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Airline Security

What is the aviation security fee?
What should I know about the new baggage-screening law?
What are the latest airport security and check-in procedures?
Is carry-on baggage still allowed?
What do I need to know about taking my laptop through airport security?

What is the aviation security fee? top
Airlines have added a fee to airfares to pay for aviation security improvements. The fee is $2.50 per flight. The maximum fee for a one-way trip with multiple legs is $5. The maximum fee for a round-trip with multiple legs is $10.

What should I know about the new baggage-screening law? top
A baggage law requires airlines to screen all checked baggage for explosives. They can comply with the law either by using X-ray machines, hand searches, bomb-sniffing dogs, or by matching each piece of checked luggage to a passenger on board.
The new law has prompted some airlines to tighten baggage and check-in policies. Delta Airlines, for example, has implemented a new policy that passengers may no longer check baggage at ticket counters or curbside locations less than 30 minutes before scheduled departure time. The rules are slightly different for Delta Shuttle customers departing Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. airports. The airline says it will accept checked baggage at ticket counters or curbside locations up to 15 minutes before scheduled departure time. Continental Airlines says it reserves the right to cancel reservations (whether or not confirmed) of any passenger who fails to arrive at the gate at least 15 minutes before scheduled departure time, even if the passenger has checked in at another location. Several carriers also asking passengers who plan to standby to inform the airline representative of their intentions before checking bags. That way, the passenger and his/her bags will be boarded on the same flight.
Lastly, flight cancellations may lead to more complications under the new baggage law. If you've checked bags and your flight gets canceled, you might not have the luxury of catching a flight with another airline that leaves relatively soon. That's because the second airline must allow enough time to make sure the bag gets on the plane with you. For additional details visit Transportation Security Administration

What are the latest airport security and check-in procedures? top
Documents
Passengers must present a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, and proof of ticketing to proceed through security to the gate. Proof of ticketing includes: airline tickets or boarding passes for day of travel as well as printouts of e-ticket confirmations for day of travel that include the airline ticket numbers. No one without a ticket is allowed beyond the security checkpoint. However, exceptions can be made for those meeting disabled passengers and individuals meeting minors who are traveling alone. Please contact the airline ahead of time to make such arrangements.
Screening
Airlines are screening all checked luggage for explosives. These machines are harmful to film, so it's recommended to pack film inside a carry-on bag. Each passenger is allowed only one carry-on and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase. Sharp objects, such as knives or scissors, are not allowed in carry-on bags. All bags are subject to search. For a full list of items that are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage, go to Transportation Security Administration
Please note: Security personnel may require passengers to remove belt buckles, footwear or jewelry before passing through metal detectors. And anyone carrying on board a laptop or cell phone, may be asked to turn it on.

Is carry-on baggage still allowed? top
Yes, though you'll be restricted to one carry-on bag, plus one additional personal item such as a purse, briefcase or laptop. This limit applies to travelers boarding all flights departing from U.S. airports for both domestic and international destinations. The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger must be checked. Items now considered acceptable to pack in your carry-on baggage include walking canes, nail clippers, safety razors (including disposable razors), tweezers, umbrellas, and eyelash curlers. Needles or syringes for medicinal purposes are permitted, but must have the manufacturers and/or pharmaceutical label attached. Items not allowed include knives of any kind, cutting instruments of any kind (including box cutters, straight razors, elongated scissors, etc.), corkscrews, baseball or softball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, and hockey sticks. Please click here for a more comprehensive list

What do I need to know about taking my laptop through airport security? top
Keep the laptop easily accessible. You will be required to take it out of its case and send it through an X-ray machine on a special tray. Make sure the battery is fully charged, as airport security personnel might ask you to turn it on. You also could be asked to turn on other electronics, including cell phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants), such as PalmPilots.

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