Security Mandates in Airports

Since the 9/ 11 Attacks, air travel has never been the same again, and it is most likely to stay that way for a very long time.  Security has tightened further and more check-ins are being conducted, sometimes to the point of being ridiculous.  Here are what you should know about the security mandates in airports across United States.

Security is inconsistent across the country

Although all airports in the US must adhere to the security guidelines mandated by the FAA, some local conditions may dictate even more stringent measures.  For instance, some local airports may require every car that enters airport property to stop and all persons in it-even if they are not traveling-must who an ID with photo.  Such measure may not be applied to larger airports like LAX where there are too many cars to search.

Bring a picture ID at all times

Expect every security personnel on any airport would ask for your identification on virtually anything you do within the airport, from picking up your ticket, going through the metal detectors, to giving your boarding pass to the gate agent before getting on your flight.  Make sure that you put your ID at a very convenient location like a shirt pocket so you do not have to waste time picking up your wallet just to bring out your identification card every time you are asked for one.  Make sure you are bringing a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license.

No metal knives or any pointed objects

Even a pair of scissors could be confiscated at the airport or even inside the airplane.  Worse, you can also be suspected of terrorism and may have to be confined for a very long time within the airport security office.

Get to the airport three to four hours before flight

Travel experts used to recommend that you arrive at the airport two hours before your domestic flight and three hours before international flights.  However, with the new security restrictions inside airports, you may have to allow an additional hour for car searches, parking restrictions, and more bag searches.

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