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Travel Season Prep Tips

How to prepare for holiday travel

How to prepare for holiday travel

It’s holiday time! Turkey, Christmas lights, and Hanukkah candles compel millions of families to travel during November and December.

If you are traveling through the air, you should know about some recently released tips from our friends at the TSA. The new tips are intended to help you travel more quickly and safely.

The TSA has a new Secure Flight program for airline ticketing:

  • Secure Flight is a behind-the-scenes program that improves flying watch-list matches
  • Family members need to provide photo identification, date of birth, and state gender
  • Cooperate with TSA members to make sure no one from the “Do Not Fly” list gets on an aircraft
  • Important tip – when booking your reservation, use the same name as it appears on your ID. Don’t use nicknames or shortened names (Don’t use “Bill” instead of “William.”)

Family Lanes:

  • Special security line for those with families or infrequent travelers that are unfamiliar with airport screening procedures
  • Is your baby formula or insulin packaged in a container that is larger than 3 ounces? If so, go through a family lane and a specially-trained TSA agent will help you out.
  • Allows TSA agents the opportunity to properly check for liquid explosive materials.

What’s the 3-1-1 Rule?

  • As you would imagine, the 3-1-1 Rule involves a 3, a 1, and another 1
  • Liquids and aerosols should be 3.4 ounces or less
  • Consolidate items into 1 plastic zip bag
  • There is a per-person limit of 1 quart-sized bag of liquids
  • Save the TSA agents’ time by having your bag of liquids outside of your carry-on and ready for inspection.

Traveling with food or gifts?

Many of you will be bringing gifts to your destination (and hopefully returning home with some!) The TSA has guidelines on these gifts. If you have any liquid gift such as wine, maple syrup or even a snow globe, you should either pack the gift in your checked luggage or just ship it to yourself. And remember, don’t spend time wrapping gifts with that special reindeer paper, since the TSA agents will need to unwrap and check each gift!

Finally, the TSA is reminding travelers to report any suspicious activity to an agent. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t seem right. Keep all of these tips in mind and traveling can be a lot smoother for everyone. Allied Universal wishes all of you a safe and happy holiday season! BE SAFE!

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