Preparedness Guide for Travelers
Heightened security measures at airports make the process of arriving, checking in, and boarding an airplane longer. Know what to expect and being prepared for emergencies can make your trip both safe and enjoyable.
- Contact your airline to find out how early to arrive.
- Take public transportation to the airport if possible, since parking may he controlled or restricted.
- Don’t count on curbside check-in. Contact your airline to see if it is still in place at your airport.
- Make sure you have a government issued ID (federal, state, or local); it is now required to board a plane.
- If you have E-ticket, you may need written confirmation from the airline, such as a letter, fax or email. Check ahead of time to make sure you have the proper documentation.
PACK WITH CARE
Certain items, such as knives, cutting instruments, and ski poles, can no longer be carried on board but walking canes and umbrellas can. Check with your airline if you are unsure about whether to place an item in checked or carry-on baggage.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Stay especially alert and watch your bags carefully at all times. Don’t let anyone but uniformed airline personnel handle or watch your bags.
Take what you hear seriously. If you overhear someone bragging or talking about plans to harm citizens, report it to law enforcement immediately.
KNOW EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
- Listen carefully to the safety briefing on the plane and follow instructions from airline personnel.
- Review the passenger safety card before take of and landing.
- Locate the plane’s emergency exits both in front and behind you. Count rows between you and the nearest front and rear exits.
- Make a mental plan of action in case of emergency
AS ALWAYS, PRACTICE GOOD CRIME PREVENTION
Carry your purse close to your body, or your wallet in an inside front pocket. Considering a money pouch under your clothes.