It’s now mid-March, which means that for most discerning American adults, we’re just days away from the official start of spring. For others, namely parents of school and college-aged children, it also means the long-awaited spring break trip.
For the uninitiated, the spring break travel season starts around February 17th and runs through April 21st, so chances are if you’re among the latter, your travel plans are already in full swing. have consolidated Having said that, TSA ends announced that passenger volume may exceed pre-pandemic levels in the coming weeks, which means you still have some preparation work to do, if only of the mental variety.
“In January, we experienced our first full month where travel volumes exceeded the same month in 2019. We expect to see an upward trend in travel volumes throughout 2023, including during the spring break period.” , TSA Administrator David Pekoske said.
“We are coordinating closely with airports and airlines to prepare for the anticipated increase in travel volume and expect to meet our wait time standards of 30 minutes or less in standard lanes and 10 minutes or less so in the TSA PreCheck lanes. However, there may be some situations where a checkpoint’s capacity is exceeded.”
In an effort to help travelers arrive prepared for the most efficient TSA screening experience, the agency has offered these spring break travel tips:
Tip 1: Pack smart: Start with an empty bag and make sure you don’t have any prohibited items. Do not attempt to bring a firearm through a TSA checkpoint; doing so compromises the safety of other passengers and our officers at the checkpoint. Other prohibited items include explosives, flammables, knives, razors, replica guns and more. To avoid delays, passengers should see TSA”What can I bring?” and start packing with an empty bag. Tip 2: Remember the 3-1-1 rule of liquids. Passengers may carry one quart bag of liquids, sprays, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint as long as each item is 3.4 ounces or less. Liquids larger than 3.4 ounces must be packed in a checked bag. Medically necessary Liquids, gels, and aerosols larger than 3.4 ounces are allowed in reasonable quantities, but must be declared at the checkpoint for inspection. The TSA allows up to a 12-ounce container of liquid hand sanitizer per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Sunscreen is not considered medically necessary as a carry-on item, so larger amounts of sunscreen must go in checked bags. Tip 3: Sign up for TSA PreCheck. In January 2023, 92% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes at TSA checkpoints nationwide. Traveling with kids? Children 12 and under may join a parent/guardian with TSA PreCheck in dedicated lanes. Most new registrants receive a Known Traveler Number (commonly known as a ‘KTN’) within five days and membership lasts for five years. The registration fee for five years is $78; online renewals are $70.Tip 4: Ask the TSA before you travel. Connect with TSA travel security experts via social media by sending a message to @AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger. Passengers can also send a text message directly to 275-872 (“AskTSA”) on any mobile device. An automated virtual assistant is available 24/7 to answer common questions, and AskTSA staff is available from 8 am to 6 pm EST daily, including holidays and weekends for questions more complicated Tip 5: Arrive early and proceed kindly. Spring break travelers should allow plenty of time to account for traffic, parking, rental car returns, airline check-in, security, and making any purchases at the airport before board a flight Avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol before boarding, as flight attendants and gate agents may deny boarding to intoxicated passengers.Tip 6: Be ready for the checkpoint. Arrive at the checkpoint lane with a mobile or printed boarding pass and a valid ID in hand. When approaching the screening area, please remember to empty your pockets and place the contents in a trash can or handbag. Those without TSA PreCheck must remove large electronics and 3-1-1 liquids from carry-on luggage. All passengers will be asked to remove their outer clothing prior to the screening.
Also, and this is important, FAA regulations prohibit passengers from consuming alcohol on an aircraft unless served by a flight attendant. Also, flight attendants are not allowed to attend to a passenger who appears to be intoxicated. Want to check the alcohol? Of course: Beverages with more than 24% (but not more than 70%) alcohol are limited in checked bags to five liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging, but alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. Passengers may carry containers of 3.4 ounces or less that can fit comfortably in a clear, quart-sized, zippered bag.
Don’t be the drunk guy who takes shots and tries to open the cabin door during the flight. There will be plenty of drinking opportunities wherever you go…you just have to get there.
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