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With the holiday season fast approaching, I’d like to take this opportunity to inform you of some travel and security tips that will help make your holiday travel easier and quicker at the airport. 

As of January 1, the Transportation Safety Administration began screening 100 percent of checked baggage at all airports. Please be aware you won’t be able to access your checked bags after they’re screened. Don’t lock your bags. In Peoria, the TSA can unlock and lock your bags during the screening process; however, at your returning airport, you may not be able to stay with your bags. The TSA will cut off your locks if they need to screen inside the bags.

Here are some general security tips from the TSA: 

When passing through passenger checkpoints and walking through the metal detector: 

If the alarm is set off on the detector, the TSA must conduct a secondary screening. This screening includes a hand-wand inspection in conjunction with a pat-down inspection. If you must go through a secondary screening, the screener will direct you from the metal detector to a screening station. The TSA recommends individuals with a pacemaker or other device likely to alarm the metal detector bring identification verifying the condition. This identification will assist in expediting the screening process. If you have any other special needs-like religious or cultural considerations, disabilities, or medical concerns-please inform your screener.

In addition, our gift shop, Up, Up & Away, will mail confiscated items back to your personal residence. The airport will pay up to $5 for shipping.

The TSA’s primary goal is to treat all passengers with courtesy, dignity, and respect during the security screening process. Please remember they’re there to ensure the safety of every passenger.

Everyone needs to play an active role in contributing to air travel security. Together, airlines, airports, travel agents, government officials, and the public can make air travel safe, secure, and efficient. IBI