TSA Provides Updates to
Travelers for the Holiday Travel Season
November 14, 2012
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today highlighted
security procedures ahead of the busy holiday travel period and reminded
travelers about the steps they can take to be prepared for airport
security. Over the past year, TSA has implemented a number of new
risk-based security measures that enhance the passenger experience at
airports across the country.
“TSA is committed to ensuring the safety of the traveling public using
the latest processes and technologies,” said TSA Administrator John S.
Pistole. “Passengers who are prepared for security screening at the
checkpoint will help streamline the process for themselves and for other
TSA has implemented TSA Pre✓™, an expedited prescreening initiative for
known travelers and active duty service members at select airports, and
modified procedures for screening passengers 12 and under, 75 and older
and airline crewmembers to reduce, although not eliminate, the need for
Holiday Travel Tips
3–1–1 for carry-on luggage for non-exempt liquids: 3 ounce bottle or
less for all liquids, gels and aerosols; placed in a 1 quart-sized,
clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles; 1 bag per
TSA recommends that passengers do
not travel with wrapped packages. In order to determine if the contents
of a package are a threat, a security officer may need to unwrap and
inspect the item.
TSA allows small snow globes in
carry-on luggage when packed in a passenger's plastic 3-1-1 bag. Snow
globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately
tennis-ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including
the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized,
re-sealable bag as a passenger’s other liquids.
Food items such as pies and cakes
are permitted, but may require further inspection. If travelers are not
sure if a food item is considered a liquid or gel it is best to pack the
item in checked baggage or ship it to a destination in advance.
For more travel tips
or information on what passengers can and cannot bring through security,
click here to use the MyTSA mobile app. To contact TSA Cares, a helpline
designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions,