TSA Super Bowl XLIX Travel Tips

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s come down to the Patriots and the Seahawks battling it out on the gridiron for the title of Super Bowl Champions! While most watch the game on TV, many are fortunate enough to go to the actual game. So, if you’re traveling to Phoenix for Super Bowl XLIX, this post is for you!

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) ranked as the 15th busiest airport for passengers screened in 2014. On an average weekday, TSA screens 40,000 travelers through the PHX security checkpoint lanes, and 80,000 are expected to travel through PHX the day after the Super Bowl. In addition to the Super Bowl, a major PGA golf tournament will wrap up on Sunday, so there will be an influx of golf and football fans flying out on Monday. To ensure a smooth flow through the checkpoint, TSA is deploying 90 additional screening officers and increasing the number of checkpoint lanes.

Items you can’t bring on the plane… (Take a look at our “Can I Bring My…” tool and permitted/prohibited items list for more info.)

  • Air horns: Air horns are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.It’s a compressed can of air, which is prohibited. 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 detect them at the airport. Please purchase yourdrinksin Phoenix if you’re not going to check them in your baggage. You can, however, have liquids in bottles 3.4 ounces or smaller, placed in a quart-size plastic bag, per liquids guidelines. Read here for information on traveling with alcohol.
  • Propane tanks: Propane tanks contain a compressed flammable gas that can’t be brought on the plane in carry-on or checked baggage.
  • Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if there are traces of gasoline, 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.

Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operations will be held at several transportation locations in and around the Phoenix area and will serve to detect and deter suspicious activity that may pose as a threat to the traveling public. Watch this video to learn more about the many moving parts of a VIPR operation.

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 us that security is a shared responsibility. “If You See Something, Say Something™” used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

In addition to our tips, be sure to read some helpful information from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: PhoenixSky Harbor to Welcome Record Number of Super Bowl XLIX Visitors Airport Offering Travel Tips.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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