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TSA Labor Day Travel Tips 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015
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Labor Day is quickly approaching! Whatever it is you’re doing for the holiday, if you’re traveling by commercial aircraft, here are some tips and links that will help get you on your way.

Airplane

Preparing for travel can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn travel tips for your next flight with these short videos. Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by viewing the prohibited items page. Pack smart and get through the line faster!

prohibited items

Double Check: If you’re grabbing a bag, suitcase, briefcase, jacket and other items you haven’t used in a while, be sure to give them the onceover so you don’t accidentally take something prohibited at the checkpoint. Many people who have brought guns, ammunition, knives and other prohibited item say that they did so unknowingly.

Batteries

Batteries: You can’t go anywhere without some kind of battery these days. Read this post to learn about what types of batteries you can travel with.

Foods: Cakes, pies, bread, donuts, turkeys, etc., are all permitted. Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags or shipped: cranberry sauce, creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.), gift baskets with liquid or gel food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings), gravy, jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.

Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer, and all of your favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz. or less bottles in a baggie in your carry-on bag.

Blades

Blades: Anything with blades, points or spikes should be placed in your checked baggage. This includes knives of all sizes, and blender and food processor blades. Nail clippers and corkscrews are permitted, but models with blades attached are prohibited.

Marshmallo

Camping, Backpacking, or Fishing: If you’re heading to the great outdoors, be sure to check out this post for tips on traveling with camping and fishing gear.

Deodorant: Gel and spray deodorants are limited to 3.4 oz. or less but stick deodorant is not.

Lose Something? Find the lost & found contacts for each airport.

Makeup cosmetics

Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc., should be placed in the 3-1-1 liquids bag. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine. Read more!

Forgotten or Lost IDs: If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you may still be permitted to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions. Read this post for more information.

Medication: One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication?” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers. Read these tips about traveling medication.

Shaving Razors: You can get more information from our blog post on this subject with pictures that will help answer your questions.

Sporting Goods Icons

Sporting Goods: Golf clubs, baseball bats, cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, scuba knives, spear guns, etc., are all prohibited from being carried onto the plane. However, you can place them in your checked baggage. Read more!

Traveling With Children: Did you know children 12 and under can keep their shoes on?If you’re going on a family trip this summer, read about traveling with children.

TSA Recognized Locks: Want to lock your checked baggage? Be sure to read this post first.

TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at (855) 787-2227 with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. In addition, injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

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TSA Pre✓®: TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening either as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group. It’s available at more than 150 airports with 12 participating airlines. Learn how to apply.

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bobby must be on vacation and no one else at TSA is able to put together the weekly report.

OR ----- the weekly roundup has been discontinued, finally. Is that too much to hope for?

Submitted by Anonymous on

one is legal, constitutional and non sexual in any way shape or form."

Really? A complete stranger forcing me to let them rub my genitals and stick their hands in my pants is not sexual in any way, shape, or form?

No over acting on your part huh?
Nobody "rubs" your junk, nobody "sticks their hands in your pants" If using the back of their hand 2 inches from your zipper line and putting fingers inside your wasteline is "sexual" you may need to see someone about it.

Submitted by Anonymous on

all medication is allowed. It may get tested, but no medication will be refused. Perhaps an officer made a mistake once and did not allow nitro pills to go, but they are absolutely allowed. But you knew that

September 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM
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Not true.

Clear Care products used to maintain contact lenses are not permitted.
sure they are. I take mine every time I travel. They just cannot be peroxide based (red cap)

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Susan sez - ""Possibly unverifiable information?" Give us a break! Are you telling us that neither you personally nor the TSA administration know that no where near 18 million people per day go through TSA checkpoints?"

That was not the gist of what I was saying, I gave an all encompassing statement that we accept comments from anonymous or named individuals that contain information that may or may not be true. Read the original statement one more time " You mean why did I allow a comment by an anon or pseudo handle post a comment that has some possibly unverifiable information or opinion in it?"

It is a terrible sentence and I am sorry that I missed it while proofing. The sentence was actually supposed to be "You mean why did I allow an anon or pseudo named handle post comments that have possibly unverifiable information or opinion in it?".

Susan also sez - "Perhaps if questions were responded to, the quality of the dialog would be better.

Instead, you've just used TSA SOP and blamed others for the blog's lack of quality."

Wow, you read way to much into that. It was merely indicating that people that post for TSA, people that post against TSA and neutral people posting all include opinion or unverifiable information with great frequency.

RB sez - "TSA had and still has the authority to change screening rules and policies but folded like a wet piece of paper on this matter."

TSA does not have the ability to override the houses of Congress, which is what was in the brew if they pushed the issue. When confronted with Congressional members and legislative possibilities, TSA leadership made the most logical choice and did not make the proposed changes.

West
TSA Blog Team



Submitted by Anonymous on

Under what governmental authority are you claiming you have the right and knowledge to say, "all medication is allowed" through a TSA screening area?
tsa.tov Almost every question asked here can be answered on that site.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Anon sez - "West, you know the difference between the American public's comments and the Bold TSApologist."

Actually, I know nothing more about their comments than I know about yours. Both sets contain opinion and sometimes information that is not verifiable, both come from anonymous accounts - ergo, when both meet the posting guidelines, they are posted.

As indicated before, any information included in comments not from recognized Blog Team members are not considered the official opinion/position or carry the endorsement of TSA.

West
TSA blog Team

Submitted by Anonymous on

West, you know the difference between the American public's comments and the Bold TSApologist. We aren't acting like we are TSA employees. We don't act like we are speaking for the TSA. We don't claim to know 'super secret stuff' that only TSA employees allegedly know.

She constantly speaks FOR and AS the TSA on this blotter. You allow her to answer the public's questions FOR and AS the TSA.

You know this is happening, yet you allow her to do so. She is speaking for the TSA, despite your assertions that she does not. Your actions do not match your words.

Why do you allow this, West?

let me be perfectly clear on this. My responses in NO WAY represent the views opinions or policies of TSA. I IN NO WAY represent TSA and have NO authority to speak on their behalf.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why do you post comments that appear to speak on behalf of TSA if the posters of those comments are not, in fact, authorized to do so?

Submitted by Anonymous on
just a little commentary on my part here. Many folks spend way to much time worrying about me. I, like you are a concerned citizen of this once great country. I happen to disagree with much of the OPINION posted on this site and I in turn post my OPINION on what is really going on. Some post about TSA officers being clerks, not officers. That is an opinion that happens to be false but I don't demand to know who you are nor do I call for Bob to delete your posting. Some suggest that all TSA officers are thieves and idiots. That again is an opinion that I will argue until the end of time. But I wont call for your removal. Some make claims that a one time incident is TSA policy. Clearly another opinion.
I am happy to see that hard work being done by underpaid over worked TSA officers is keeping our country safe. Many will disagree with that opinion. We are both right in our own minds. TSA officers in many cases make less than what is paid by welfare. TSA officers are tested each and every year on many different areas of their jobs. If they fail, they are fired. TSA officers work under very stressful conditions and are shown little appreciation for what they do. Are mistakes made, of course. Just like with any other job out there, mistakes are made. and like any business or profession, bad people hold official positions. Over all, TSA officers are honest hard working people like you and I and do their jobs to the best of their ability.
As stated many times before, to date, there have been no terror attacks attempted on an American based flight that we know of. But we have no way OF KNOWING IF THEY HAVE BEEN THWARTED BY tsa AND THE tsa policies. Had the 9/11 hijackers stopped the box cutters, nobody would have ever known that largest terror attack in history was stopped. For all we know, an even larger terror attack has been stopped by TSA. May one of those guns caught was intended on killing a flight attendant. we just don't know. Maybe a realistic replica grenade was intended on being used to divert an aircraft somewhere. We just don't know.
I will continue to defend the job TSA is doing. With facts as I know them and opinion based on what I believe to be true.
Have a wonderful day and thanks TSA for all you do.
Submitted by Anonymous on

Can anybody explain to me how a pie is allowed through security yet so many other liquids and gels are not? There has to be more than 3.4 oz of liquids or gels in a normal size pie. It seems wrong that someone can bring a pie but a 6 oz juice box is prohibited.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA does not have the ability to override the houses of Congress, which is what was in the brew...

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And yet, TSA has no problem lying to Congress and ignoring court orders. Funny, that.

Submitted by RB on
"TSA does not have the ability to override the houses of Congress, which is what was in the brew if they pushed the issue. When confronted with Congressional members and legislative possibilities, TSA leadership made the most logical choice and did not make the proposed changes.

West
TSA Blog Team

Was it? Name the bill that was proposed or on the floor.
Submitted by RB on
?As always, anyone posting under an anonymous handle, a chosen handle, their own name or name du jour is allowed to post what they wish to say (as long as they follow the guidelines, of course). These folks (to include you) are free to post without any fear of repercussion from us. We also like to see our posters be courteous to each other, however, that does not always seem to be the case from some of our posters.
West
TSA Blog Team
September 13, 2015 at 9:06 AM"

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"Regarding bolded statement.

Absolutely a false statement.

I have had many comments censored by TSA, and I suspect by you directly West, that fully complied with the illegal posting guidelines.

How many times have you censored a certain TSA parody youtube clip that I have submitted multiple times?

Posted by RB
September 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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Anyone notice that West did not dispute my claim of his or TSA's dishonesty nor did he address my specific remark of the TSA Pardoy YouTube video being censored multiple times?

If the words are from TSA those words are probably not the whole truth or even a little bit of the truth.

How many comments assert that the TSA Blog Team is censoring comments without cause?

Not only is censorship by the federal government and its employees a civil rights violation it is a federal crime chargeable in a court of law.

West you stand accused!
Submitted by Susan Richart on

Getting a bit testy, West, after being called out by several different posters?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

GSOLTSO said...
SSSS sez - "Is arbitrary rules with arbitrary enforcement a part of your layer cake of security?"

If you will recall, TSA attempted to change the rules about knives and some other items on the prohibited items list, and was met with several complaints from airline employees, and political members, which ended that process before it even went into effect.


I do recall that very thing. The Service Workers Union was, if I remember correctly, the loudest voice in the issue claiming the flight staff would be at greater risk from the passengers. I also recall asking the question of what are the staff doing in the first place that would make the travelling public want to hurt them?

And....

That little stroll down memory lane still doesn't answer the question of the TSA's arbitrary enforcement of rules being part of the layer cake of security. Why is my pocket knife prohibited but my knitting needles are not? I could kill someone much quicker with my knitting needles than I could with my little two-inch lock-back.

Submitted by RB on

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "West, you know the difference between the American public's comments and the Bold TSApologist."

"Actually, I know nothing more about their comments than I know about yours. Both sets contain opinion and sometimes information that is not verifiable, both come from anonymous accounts - ergo, when both meet the posting guidelines, they are posted. As indicated before, any information included in comments not from recognized Blog Team members are not considered the official opinion/position or carry the endorsement of TSA."
WestTSA blog TeamSeptember 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

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Exactly who are the recognized Blog Team members? When has Lynn or Bob last posted and you once alluded to others at TSA who had access to the TSA Blog, so who are they?

By not correcting posters like Bold Blotter it seems that TSA endorses those remarks.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Under what governmental authority are you claiming you have the right and knowledge to say, "all medication is allowed" through a TSA screening area?
tsa.tov Almost every question asked here can be answered on that site.

I went the link you indicated and didn't see an answer to the question about Liquids. You seen to know a lot so maybe you can answer..... why is 16 ounces in a soda bottle prohibited, but seven different 3 ounce bottles in a zippy bag acceptable?

Is it the zippy bag that renders the fluids safe? Or something else? Is it some sort of chemical combination of the smaller containers combined with the zippy bag?

Maybe you could answer why if the bottles of liquids over three ounces are to dangerous to go through security but aren't dangerous enough to do anything other than toss them in the regular rubbish bin?

If the tsa website can't answer these questions, maybe you can. And if not you mr Bold posting person, maybe you could recommend someone who can answer these questions because lots of people would like to know the answer.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I submitted a post that clearly called out the bold-posting TSApologist on the "medicines are always allowed to fly" issue-- linking to multiple verified instances in which TSOs felt that their WHOLE WEEK of super-rigorous training (and week-and-a-half of OJT!) made them more qualified as medical professionals than ACTUAL DOCTORS, and refused to allow people the use of medically-necessary liquids, medications, and supplies.

West and Bobby have censored it, despite the fact that it meets blog policy.

West and Bobby are unwilling to handle criticism based on FACTS, and prefer to live in their fantasy world where the TSA is "well-trained", "professional", and "held to the highest standards"-- despite the fact that TSOs fail at their only job function 19 times out of 20, are known for being short-fused and belligerent, and get away with misbehavior that would have a person FIRED from nearly any other organization in America.

Keep on fighting the good fight, West and Bobby! Who needs integrity to back up your ideas when you can just CENSOR opposing viewpoints and pretend that the verifiable and well-known about the TSA's utter failures simply don't exist?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Bold Blotter person wrote: "I will continue to defend the job TSA is doing. With facts as I know them..."

A little time to do some research before posting should be a huge help to you and your "facts."

Submitted by Susan Richart on

He also wrote: "Had the 9/11 hijackers stopped the box cutters,....."

You also might review your writings before you submit them. And yes, we would have known because the FBI was already on to the group but, unfortunately 2+2 had not yet been put together and a specific warning was ignored. Again, fella, do some reading and gather some facts prior to posting.

Submitted by Anonymous on

West can't handle the heat of getting called out for failing spectacularly at his job, so he's being snippy, censoring valid comments, and refusing to engage on the issues.

He's a perfect TSA microcosm!

Submitted by Anonymous on

No reply, West?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bold TSApologist, it is good to see you say again that you are not a TSA employee. Sadly, you will also continue posting as if you are a TSA employee.

You still have not said whether it is a friend or a family member of yours who works for the TSA. The one you insist is "over worked and underpaid." The I one you appear to speak for when you post as a TSA employee.

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Bold TSApologist, it is good to see you say again that you are not a TSA employee. Sadly, you will also continue posting as if you are a TSA employee.

You still have not said whether it is a friend or a family member of yours who works for the TSA. The one you insist is "over worked and underpaid." The I one you appear to speak for when you post as a TSA employee.

September 16, 2015 at 2:34 AM
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I don't recall that it claimed not to be a TSA employee, just that it doesn't speak for TSA which seems to be in dispute.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Yes they can drink liquor from small bottles, Nick. It isn't about monitoring alcohol intake. It's about overpriced sales.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Previously, she claimed to not be a TSA employee. I can look up the specific comment if needed.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

RB sez - "West you stand accused!"

I have been accused before, usually by folks that submit comments that violate the Blog guidelines. I hold to the published guidelines, have held to them and will keep doing so - if you have comments that are not being published, they are being deemed in violation of the posted blog guidelines.

Susan sez - "Getting a bit testy, West, after being called out by several different posters?"

Not even remotely. I am just tickled pink to be here and helping out! Please fire away, I am singularly content with my lot in life.

SSSS sez - "Why is my pocket knife prohibited but my knitting needles are not? I could kill someone much quicker with my knitting needles than I could with my little two-inch lock-back."

I have no answer for you other than one is deemed ok, the other is not. I was not around when they made those determinations, although knives have been prohibs for as long as I have been here. FWIW, I was in favor of the rules changes, but it appears that is not to be at this time.

RB sez - "Exactly who are the recognized Blog Team members? When has Lynn or Bob last posted and you once alluded to others at TSA who had access to the TSA Blog, so who are they?"

Currently, the Blog team lineup is Bob, Lynn and myself. The other folks that have access are determined by HQ, and most likely include folks that can access the account in case of emergency or in case the team needs something posted while one of the team members are unavailable. I can give you no list of folks, as I am at GSO, not HQ.

Anon sez - " He's a perfect TSA microcosm!"

Sweet! I got a perfect rating!

Anon sez - "No reply, West?"

Several of them, just read above.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Anonymous on

WEST, you did NOT reply to my questions of Sept 13 @ 11:23pm, so your casual quip above does not count.

Submitted by Anonymous on

West "sez" if you have comments that are not being published, they are being deemed in violation of the posted blog guidelines.

That is a lie, West. An out and out lie Comments by me and many taxpayers here were deleted despite the comments meeting blotter policy.

You may not like the truth about the TSA being posted on this government website, West, but you do not have the right to delete comments that meet blog policy.

Submitted by Anonymous on

West, several times you have deleted my comments, even though they met blog policy.

It is not correct that you only delay approving and delete comments because they don't meet blog policy.

I commented when the Bold Blotter Intern appeared to comment in two different styles in one post, asking for clarification.

My comment was deleted.

I followed up on the false association between the tragedy of 9/11/01 and the current practices of TSA screeners.

My comment was deleted.

I asked for further information on the Philly screening supervisor who had an innocent man falsely arrested.

My comment was deleted.

So many comments by so many people in the "TSA Kids" post.

So many deleted.

The list goes on and on, West.

No swearing. On topic. No mentioning of TSA employees by name (dumbest rule in the blotter policy).

You deleted my comments, West. Not for violating blog policy.

What's the real reason, West?

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