If you plan to travel anytime during the upcoming winter holidays, keep in mind these are among the busiest times of year to travel. By being prepared, you can help minimize checkpoint delays.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asks travelers to “become an active partner in your security experience by knowing the rules and carefully packing your carry-on bags.”
To help you get through airport security checkpoints faster, the TSA recommends travelers avoid clutter in carry-ons and layer items to increase visibility for the security officers. Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers—a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes, and then other items like toiletries. This will help security officers see what’s in your bag.
For more holiday travel tips or details on how you can help streamline your security checkpoint experience, visit the TSA Web site.
At the checkpoint, remember you will need to: have boarding passes and ID ready for inspection; take outer garments and shoes off; place any loose metal items in your carry-on; and take all liquids out of bags. Liquids or gels must be in three ounce containers or less, carried in a quart-size, plastic bag and only one plastic bag is allowed per traveler and it must be screened separately.
Sky Harbor offers the following travel tips:
Pack all items that you must have with you in your carry-on. While it is rare, bags can be delayed or confused with a fellow traveler’s bag. Medications and irreplaceable items should be taken on the plane with you in case you are separated from your bag at your destination.
Do not wrap gifts—if a security officer needs to inspect a package, they may have to unwrap it. Pack wrapping paper and wrap gifts upon arrival at your destination.
If you are traveling with a baby or toddler baby formula, breast milk, and juice are allowed in your carry-on baggage.
If you’re carrying liquids or gels through the security checkpoint they must be in three ounce containers or less, carried in a quart-size, plastic bag. Only one plastic bag is allowed per traveler and it must be screened separately. Pack larger containers of liquids and gels in your checked luggage. Even if liquids are unopened, they cannot go through the checkpoint if in a container that holds more than 3 ounces—even if the larger container is almost empty.
The TSA no longer bans common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lighters remain banned in carry-ons.
Laptop computers, all full-size electronic items such as video game consoles (e.g. Playstation®, X-box®, Nintendo Gamecube or Wii®), full-size DVD players, CPAP breathing machines and video cameras that use video cassettes must be removed from carrying cases and placed separately in bins for X-ray screening.
Call the parking hotline before leaving home at 602-273-4545. You will receive live, up-to-the-minute information and directions to the nearest available open lot. If the economy lots fill, overflow lots will be opened to serve customers.
If you’re carrying liquids or gels through the security checkpoint they must be in three ounce containers or less and carried in a quart-size, plastic bag. Only one plastic bag is allowed per traveler and it must be screened separately. Pack larger containers of liquids and gels in checked luggage. Even if liquids are unopened, they cannot go through the checkpoint if in a container that holds more than three ounces – even if the larger bottle is almost empty.
You may purchase water and other beverages past the security checkpoint and carry them onto the plane.
For longer flights, bring a snack or a meal onto the plane. All of Sky Harbor’s restaurants offer meals to go.
Before leaving home, check with the airline on possible flight delays, baggage weight limits and curb-side bag check charges now applied by some airlines.
Don’t circle the terminals when picking up passengers, wait in one of Sky Harbor’s two cell phone waiting lots. One cell phone lot is east of Terminal 4 and the other is located west of the Terminal 2 parking structure.
Posted by Katie Halle