WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that security checkpoints at the nation's more than 450 airports have coordinated staffing and are prepared to accommodate the busy holiday travel season. TSA created "SimpliFLY" a public awareness effort that includes a 60-second public service announcement to encourage travelers to "pack smart to get through security faster." The video and print materials will be distributed to airline and airport partners, on Web sites and in the media. It can be viewed at www.tsa.gov.
Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) see thousands of bags a day and must quickly determine whether or not a bag contains a possible improvised explosive device (IED). The traveling public can take an active role in their screening experience by coming prepared for the security checkpoint. TSA encourages passengers to pack their carry-on bags neatly and in layers to help security officers better determine what is in a bag.
"Our goal is to get passengers through the checkpoint as quickly as possible while maintaining aviation security. The public can partner with us to accomplish this by coming prepared," said TSA Administrator Kip Hawley.
Travelers should have boarding passes and identification out and outerwear and shoes off to go through the checkpoint. It is essential to arrive at the airport early to allow time to park, check-in and process through the security checkpoint during peak travel periods.
Remember that TSA's 3-1-1 policy remains in effect. The policy allows passengers to carry on liquids, gels and aerosols that are 3 ounces or less, placed in a 1 quart, zip-top bag, 1 bag per traveler placed in a screening bin. Any size liquid is okay in checked baggage.
To check wait times at your airport, for a complete list of items you can and cannot bring on board, and for more information for travelers with special needs, visit www.tsa.gov.