First Things First
Federal security regulations forbid leaving your vehicle in the driveway in front of the terminal. Vehicles left unattended are subject to ticketing and towing.
Allow plenty of time to check in at the airport. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. If something goes awry, like a broken piece of security screening equipment, you need that much time.
Airline counters and the security check point open two hours before the first scheduled departure of the day.
Before You Get to the Airport
- Don't wrap presents! Security personnel will unwrap for inspection.
- Don't over-pack. Take only what you absolutely need. An overstuffed bag can slow down security screening because it's generally hard to reclose. Consider spreading items in between several bags.
- Carry-on bags: think small. Carry-on items are limited to one bag and one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase or laptop. The bag can be no bigger than 9" X 14" X 22" or a total of 45 linear inches.
- Make sure all your bags have ID tags.
- Be sure your bags have identification tags on both the outside and inside.
- Put all undeveloped film in your carry-on bag because checked baggage screening equipment will damage film. If your film is over ASA/ISO 800, or has been sent through an X-ray machine five times, request a hand inspection.
- All passengers who are 18 years of age and older must present a government issued photo ID. Make sure the name on your ticket matches the name on your photo ID.
When You Get to the Airport
- The security screening process is overseen by the Transportation Security Administrattion (TSA). The resource box on the right has links to several pages on the TSA website. Be sure to check them out for detailed information about security screening.
- As you approach the security checkpoint, take your laptop and video cameras out of their cases.
- Remove your outer coat, suit coat, jacket or blazer to place in bin for X-ray.
- Place the following items in your carry-on baggage before entering the screening checkpoint: cell phones, smart phones, keys, loose change, jewelry and large metal items.