TSA at BHM Offers Summer Travel Tips – You Thought You Could Bring What?


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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) on Friday, August 2nd, provided summer travel tips. On display were prohibited items you will appreciate that TSA officers intercepted locally so that the passengers sitting next to you did not have them in their possession.

Passengers bringing firearms to the checkpoints remain a problem with 37 guns stopped by TSA officers at BHM last year and 31 so far this year. Most were loaded. The problem is escalating nationally as well with 4,239 stopped across the country last year. More than 1,700 pounds of VAP (Voluntarily abandoned property consisting of other dangerous items such as knives) and 2 ½ tons of HazMat (hazardous materials such as household chemicals that are corrosive, flammable or explosive) are stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at BHM every year as well. The you-thought-you-could-bring-what items have included heavy tools, stun guns, grenades, brass knuckles, daggers and martial arts tools.

While making life less stressful, the travel tips offered on Friday will help you make your flight and also to avoid civil penalties that can reach more than $13,000, which you face for bringing a firearm to a federal checkpoint whether or not you are arrested by our law enforcement partners.

Also remember to sign up for TSA Precheck. The program is at more than 200 airports.

Additionally, passengers are reminded that the 3-1-1 rule still applies to carry-on bags. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1-quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag is permitted per passenger; and the plastic bag must be taken out of your suitcase and placed into a screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring and enables quick screening. Passengers forgetting this very basic rule slow down the line for everyone else.

 Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag, but they must be declared for inspection at the checkpoint before you send your bag into the x-ray tunnel. If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in your checked baggage. But make sure they are not HazMat as certain chemicals are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.

 Be prepared. Arrive early, practice the 3-1-1 rule and leave home without your no-you-can’t-have-that-in-the-airplane cabin items to facilitate the checkpoint experience.