TSA reminds travelers of rules ahead of holiday travel weekend

TSA reminds travelers of rules ahead of holiday travel weekend

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To avoid more forgetful passengers TSA is asking everyone to inspect their luggage thoroughly for those prohibited items before leaving. To avoid more forgetful passengers TSA is asking everyone to inspect their luggage thoroughly for those prohibited items before leaving.
"This year we've had 16 firearms that have come through this checkpoint and, of course, that comes with pretty significant civil penalties and it slows us down and you'll be referred to law enforcement," said McGhee Tyson TSA Federal Director Steve Wood. "This year we've had 16 firearms that have come through this checkpoint and, of course, that comes with pretty significant civil penalties and it slows us down and you'll be referred to law enforcement," said McGhee Tyson TSA Federal Director Steve Wood.
Passengers between the ages of 12 and 75 are still required to remove their shoes. Passengers between the ages of 12 and 75 are still required to remove their shoes.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - The holiday travel season is now in full swing and that means more crowds at the airports and longer lines at security checkpoints.

Those lines can be even longer if you try bringing prohibited items through.

The do's and don'ts of packing for a flight may seem like common knowledge by now, but several recent events at McGhee Tyson Airport have the TSA saying otherwise.

"This year we've had 16 firearms that have come through this checkpoint and, of course, that comes with pretty significant civil penalties and it slows us down and you'll be referred to law enforcement," said McGhee Tyson TSA Federal Director Steve Wood.

The TSA says in almost every case, the person in possession of the firearm claimed to have forgotten it was in their bag.

To avoid more forgetful passengers TSA is asking everyone to inspect their luggage thoroughly for those prohibited items before leaving.

Also, make sure you have proper identification. Be prepared to remove your belt, shoes and coat.

Finally, remember the 311 rule.

"No more than three ounces in a quart-sized bag and one bag per passenger," said Wood.

One of the most common mistakes made during the holidays has to do with presents.

"We'd ask you not to wrap those before you come to the airport," said Wood.  "Please save that for your destination and then wrap them, in case we have to inspect those packages further."

TSA has also changed some policies to make things a little smoother for travelers.

"We've gone to a risk-based protocol so that when children under twelve or those over 75, they can come through the checkpoint without taking their shoes off," said Wood.

If you still have questions about what you can and can't bring, there's an app for that. It's called 'MyTSA' and is available on both Apple and Android phones.

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