Tips to help flying holiday travelers

Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002

The Transportation Security Administration offers the following tips to holiday travelers to keep airport security lines short and stress levels low:

The equipment used for screening checked baggage will damage undeveloped film. Travelers should remove all undeveloped film from their checked baggage and place it in their carry-on baggage.

Travelers should avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling.

Travelers should avoid putting metal items in their pockets. Instead, they should put jewelry and other metal items in their carry-on bags until they clear security.

Travelers should pack their outer coat or jacket in their baggage when possible because outer coats must go through the X-ray machine for inspection at security checkpoints.

Travelers should bring a boarding pass, ticket or ticket confirmation, such as a printed itinerary, and a government-issued photo identification to all security checkpoints. Children under the age of 18 are not required to have an ID.

Travelers should not bring drinks or other liquids to security checkpoints unless they are in paper or polystyrene -- like Styrofoam -- containers, or are in sealed or sealable, spill-proof containers.

At the passenger security checkpoint, travelers must take out their laptop computer and put it in a bin separate from the carrying case.

Travelers should not bring food to security checkpoints unless it is wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are allowed.

Wrapped gifts may need to be opened for inspection in both checked and carry-on bags. Travelers are advised to leave gifts unwrapped when flying.

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