Adjusting to Air Travel Changes:
"I Will Still Fly the Skies"
editor's note: Since this story was written, the Transportation Safety Administration has changed its regulations to allow liquids and gels in containers of three ounces or less. See their website for details.
It has been almost five years minus a month since September 11, 2001, a date that changed the way we will travel forever. It is now August 11, 2006, and I am headed to the airport the day after the break-up of a terrorist plot in England to down ten planes.
The news on the radio heading up to Albany was filled with delay info for New York City airports, and as I parked the car at Albany Airport there seemed to be huge lines there also.
Until things get sorted airport changes will fluctuate, so go to the source. TSA or the Transportation Security Administration is responsible for implementing the changes leaving to reason that their website would be a good place to get last minute info.
For a complete list of banned items scroll down to the bottom of this story. The travelers most impacted are those who loved traveling without dealing with checking in bags.
It has always been my least favorite part of air travel: the dreaded security check. For now at least wear shoes that are easy to remove--loafers or sandals instead of lace-up sneakers or boots. Save your time and everyone else’s by just stripping as much as possible including belts, jewelry and change. Most of the delay caused was due to travelers who repeatedly beeped when screened.
This airport was by far the busiest I passed through, with delays from the past week just getting sorted out. It also happened to be fortuitous for me. It has been years since I played the bump game. Bumping is volunteering to surrender your space on a flight for future flight vouchers. In my case, my wife and I received a total of $800 for future travel on Southwest good for the next year and a room at a Double Tree Hotel.
On my cross country trip I really didn’t suffer due to changes much at all. I did allow for more time in airports and really just took for granted that once again vigilance is now necessary. I carried far less on board and resigned myself to include time at the baggage claim. I hydrated as much as possible while still on the ground and carried a good book to pass the time.
thought about how lucky I was that I didn’t own a Body Shop franchise at an airport. The bottom line is that I will still fly the skies!
Due to enhanced security measures most liquids, gels, lotions and other items of similar consistency are not permitted in carry-on baggage. These types of items must be packed in your checked baggage.
Liquids, gels and lotions can be purchased beyond the checkpoint but must be disposed of before boarding the aircraft.
Exceptions: Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket; up to 8 oz. of liquid or gellow blood sugar treatment and up to 4 oz. of non-prescription liquid medications.
Prohibited Make-up and Personal Items
Aerosal spray bottles and cans
Hair styling gels
Food and Drinks
Baby teethers with gel or liquid inside
Children’s toys with gel inside
Under certain circumstances, some items from the list above are permitted.
Baby formula and breast milk are allowed in your carry-on baggage or personal items. You can take these through the security checkpoints and aboard your plane. However, you must be traveling with a baby or toddler. All items including formula or breast milk will be inspected
You or your baby or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk or formula. Security Officers will not test or taste formula or breast milk.
Canned, jarred, or processed baby food is permitted in your carry-on baggage and aboard your plane.
Juice and all other liquids or gels are not permitted.
Liquids and gels, including baby formula or breast milk, may be packed in your luggage and checked with your airline. You should travel with only as much formula or breast milk needed to reach your destination.
Due to enhanced security measures most liquids, gels, lotions and other items of similar consistency will not be permitted in carry-on baggage. These types of items must be packed in your checked baggage.
However, prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket; up to 8 oz. of liquid or gel low blood sugar treatment and up to 4 oz. of non-prescription liquid medications are permitted.
If you need more than 8 oz. of liquid or gel low blood sugar treatments or 4 oz. of non-prescription medications, pack amounts in excess of those described above in your checked baggage.
Non-liquid or gel medications of all kinds such as solid pills, or inhalers are allowed through the security checkpoint once they have been screened. Please make sure your medications are labeled.
Security personnel normally x-ray medication and related supplies. However, as a customer service, you may ask that security officers visually inspect your medication and associated supplies.
You must ask for visual inspection before the screening process begins; otherwise your medications and supplies will be x-rayed.
To prevent your medication, associated supplies or fragile medical materials from contamination or damage, you will be asked to display, handle, and repack your own medication and associated supplies during visual inspection. Any medication and/or associated supplies that cannot be inspected visually will be x-rayed. If you refuse, you will not be permitted to carry your medications and related supplies into the sterile area.
The equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage undeveloped film. Pack your undeveloped film in your carry-on bag. High speed and specialty film should be hand inspected at the security checkpoint. To speed up hand inspection, remove your undeveloped film from the canister and pack it in a clear plastic bag.
You cannot bring lighters (fueled or without fuel) in carry-on luggage or on your person going through the security checkpoint.
Checked Baggage Rules
You may take up to two fueled Zippo lighters in your checked baggage if they are properly enclosed in a DOT-approved case. You can bring unlimited quantities of unfueled lighters in your checked baggage.
Department of Transportation Lighter Exemption
On June 23, 2005, the Department of Transportation (DOT) granted the Zippo Manufacturing Co an emergency exemption that allows passengers to pack up to two fueled Zippo lighters in checked luggage. The lighter must be in DOT-approved packaging. The packaging is a vapor-tight plastic box that can accommodate a single Zippo lighter. These packages must be clearly marked by their manufacturer to show that they comply with the DOT regulations. This enables TSA security officers to easily identify them during screening.
You may not bring matches in your checked baggage because of safety regulations. You may, however, bring up to four books of safety (not "strike anywhere") matches in your carry-on baggage or on your person. For safety reasons, you may not bring “strike anywhere” matches at all.
Compressed Gas Cylinders
Crematory Containers and Deceased Remains
Currency, Coins, Precious Metals, or Valuable Jewelry
Firearms & Ammunition
Food & Beverages (through security checkpoints)
Hunting & Fishing Equipment
Knitting Needles, Needlepoint & Sewing
Lighters and Matches
Photographic Equipment & Film
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