TSA's helpful hints for Labor Day travelers

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National Press Release
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — With over 2.6 million travelers expected to fly over the Labor Day travel period, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds travelers to prepare and plan ahead for the security screening process by using TSA.gov.

TSA screens approximately 1.8 million passengers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. During major holidays, including the Labor Day travel period, TSA sees a spike in the number of passengers screened at checkpoints throughout the country.  According to the AAA, airports and airlines anticipate more than 2.6 million air travelers nationwide during this holiday period, a three percent increase over 2012.

Passenger preparedness can have a significant impact on wait times at security checkpoints nationwide. To alleviate confusion at the security checkpoint, TSA is reminding travelers of the following tips:

  • 3-1-1 for liquids: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in 1 quart size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening.

  • Check for prohibited items: Travelers can use the “Can I bring my...” app to check what items are allowed/not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. Smartphone users can easily download the “My TSA” app to quickly find helpful information about TSA policies and procedures.

  • Prepare for security: Have a U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID and boarding pass out and remove liquids and large electronics, including laptops, from carry-on baggage. Remember to remove shoes, outerwear, and bulky jewelry and empty pockets. Place valuable items in a carry-on bag.

  •  Know before you go: Check out TSA’s helpful Traveler Information site for more useful information to help ease the traveling public through security checkpoints.

  • TSA Pre™: TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines to receive expedited screening benefits. Eligible travelers may be able to take advantage of TSA Pre✓™ at 40 airports nationwide. Additionally, TSA now offers TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening benefits to active duty service members at 10 U.S. airports.

  • TSA’s Wounded Warrior Screening program: This program allows expedited screening and curb to gate service for this trusted group of citizens. Wounded warriors or their care coordinators can contact TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with details of the itinerary once flight arrangements are made with the airline. In addition, at airport checkpoints nationwide, U.S. service personnel in uniform with proper identification, whether traveling on official orders or not, are not required to remove their shoes or boots unless they alarm the technology.

For further questions about TSA procedures and upcoming travel, or to provide feedback or voice concerns, please call the TSA Contact Center (TCC) at 1-866-289-9673

Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227, 72 hours prior to traveling with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. A TSA Cares helpline representative is available during all TSA Contact Center hours.