50,000 or more additional passengers are expected to travel to and from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) this weekend for Super Bowl XLVII. Arrivals at MSY will steadily increase as game day approaches, with the heaviest travel days being today through Saturday.
The busiest day at MSY will be on Monday when football fans begin their journey home. No worries though… following the big game, TSA will be operating on a 24/7 schedule so passengers can clear security and reach their gates as quickly and securely as possible. We’re also bringing in additional officers so we can double the number of open lanes at the checkpoint.
We thought it might be helpful to put together a little list with some helpful hints related to what football fans might want to know.
- Air horns: Air horns are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.It’s a compressed can of air which is prohibited, but can you imagine the reaction from passengers if one of those things went off in the cabin?
- Concealment flasks: We’ve seen them all. Binocular flasks, beer bellies, cell phone flasks, cane flasks, pen flasks, flip-flop flasks, you name it... You may be able to sneak these into concerts and sporting events, but we’ll find them at the airport. Please get yourlibationsin New Orleans if you’re not going to check them in your baggage. You can however have 3.4 oz. or less bottles of approved liquids in a baggie per liquids guidelines.
- Baltimore Ravens Fans: If you’re traveling with a live Raven, please alert your airline and check out our page on traveling with pet.
- San Francisco 49er Fans: Kaepernicking is permissible at the airport; however, gold mining implements such as pick axes and shovels are prohibited in the cabin of the aircraft.
- Propane tanks: These are a big no-no. I’m a camper, and I know how handy they are for stoves, heaters, coffee makers, etc., but they’re a compressed flammable gas that can’t be brought on the plane at all.
- Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if gasoline can be smelled, the item won’t be permitted. For propane powered items, see above.
- Food Items: Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags instead of your carry-on bags to comply with our liquids guidelines : Creamy dips and spreads, BBQ sauce, cheeses, peanut butter, salsa, jams, salad dressings, jellies, maple syrup, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.
Super Bowl fans may encounter TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams on local transportation venues, including commercial and general aviation facilities and mass transit. Teams augment other federal, state, and local transportation and law enforcement to reduce potential terrorist risks to the traveling public. TSA assets will also work with law enforcement at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the high-profile game. Fans are encouraged to report potentially dangerous situations to law enforcement or someone in authority. The Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign reminds the American public that security is a shared responsibility. "If You See Something, Say Something™" used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Let us know how we did by going to our “Super Bowl XLVII Traveler Feedbac” page.
TSA Blog Team
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