Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tips for more convenient Holiday Travel

If you are traveling via air this holiday season, there are some things that you can do to make your travels more convenient and less time consuming. Happy Holidays to all!

1. Know before you go.

Familiarize yourself with the 3-1-1 rule.
The 3-1-1 refers to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) guidelines that limit each airline passenger to three ounce bottles or less, one quart-sized clear plastic zip-top bag, and one bag placed in the screening bins at security. There are some exceptions, like baby formula, milk and prescription medications. You should make sure to declare those items at the checkpoint.

2. “Simplifly” your overall security experience.

The TSA asks passengers to practice these additional measures to make the airport screening process easier:
· Pack an organized carry-on bag to help security officers see what’s in your bag. Do a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes, then toiletries.
· At the checkpoint, have your boarding pass and ID ready for inspection.
· Remove your coat and shoes and place them in a bin.
· Place larger electronics such as laptops and DVD players in a separate bin (iPods and smaller electronics can stay in your carry-on).
· When in doubt, leave it out, or check the TSA’s Web site to see the list of prohibited items: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm.

3. Two key pieces of advice for holiday travelers to remember: Come early and be patient.

Expect crowds. Be patient. By following the above tips, it will help ensure your journey starts off on a positive note. Other holiday travel tips to consider:
· Do not wrap gifts – they are subject to search.
· Most bottles of alcohol cannot be carried on due to the 3-1-1 rule.
· 3-1-1 also applies to holiday items like perfume, after shave, lotions, salad dressing, salsa, creamy dips, jams and jellies.

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