Saturday, December 30, 2006

Air travel tips

Air travel tips. Pack liquids, gels and aerosols in your checked baggage. For a short trip use the 3-1-1 for carry-ons: 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding 3 ounces or smaller containers of liquids or gels. Each traveler is limited to 1 clear plastic bag of liquids. Learn more at Air travel blog »

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Allowable and prohibited items

Just how many "illegal" objects are being confiscated at U.S. airports since security has gotten tighter? Would you believe almost 5 million prohibited items have been collected at the nation's 429 commercial airports.

If you think you might check out the lost and found on the way back into town from your last flight to find your favorite gold-plated tweezers snatched at check-in, think again. Instead try eBay or your local not-for-profit organizations.

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) the agency created after September 11th to protect the nation's transportation systems and to ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce, is charged with the disposal of abandoned property. Their regulations allow for state agencies responsible for disposal of such items to donate or sell these confiscated items.

Portland, Oregon's Port Authority is one such department who has recently changed its policy from donating "voluntarily abandoned items" to not-for-profit organization to selling such items on eBay with profits going to the state coffers. It remains unclear as to how long the state may continue this practice since the first auction yielded a high bid of only $15.00 (which included several batches of items including 11 Swiss-Army style knives).

To find out what the latest allowable and prohibited items are visit the TSA website. To avoid the hassle and the airport check-in delay, be sure to review the tips for getting through airport security on our website.

Warning: Civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation in addition to criminal penalties are being enforced to those passengers who knowingly attempt to carry banned items. And the fines are being enforced! Often for having a bad attitude! I can't over emphasis the seriousness of this warning. $150 to $300 for a forgotten wedding cake knife!

Help might be on the front as Oregon's U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, the raking Democrat on the House aviation subcommittee, is looking into the practices and fines levied by the TSA.

Since February 2002, the following have been intercepted at airports: (I ask this question, "what are people thinking?")
1,650 Firearms!!!!!
nearly 1.4 million knives,
nearly 2.4 million other sharp objects including scissors,
39,842 box cutters,
125,273 incendiary or flammable objects, and
5,666 clubs, bats, and bludgeons!
Source: Transportation Security Administration

Friday, December 15, 2006

Tips for Christmas Travellers

Tips for Christmas Travellers

Times Online -busy, with the peak on Friday, when 194,000 people will pass through the airport, 30The system was already struggling at Heathrow yesterday, with queues for check-inincluding creams, pastes and sprays, through security in a clear plastic bag, as liquids in bottles smaller than 100ml contained within a small(20cm x 20cm) re-sealable clear plastic bagPack and prepare your luggage at homebefore you leave for the airport. - Passengers should always check. An 11th-grader brought a rifle to school in a large duffel bag and shot himself to death in a hallway Tuesday morning between classes. No one else was injured in the 9 a.m. shooting at Springfield Township

United Airlines Offers Customers Its Top Three Travel Tips for Customers with electronic tickets can use Easy Check-in kiosks and curbside service to expedite airport check-inmust be in 3-ounce-sized containers or smaller and placed in a single, one-quart, clear, zip-top plastic bag. Know airport rules Tb News Source Web Posted: 12/13/2006 5:38:29 PM With the holidayand what you're able to board with is a good step to ensure a quick security check.or hair gel should pack their stuff in a one litre, resealable plastic bag, but Travelers also may be able to buy bubble wrap and a shipping envelope and mail a package from the airport post office; or purchase a bag, wrap it in bubble wrap, and check it. But time is an issue. ''We would never want someone to have to part with a 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bagCheck travel conditions around the Houston area. Get a realtime Houston areaCheck arriving and departing flights at Bush IAH and Hobby Airport.

Tips on Tipping... Expert Advice

Airplanes, although the skycap (luggage porter) at the airport is given two dollars per bag checked. When on a cruise, each steamship company has its own gratuity system and most provide passengers with a list of recommendations.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Check-in Requirements

Knowing which documents to bring with you and when to arrive at the airport will help to ensure a hassle-free trip.
When to Arrive at the Airport
What You'll Need
When to Arrive at the Airport

Advisory: New security measures have been implemented which necessitate an earlier arrival. See Security Checkpoints for details.

To get a general idea of when you should arrive at the airport, add the required check-in time below to the current security wait time.

If you are traveling as a Delta customer on one of our codeshare partners, check in with that codeshare carrier.
Travel Inside the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

You must be checked in and at the gate at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

If you are checking bags, your baggage must be checked in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time unless you're traveling from one of the following cities:

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Airport Check Bag News

Online Check-in
Daily Mail - All you need to do when you get to the airport is deposit your bags at the Fast Bag Drop, where our friendly, helpful staff will be on hand to show you how everything works. What's more, BA is extending its Online Check-in service to all of its long ...

How to keep your cool at the airport
Canton Repository - ... where you were going to park (or how you were going to get to the airport), threw all your liquids in a clear plastic bag ... The stress at the airport isn’t the delays, the long lines, the security check in, it’s what’s going on in your head ...

Washington Post - Since Smith's bag weighs 10 pounds empty, she was limited to packing a book and a ... Check your airline's Web site for limits on both carry-on and checked bags, because ... The U.S. embassy has received frantic calls from Americans stuck at the airport ...
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Holiday travel: Know the rules, be flexible
CNN - ... small, travel-size containers (3 ounces or less) on board in a single one-quart zip-top plastic bag ... Check with your airline for recommendations on how much time to allow for check-in and security screening and get to the airport in plenty of time.

Tightening travel security
Medford Mail Tribune - ... devices should make holiday travel a little easier at the Medford airport. "They are ... The two Reveal CT-80 scanners cost $285,000 each and are designed to check up to ... If the object can't be identified, security officials will open the bag to ...
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