Q: Should I lock my luggage?
A: You can lock your luggage before you get to the airport, but you should unlock your checked-baggage before you check-in. The lock may be broken if additional inspection is required.
Q: What are prohibited items?
A: Prohibited items are weapons, explosives, incendiaries, and include items that are seemingly harmless but may be used as weapons: the so-called "dual use" items. You may not bring these items to security checkpoints without authorization. A non-exclusive list of prohibited items is available at www.tsa.dot.gov.
Q: What may happen to me if I bring a prohibited item to a security checkpoint?
A: You may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or, at the least, asked to rid yourself of the item. A screener and/or law enforcement officer will make this determination, depending on what the item is and the circumstances. This is because bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint - even accidentally- is illegal.
Q. What may happen to my prohibited item at the security checkpoint?
A: Your prohibited item may be detained for use in an investigation and, if necessary, as evidence in your criminal and/or civil prosecution. If permitted by the screener or law enforcement officer, you may be allowed to: consult with the airlines for possible assistance in placing the prohibited item in checked baggage, withdraw with the item from the screening checkpoint at that time, make other arrangements for the item, such as taking it to your car, or voluntarily abandon the item. Items that are voluntarily abandoned cannot be recovered and will not be returned to you.
Q: Can I transport guns or firearms?
A: Guns and Firearms are NOT permitted in your carry-on baggage, but depending on the policy of your airline, they may be included with your checked baggage. Check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Firearms carried as checked baggage MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided gun case, and declared to the airline at check-in. Only you, the passenger, may have the key or combination.
Q: What about ammunition?
A: Ammunition is NOT permitted in your carry-on baggage, but depending on the policy of your airline, may be included with your checked baggage. Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.
Q: Can I access the gate area if I am not a passenger?
A: Unaccompanied child, elderly person, or special needs If you are going to assist an unaccompanied child, elderly person, or person with special needs through the security checkpoint, you will need to get a gate pass/authorization at the airport ticket counter of your airline.
Q: Frequent Fliers Clubs and Lounges
A: When airline and airport clubs and lounges are located beyond the passenger security checkpoint, passengers without tickets should contact their airline representative to gain access. Access to the security checkpoints is controlled by the airlines. Additional screening measures and other operational changes put in place at the nation's airports since September 11 can lead to delays if you're not familiar with them.
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