Airport Security and Passport Update
Update from Anthony Travel
As a new school year begins and your athletic teams and coaches start to travel, there are a few things to keep in mind concerning the recently revised airport security measures from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Below are some key points to remember as your teams hit the road.
Before the Airport
- Do not pack any liquids or gels in your carry-on baggage. Place these items in your checked baggage.
- Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on baggage only.
- Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal.
- Pack your coats and jackets in your baggage when possible.
- Laptop computers, cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, digital assistants (PDAs) and other portable electronic devices are allowed on board an aircraft.
- Do not bring lighters or matches to the airport.
- Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on.
- If you want to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.
- Do not pack wrapped gifts or bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint.
At the Airport
- Arrive early
- All passengers must go through security checkpoints.
- All ALL checked luggage is screened.
- Keep your photo ID and boarding pass handy.
- Remove your shoes before entering the metal detector.
- Place the following items in your carry-on baggage or in a plastic bag prior to entering the screening checkpoint:
- Mobile phones
- Loose change
- MP3 players
- Large belt buckles
- Money clips
- Metal hair decorations
- Large amounts of jewelry
- Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes out of their cases and place them in the bin.
- Take off all outer coats, suit coats, jackets and blazers.
These policies apply to ALL flights departing from or arriving in the United States. While it’s possible that the restrictions will eventually be eased, more than likely, travelers will simply have to adapt.
Admittedly, all this information can be confusing. When in doubt, your Anthony Travel agent will be more than happy to address your questions and clarify policies, or go to tsa.gov for the most recent updates.
New Passport Requirements
Please be advised that effective January 8, 2007, all travelers going to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada via air and sea MUST have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.
Beginning January 1, 2008, this requirement will be extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.
These changes will affect all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports.
Visit the Anthony Travel office in LaFortune Student Center for passport photos and applications.