To insure passenger safety, the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed strict
security procedures at our nation’s airport. Here are some
tips to help you comply with the new regulations.
Arrive at the airport at least two hours before flight time.
You may encounter long lines at check-in counters and airport
» Curbside baggage check is being reinstated
on an airline-by-airline and airport-by-airport basis. Check
with the airport to see if your airline has been approved for
curbside checks. Otherwise, proceed directly to the check-in
» If you are traveling with a tour group or
cruise group, you will no longer be allowed to check in for
flights at hotels or at the cruise terminals. You must check
in at the airport.
» If someone is dropping you off at the
airport, they must stay with the vehicle at all times. They
should not leave it unattended, even for a moment.
» You must have a picture I.D. such as a
driver’s license, passport, or government-issued
identification. Insure that you make your reservation in the
exact name that appears on the identification you plan on
presenting at the airport. If your name has recently changed
and the name on your ticket and your I.D. are different, bring
documentation of the change (e.g., a marriage certificate or
court order). If traveling with an e-ticket, you must produce
a copy of your e-ticket receipt when you check-in.
» The FAA also requires all non-U.S.
citizens boarding international flights in the United States
to show evidence of admission into the United States. Evidence
of admission can consist of visas, I-94, parole letter,
admission stamp, alien resident card, etc.
Getting to the
To enter the
secured area beyond the security screening checkpoint, you
must show a valid picture I.D. and one of the following
boarding documents indicating a flight departure for the
1) A receipt for an electronic
2) An itinerary generated by an airline or travel
agency confirming an electronic ticket;
3) A boarding
4) A paper ticket.
The FAA says receipts and itineraries
MUST have ticket numbers on them.
If you do not have a boarding pass, ticket,
e-ticket receipt or printed confirmation, an airline-issued
boarding document must be obtained at the ticket counter prior
to clearing security.
E-ticketed passengers with no receipt,
agency or airline-issued itinerary must first go to the
airport ticket counter to obtain a boarding pass. More
information can be found on the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Web site at www.faa.gov/apa/faq/pr_faq.htm.
Passengers who do not have baggage to check
and already have an approved boarding document, as outlined
above, may proceed through the security checkpoint directly to
the departure gate. Although no curbside or skycap check-in is
permitted, wheelchair assistance from curbside will continue
to be provided.
Provisions will be made for parents who need
to meet unaccompanied minors, for disabled persons and persons
with special needs who need to be accompanied by healthcare
assistants or guardians and for medical personnel who need to
respond to a medial emergency beyond the check point.
All passengers should check with their
airline or airport, or visit the airline or airport web site
for additional information.
» Keep your identification handy, as you may
be asked after entering the gate area to produce it for
airport or airline personnel.
» Keep your luggage and carry-on
bags with you at all times prior to arriving at the airport
and while in the terminal. Unattended bags will likely be
confiscated – and even destroyed – by airport security.
» The FAA has recommended that passengers be
allowed one carry-on bag and either a purse or briefcase.
Airlines have the option of following the FAA's
recommendation. Check with your travel agent or airline for
information on carry-on luggage restrictions. Since you will
likely encounter longer waits and more thorough inspections at
screening stations, ASTA recommends that you minimize your
carry-on items so you can be processed more quickly.
» Do not accept any packages or materials
» Do not carry any sharp instruments (i.e.,
letter openers, knives, box cutters, scissors, etc,) in carry
on luggage. They will be confiscated at airport screening
» If you see any suspicious activity or see
unattended bags, contact airline or airport personnel
» Carry medications in your carry-on bags.
» Hold onto your baggage claim check.
Individual airports may elect to provide more security in the
baggage claim area.