Going To The Airport

Revised Spring 2008

Airports
Traveling by plane is safe and efficient. Airports are familiar to most people throughout the world. Traveling by air has changed dramatically over the years. In the past people considered plane travel an experience only for the privileged or wealthy. Now, people from almost any social status can travel on planes. Smoking use to be permitted on airplanes but is not acceptable today. Customs have also adapted over the years. There are specific standards and laws people must follow in order to board a plane. People have to carry photo ID and they must go through security screening. These rules become even more burdensome after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Due to the threat of terrorism airport travel has become extremely strict in what a person can and can not do during air travel.

Outside The Airport
When a vehicle drives into the airport parking lot new laws control the driver’s actions. Cars are not allowed to be left unattended in front of the air port. This is because of car bomb threats. If a vehicle is left unattended the car will be towed at the owners expense. Security camera are also emplaced out side to ensure saftey. There is also a fee for anyone who wishes to leave their car in the parking lot for any period of time.

Before Boarding
Before boarding an aircraft there are numerous laws and rules people must follow. Many passengers get upset at the employees for these laws. Sometimes people forget that these laws are implace for the saftey of all passengers.
First, a person is not allowed through security without a valid identification card. When traveling outside of the United States a passport is required. When people come into the United States from other countries they have to provide identification. Any person that wishes to walk someone to the terminal may obtain a pass from the TSA (transportation security administration), this will allow that person to walk to the terminal but not board the plane. If someone does not have an I.D. or a pass they are not allowed to pass security. To pass security people have to go through customs. Passengers will have to put all footwear, jackets, jewelry, cell phones, keys, and other metal items into a bin for screening before they step through the metal detector. Laptops and video cameras must also be removed from their cases and screened individually. People can save time at the checkpoint by putting all metal items into their carry-on bags ahead of time. They can also take their electronic items out of their cases before reaching the security checkpoint. Wearing footware that is easily removed also helps.

Passenger's Belongings
Laptop computers must be taken out of there cases and in some instances turned on. If a computer fails to turn on or run properly it is taken and searched for anything illegal such as substances that could be inside the computer. In most instances the computer only needs to be seen by security to verify it is a computer. Only air marshalls and some law enforcement can carry firearms onto planes. No other person is able to board the plane carrying any type of weapon. All liquids such as hair gel, shampoo, and finger nail remover must be carried in a cellophane container and must be no more than 3 ounces. Not all liquids are banned anymore but not all are acceptable either. According to the latest TSA move, liquids are allowed through security checkpoints if they are in 3-ounce containers (such as trial-size toiletries commonly available at drug stores). In addition, they must be placed in a single, one-quart, clear plastic bag that must be sent through the security X-ray machine separately from carry-on bags.People should not pack wrapped gifts in either their carry-on or checked baggage. This is because the TSA can unwrap them for inspection. A persons best bet is to wrap their gifts once they arrive at their destination. Another option is to ship the gift ahead of time.
Some liquid medications are also allowed, including four ounces of non-prescription medications (i.e. Visine and other eye-care products) or five ounces of juices, baby formula, and breast milk. Prescription medications that match the name on the ticket are also allowed, but must be in their original bottles and not in any other plastic container.
Easing the iron-clad ban makes life easier for women worried about mascara, lip gloss, and other beauty items disappearing in transit but may make for longer waits at security checkpoints — at least until passengers and officers indicate they understand and will abide by the new regulations.

After Checked Baggage
After a person has their luggage checked by security they are no longer allowed to touch their bags. The only people who are allowed to transport the luggage are the baggage handlers. The bags are then boarded on the aircraft and are not able to be seen or touched until back in a secured area. This is the baggage claim inside the airport when people have reached their destination.

Airlines Rights
The airline is not necessarily liable if your flight is delayed or canceled. There are situations, like inclement weather, that are deemed beyond the carriers control. In such cases, the airline will usually refund your ticket even if it's a nonrefundable. The airline will not be responsible for any inconveniencesthe delays may have caused.

The following list is full of situations where the airline may legally deny a person from boarding or remove them from a flight:

A. They must comply with any government regulation of space or request for emergency transportation in connection with national defense or national disasters
B. If there is inclement weather or other conditions beyond the airline's control
C. If you refuse to be searched for explosives or concealed weapons you will not fly.
D. If you refuse to provide positive identification or don't have proper documentation for travel across international boundaries you will not fly.
E. If your conduct is disorderly, abusive or violent, or if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will not fly.
F. If you are barefoot or unable to sit in your seat with seat belt fastened you will not fly
G. If you attempt to interfere with any member of the flight crew or if you have a deadly or dangerous weapon you will not fly.

Conclusion
Traveling by plane has become the the most efficient way of long distance travel. People who choose do travel by plane will have to follow many laws, rules, and regulations. These rules insure the safety for the people traveling and the people who are employees of airliners. The laws also prevent terrorists form harming or attempting to harm people traveling.

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