luckily, my fiancé had cash and first time flyers have this blog!Use our What Can I Bring? tool to do some quick research on what items you’re allowed to bring and whether you should pack them in your carry-on or checked bag. If you can’t find an answer there just send us a message on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll be happy to help!You can also learn few lessons from the incidents highlighted below.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.Between August 5 and 11, TSA screened 17.7 million passengers and found 77 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 77 firearms discovered, 66 were loaded and 28 had a round chambered.See all firearm discoveries from August 5 to 11 in this chart.Who would think that placing these items in your bag would be okay?! I’ll just let the TSA know that it isn’t real and everything will be okay! Wrong! If we suspect...

TSA Week in Review: July 22 - August 4

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-08-08 15:20
Sorry I missed you all last week. Sometimes you just need some down time. While I was off, our officers were busy stopping dangerous items from making their way on to commercial aircrafts. Below are some of the items they stopped.In July we found 389 firearms which is 5 fewer firearms than last year. Yay?!Between July 22 and August 4, TSA screened 36.3 million passengers and found 157 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 157 firearms discovered, 135 were loaded and 57 had a round chambered.Don’t pack your firearm in your carry-on bag. Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from July 22 to August 4 in this chart. When I give flowers to my fiancé, it’s usually to send the message that I love her. I wonder what message this passenger was trying to send? I love you, but… In any case, concealing a prohibited item from TSA officers may lead to an arrest or civil penalty. Plus, knives are allowed in your checked bag. I can guarantee that the civil penalty will be more than the cost of a checked bag. This was discovered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 23.Can you tell which grenades are fake and which are real? It’s difficult right? This is why we don’t allow any item that resembles an explosive device through security. When we...
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