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TSA Reminds Travelers of Simple Steps to Security

May 27, 2008

TSA Reminds Travelers of Simple Steps to Security
May 27, 2008 – The Transportation Security Administration has issued a reminder for travelers to help them be prepared for the security process this summer. TSA says that passengers can actively improve the security process by following three simple steps:

    1. Show ID and boarding pass.

    2. Take out liquids (in a baggie) and laptops.

    3. Take off shoes and jackets.


1. Show ID and boarding pass – Beginning May 26, TSA will use a standardized list of acceptable identification for airline travel. Passengers who present a federal- or state-issued photo ID containing name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature that is free from evidence of tampering can expect to be expedited through the travel document checking process. Standardizing the list of accepted documents better aligns TSA with other DHS components and REAL ID benchmarks.

Passengers should remove their government-issued photo ID from wallets, plastic holders and other similar carrying cases, and present the ID along with their boarding pass at the start of the screening process. Hold on to the boarding pass until through the magnetometer, where it may need to be shown again.

2. Take out liquids (in a baggie) and laptops – Large liquids are still banned from carry-ons. Remember the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels and aerosols at the checkpoint:

– 3-ounce bottles or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols placed in

– 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag;

– 1 bag per passenger placed separately in a security bin for X-ray screening.

The liquid restriction applies only to carry-on bags. Passengers can pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in checked baggage. Laptops must be taken out of their cases and placed in a separate bin for X-ray.

3. Take off shoes and jackets – Removing footwear for X-ray screening is required. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed the process. Please also put your jackets and sweaters in the bin.

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