March 13, 2008 15:46 ET

TSA Urges Travelers to Fly Smart During Spring Break

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - As students and families around the nation head into the busy spring break travel season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is urging travelers to "pack smart" and to remember "3-1-1" when taking liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on baggage.

"We anticipate a higher volume of travelers during this spring season," said Penny J. Anderson, federal security director at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. "Passengers can help the screening process by preparing ahead of time and checking out TSA's travel tips on the Web at"

Highlights include:

Remember 3-1-1 for Liquids and Gels: You are allowed to carry through the security checkpoint small amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols in containers of 3 ounces or less that fit comfortably in 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Each passenger may bring 1 plastic zip-top bag. You must remove the bag from your carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. You may bring on board the aircraft larger-size liquid and gel items, including beverages, provided they are purchased beyond the checkpoint in the secure boarding area.

SimpliFLY. Your trip begins at home. Bringing prohibited items to the airport will cause delays in the screening process for you and other passengers. If you are not sure which items are prohibited, check TSA's Web site for a complete list. Packing tips include:

--  Laptops:  Laptops must be removed from cases and placed in a bin to
    pass through screening.
--  Photography Equipment:  In addition to one carry-on and one personal
    item, you may have a photography bag if it contains only photographic
    equipment. Film should be packed in your carry-on bag. Film faster than 800-
    speed can be handed to a security officer for physical inspection to avoid
    being X-rayed.

Decide to Lock... or Not. Security officers may have to open your bag during the screening process. If your bag is locked and TSA cannot open it through other means, the lock may have to be broken. TSA is not liable for damage caused to locked bags that must be opened for security purposes.

TSA suggests that you help prevent the need to break a lock by using a TSA-recognized lock. These locks can be opened by TSA and can be purchased at multiple retail outlets. A list of recognized locks can be found at

Arrive On Time. Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check with your carrier. Passengers are asked to provide valid government-issued photo ID with their boarding pass at the checkpoint. Remember to give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security.

Dress the Part and be Prepared to Remove Your Shoes. All shoes must be removed and placed in a plastic bin for screening before you enter the walk-through metal detector. To speed the screening process, TSA strongly encourages wearing shoes that are easy to remove.

Metal in your clothing may set off the walk-through metal detector. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Passengers will also need to remove blazers, suit coats and bulky sweaters in addition to outer garments. Sport coats and warm-up jackets should also be taken off and placed in the bins for X-ray.

Think. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. Such incidents will result in delays and possibly missing your flight. Local law enforcement may be called as necessary.