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Getting Through Security

Getting Through Security

As a result of the failed in-flight terrorist attack on December 25th, the TSA recently announced that there will be increased screening for “passengers on U.S. bound international flights”. In addition, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has implemented a one carry-on bag rule for passengers traveling to the U.S., and many international carriers have followed suit.

Whether you're an occasional traveler or frequent flier, the prospect of passing through airport security can be daunting, and those traveling internationally to the US should plan for longer delays due to increased searches. While you cannot make the security line any shorter, there is much you can do to make the process easier.

  • Pack in easily inspected modules - mesh cubes, mesh pockets and packing folders - that can be lifted out individually for inspection.
  • Follow 3-1-1 rules when carrying liquids, gels and aerosols on board: use travel-size containers of 3 oz or less that fit easily in 1 quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag.
  • Plan to arrive at the airport well in advance of scheduled flight departure times.
  • Have your ID and boarding pass ready as you approach the checkpoint.
  • Place coins, keys and other metal objects in your carry-on bag or jacket.
  • Wear loafers or other shoes that are easily slipped on and off during screening.
  • Remember, passports are required for all persons traveling outside of the United States.

Packing for Limited Carry-On

Increased carry-on restrictions need not decrease in-flight comfort. Here’s how to pack all your en route essentials.

  • Wear your carry-on. A multi-pocket vest or jacket is perfect for stowing electronics, book, pillow, water bottle and more.
    • Security is a breeze just take it off and send it through x-ray
    • Takes virtually no space at your seat
    • Doubles as a blanket
  • Carry a Slimline In-Flight Organizer for electronics, glasses, reading material, snacks, etc.
    • Opens completely to lay flat for x-ray
    • Takes up no leg room
    • Keeps in-flight items at your fingertips
  • Roll a carry-on tote for overnight or business trips.
    • Fits easily under the seat or in the overhead compartment
    • Holds laptop, change of clothes and toiletry kit as well as in-flight items

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