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Effective June 21, 2008 , adult passengers (18 and over) are required to show a U S federal or state-issued ID that contains the following: Name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and tamper-resistant feature in order to be allowed to go through the check point and onto any flight.

Passengers who do not or cannot present an acceptable ID will have to provide information to the TSA Security Officer performing document checking duties in order to verify their identity. Passengers who are cleared through this process may be subject to additional screening. Passengers whose identity cannot be verified by the TSA may not be allowed to go through the check point or onto an airplane.

Acceptable ID’s:

* U. S. Passport
* U. S. Passport Card
* DHS “trusted traveler” cards (NEXUS. SENTRI, FAST)
* U. S. Military ID ( active duty or retired military and their dependents)
* Permanent Resident Card
* Boarder Crossing Card
* DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
* Driver’s licenses or other state photo idenity cards issued by the Department of motor vehicles. (0r
equivalent) that meets REAL ID benchmarks. (all states are currently in compliance)
* A native American Tribal Photo ID
* An airline or airport issued ID (if issued under a TSA-apporved security plan)
* A foreign government issued passport
* Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Card
* Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

Non-US/Canadian Citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U. S. government such as permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not, should carry their passports while visiting the U. S.

Posted on March 27th, 2009 at 08:19 by Alex Smith in Airline Safety,Airport Check Point Security,Traveling Information - Comments (0)

Unfortunately, everyone, even babies have to be checked before boarding any flight through the security check point.

The TSA Officers are trained as to how to approach your child. They realize your concern and will gently treat your child with respect. Some children may react to a stranger and become irritable. When this happens the TSA Officer will consult you about the best way to relieve your childs concern. You must take your child out of any carrier before entering the x-ray machine.

Check with your carrier to see if your child needs his/her own ticket and boarding pass when you make your reservations.

All child related equipment that will fit through the x-ray machine must be checked. Examples: strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats, back-packs, baby slings. When you arrive at the check point collapse or fold your child related equipment. Close up all pockets, baskets, or attached items on the equipment so as they will not get caught up in the x-ray machine. Place all loose items in the plastic basket provided at the check popint. If a piece of equipment is too large to go through the x-ray machine the TSA Officer will have to check it visually and physically inspaect it.

It is recommended that if your child can walk through without assistance, you both may be instrusted to do so. In the case of an infant, then you may carry the child through the metal detector with you. If the alarm sounds then the security officer will check both you and the infant manually. Remember, before entering the metal detector, remove your shoes and all metal objects, such as belts. Place them in the plastic carrier.

All liquids, including baby formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your infant, toddler will not be asked to taste them. Be sure to declare these items for inspection.

All liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in a three-ounce or smaller container. Any containers that are half full or larger are not allowed. Place all three-ounce containers in a “Quart size” plastic bag.

Remember, all liquids must be placed in a single quart-sized zip lock plastic bag. Gallon bags or those that are folded over are not allowed. Each traveler is allowed only ONE quart sized bag. It must be removed from the carry-on luggage before screening. Carry only the needed amount of liquids for the flight with you.

If your child has a disability, you must declare it at the check-in area. A TSA Officer will assist you through check-in when requested.

You may go on-line here for more information about traveling with your child. Being prepared will make your flight more enjoyable and smooth.

Posted on March 7th, 2009 at 06:00 by Alex Smith in Airline Safety - Comment (1)

There is a lot of controversy as to which airline is safest. Many have the idea that some “third world country” airlines are unsafe when in actuallity they have some of the best safety records.

Sometimes it’s best to fly a carrier located in the region where you are flying. They have more knowlege of certain conditions that may occur in that area. Here again, their airlines may only have four or five units as compared to a larger airline like American Airlines that have several hundred. So their safety record would naturally be greater simply because of the numbers. Statistics can be vague because a carrier that handles several million passengers per year may have had more crashes but that does not make them any less safe to fly than a carrier carrying much fewer passengers. It’s like playing the lottery, does buying three tickets out of millions make you more of a chance to win? No, the differences are negligable.

There are some airlines that have not had a fatalitiy in the last 25 years. One website you can log onto is: Airsafe.com. They have a listing of these airlines. You might be surprised of the airlines listed.

In review, I wouldn’t worry about an airline safety record unless I was planning on flying in a dubius area. Even at that, you are still safer flying than you are driving to the airport.


Posted on August 30th, 2007 at 08:02 by Alex Smith in Airline Safety - Comments (0)

Ever wonder how I can make my next airline flight safer? Here are some tips to this question.

Most accidents happen during landing and take off. That only makes sense because there are more aircraft in the same area surrounding an airport. So limit this probable cause by taking non-stop flights whenever possible. This limits the amount of take offs and landings.

Familiarize yourself to the aircraft you are flying in when you enter the plane. Notice where the emergency exits are and how many seats you are sitting from them. If you are sitting in one of the seats that indicates it has an emergency exit next to it, be sure you are able to operate it. If you feel you can’t, ask to be moved to another seat.

Pay attention to the Flight attendant’s instructions and read the safety card that is located in the pocket of the seat in front of you.

It is not good to over-indulge in alcoholic beverages or medications before a flight. You want to be at your best if an emergency does occur. Quick action and clear thinking could save your life.

Remain in your seat with your seat belt fastened at all times. You never know when the aircraft may enter into a sudden violent pocket of air. Keep your movement to a minimum.

Dress comfortably but keep in mind what might be good to wear in a survival situation. Shorts and short sleeve shirts are not recommended. Wear hard sole shoes not flip flops or sandals. Some foot wear is made of synthetic materials that will melt under high heat conditions. If it is a long flight try not to wear tight clothing such as panty hose and some foundation under garments.

Finally, if you have any special medical conditions be sure the flight attendant is aware of them and take any medications well in advance of your flight to insure maximum effectiveness. Be sure you bring enough of your medications to last for the entire flight, especially if you require inhalers.

Next blog will inform you where you can go to find out your airlines safety record before you make your reservations.


Posted on August 23rd, 2007 at 10:02 by Alex Smith in Airline Safety - Comments (0)

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