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TSA Media Relations (202) 385-1800
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2002
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing
changes to the passenger and baggage screening processes. Passengers are encouraged
to check with their carrier to learn how these revised procedures will affect
their holiday travels. For time-saving travel tips, including the following,
visit Oakland International’s web site www.oaklandairport.com and click
on the Prepare for Takeoff icon.
- Unlock Luggage. Since all checked luggage must be
searched beginning January 1, 2003, keep it unlocked, unless otherwise directed
by your carrier. Put items in clear plastic bags to help speed up inspections.
- Travel Lightly. Reduce the number of carry-on and checked
bags by shipping packages and excess clothing in advance of traveling before
and after the holidays.
- Wrap on Arrival. Gifts packed in carry-on or checked baggage
should remain unwrapped, as they may be opened for inspection.
- Have Boarding Pass, Will Travel. All passengers
will soon be required to check in at the ticket counter or use an airline
check in kiosk to get a boarding pass prior to screening at the security checkpoint.
Gate check in will no longer be permitted at Oakland International after the
New Year; however, this procedure is already in place at many other U.S. airports.
- Permitted/Prohibited Items. TSA has revised the list of
items that are permitted and prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage. Consideration
should be given to items that are needed for travel and how they are packed.
For example, knitting needles are now permitted in carry-on baggage, while
sharp-tipped scissors are still prohibited and will be confiscated. It is
also recommended that travelers conduct a thorough search of all baggage prior
to arriving at the airport to ensure that prohibited items are not packed
from previous travel.
- Cameras/Film. Place all undeveloped film and cameras with
film in carry-on baggage. Equipment that screens checked baggage will damage
- Special Consideration Customers. Individual situations
such as traveling with children or pets, or passengers with disabilities or
religious or cultural needs require special preparation. Review suggested
tips for each of these and other situations in advance to eliminate unnecessary
stress at the airport.
- Dress the Part. Dress appropriately for travel as certain
clothing and accessories can activate metal detector alarms and slow down
the passenger security checkpoint process. Avoid wearing clothing, shoes,
jewelry or accessories that contain metal. Slip-on shoes are easier to remove.
- Arrive Early. Oakland International recommends that travelers
plan to arrive at least two hours prior for domestic flights and three hours
for international flights to allow for increased holiday roadway traffic on
Bay Area highways, for increased numbers of passengers going through the airline
check-in and security screening process and for changes in security procedures.
Check with your airline for advice on specific flights, especially those departing
between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., Monday through Friday and during the peak travel
days of December 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and January 2, 3 and 5. Additional time
may be necessary to reach the airport because of construction on Interstate
880 and airport roadways.
- In/Out/Off. When approaching the passenger security checkpoint,
passengers should place all metal objects IN their carry-on
baggage, take their laptop computer OUT of its case, and
take OFF outer coats for checkpoint screening.
Oakland International Airport served 11.4 million passengers and handled more
than 600,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2001. Oakland International has over
200 flights a day on 16 domestic and international carriers to 38 nonstop destinations,
including the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.
Travelers are reminded that the 98th Avenue corridor is open to both inbound
and outbound traffic creating a fast, direct route to and from Interstate 880.
The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland. For more information,
visit the airport’s Web site at www.oaklandairport.com.