AIRPORT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
To insure passenger safety, the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed strict security procedures
at our nation’s airport. Here are some tips to help you comply
with the new regulations.
- Arrive at the airport at least two hours before
flight time; there might be long lines at check-in counters and
security screening checkpoints.
- If you are traveling with a tour group or cruise
group, you are no longer allowed to check in for flights at hotels
or at the cruise terminals. You must check in at the airport.
- If someone is dropping you off at the airport,
the driver must stay with the vehicle at all times. The driver should not leave
the vehicle unattended, even for a moment.
- You must have a picture I. D. such as a driver’s
license, passport, or government-issued identification.
- Your name on your ticket must exactly match your name as it appears on the identification
you present at the airport.
- If your name has recently
changed and the name on your ticket and your I. D. are different,
bring documentation of the change (e.g., a marriage certificate or
- If you are traveling with an e-ticket, you must show a copy
of your e-ticket receipt when you check-in.
- The FAA also requires all non-U.S. citizens boarding
international flights in the United States to show evidence of admission
into the United States. Evidence of admission can consist of visas,
I-94, parole letter, admission stamp, alien resident card, etc.
- Passengers who do not have baggage to check and
already have an approved boarding document, as outlined below, may
proceed to the security checkpoint.
AT THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT
- Keep your luggage and carry-on bags with you at
all times prior to arriving at the airport and while in the terminal.
Unattended bags will likely be confiscated – and destroyed – by
- The FAA recommends that passengers be
allowed to have one carry-on bag and either a purse or briefcase. Airlines
have the option of following the FAA's recommendation. Check with
your travel agent for information on carry-on luggage restrictions.
- Do not accept any packages or materials from strangers.
- Do not carry any sharp instruments (i.e., letter
openers, pocket knives, box cutters, scissors, etc,) on you are in your carry-on luggage.
They will be confiscated at airport screening stations.
- If you see any suspicious activity or see unattended
bags, contact airline or airport personnel immediately.
- Carry medications in your carry-on bags.
- Hold onto your baggage claim check.
LOCKING YOUR LUGGAGE
Screening baggage for safety purposes is part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandate. Here are some some suggestions regarding locking your luggage.
FOR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE
In some cases TSA screeners must open your luggage as part of the screening process. If your bag is unlocked, TSA will simply open and screen the bag. If the bag is locked, you will be asked to unlock it for screening.
FOR CHECKED LUGGAGE
If your luggage is locked with a standard lock, the mandatory screening of checked luggage will necessitate breaking the lock. TSA is not responsible for damage caused to locked bags that must be opened for security purposes.
If you want to lock your luggage, TSA recommends the use of TSA-approved locks. These locks come with keys or combinations for security, but they can also be opened with a special tool by TSA. Use of these locks provides travelers with the security that they desire, and they permit the mandatory luggage screening without damaging the lock or the bag. TSA-approved locks are available in luggage stores and other locations where travel products are sold. They are also available online at:
||Look for the TSA logo on the lock
Society of Travel Agents and Norfolk Airport Authority