FAA Advises Air
Travelers on Airport -
Airline Security Measures
Reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
On October 8, the FAA issued the following tips to help air travelers meet
and assist the heightened security measures implemented since the
September 11 terrorist attacks. Please note that air travelers are limited
to one carry-on bag and one personal item on all flights.
Allow extra time:
heightened measures require more time to properly screen travelers.
Travelers should contact their airline to find out how early they should
arrive at the airport.
public transportation to the airport if possible. Parking and curbside
access is likely to be controlled and limited.
- Curbside check-in is available on an airline-by-airline basis. Travelers
should contact their airline to see if it is in place at their airport.
- A government-issued ID (federal, state or local) is required. Travelers
may be asked to show this ID at subsequent points, such as at the gate,
along with their boarding passes.
- Automated check-in kiosks are available for airlines that have
appropriate security measures in place. Travelers interested in this
option should check with their airline.
- E-ticket travelers should check with their airline to make sure they
have proper documentation. Written confirmation, such as a letter from
the airline acknowledging the reservation, may be required.
ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the screener checkpoints, except
for those with specific medical or parental needs.
traveler will be limited to one carry-on bag and one personal bag (i.e.,
purse or briefcase).
electronic items, such as laptops and cell phones, may be subjected to
additional screening. Be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel
case so that both can be X-rayed separately.
metal objects worn on person.
- Travelers should remove all metal objects prior to passing through the
metal detectors in order to facilitate the screening process.
Items prohibited from aircraft cabins. The following items must be placed
in, or transported as, checked baggage or risk confiscation:
- Knives of any length, composition or description
- Cutting instruments of any kind and composition, including carpet knives
and box cutters (and spare blades), any device with a folding or
retractable blade, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors, and metal
in doubt, transport item in checked baggage
- Walking canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items
are not concealed)
- Safety razors (including disposable razors)
- Syringes (with documented proof of medical need)
- Eyelash curlers
At the gate:
- Travelers must be prepared to present a valid photo identification card,
along with their boarding pass.
- Travelers and their bags may be subjected to additional screening.
At all times:
- Control all bags and personal items.
- Report any
unattended items in the airport or aircraft to the nearest airport or