Tuesday, October 9, 2001
3:00 PM. Eastern Time
FAA Advises Air Travelers on Airport, Airline Security Measures
On Oct. 8, the FAA issued the following tips to help air travelers meet and assist the heightened security measures implemented since the Sept. 11 attacks. Please note that air travelers are limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item on all flights.
Allow extra time:
The heightened measures require more time to properly screen travelers. Travelers should contact their airline to find out how early they should arrive at the airport.
Take public transportation to the airport if possible. Parking and curbside access is likely to be controlled and limited.
Curbside check-in is available on an airline-by-airline basis. Travelers should contact their airline to see if it is in place at their airport.
A government-issued ID (federal, state, or local) is required. Travelers may be asked to show this ID at subsequent points, such as at the gate, along with their boarding passes.
Automated check-in kiosks are available for airlines that have appropriate security measures in place. Travelers interested in this option should check with their airline.
E-ticket travelers should check with their airline to make sure they have proper documentation. Written confirmation, such as a letter from the airline acknowledging the reservation, may be required.
Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the screener checkpoints, except for those with specific medical or parental needs.
Each traveler will be limited to one carry-on bag and one personal bag (i.e., purse or briefcase).
All electronic items, such as laptops and cell phones, may be subjected to additional screening. Be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case so that both can be X-rayed separately.
Limit metal objects worn on person. Travelers should remove all metal objects prior to passing through the metal detectors in order to facilitate the screening process.
Items prohibited from aircraft cabins:
The following items must be placed in, or transported as, checked baggage or risk confiscation.
-Knives of any length, composition or description
-Cutting instruments of any kind and composition, including carpet knives and box cutters (and spare blades), any device with a folding or retractable blade, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors and metal nail files
When in doubt, transport item in checked baggage
-Walking canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed)
-Safety razors (including disposable razors)
-Syringes (with documented proof of medical need)
At the gate:
Travelers must be prepared to present a valid photo identification card, along with their boarding pass.
Travelers and their bags may be subjected to additional screening.
At all times:
Control all bags and personal items.
Do not bring anything onboard for another person.
Report any unattended items in the airport or aircraft to the nearest airport or airline personnel.
Rapid Response Team
Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today directed the FAA to take any steps necessary to support the installation of secure mechanisms on all cockpit doors on the nation's commercial aircraft fleet within 30 days. For more information, see the press release on the Department of Transportation's website at www.dot.gov/affairs/briefing.htm.
The Secretary created a $20 million grant program to develop new technologies for heightened aircraft security. This is part of the $500 million initiative announced by President Bush last month. Airlines interested in the funding process for the Enhanced Airplane Security Program should visit the following website: http://www.airweb.faa.gov/airplane_s.../announce.htm.
General Aviation Flights and NOTAMS
Special interest NOTAMS - Notices to Airmen - issued since Sept. 11 are available online at www.faa.gov/NTAP/.
This is a resource for pilots - especially general aviation pilots and operators. If you are a general aviation pilot and unsure of your authorization status, please contact your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WXBRIEF. Pilots flying under visual flight rules must receive a full briefing from their Flight Service Station or DUATS. The FAA appreciates the patience and understanding of the general aviation community as the FAA works to restore the nation's aviation system after the devastating attacks of Sept. 11. The FAA is deeply concerned about the hardships caused by the current restrictions on VFR flights. These restrictions are being implemented due to high-level decisions based on security considerations.
Federal Air Marshal Program
The FAA is recruiting Federal Air Marshals. The requirements are among the most stringent of any U.S. federal law enforcement agency. The vacancy announcement is posted at http://jobs.faa.gov.
Here you can learn about the job, compensation, qualification requirements, and how to apply. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be under 40 years of age at appointment. Current or former Federal Law Enforcement officers may be over 40 years of age if certain provisions are met. Applicants may complete and submit their applications on-line. Instructions for applying using either the hard copy or on-line applications are available in the vacancy announcement.
FAA Aviation Insurance Program
For U.S. scheduled air carriers that carry passengers and/or cargo, the FAA is offering "gap" third-party war risk liability insurance coverage beyond the $50 million limit set by the private insurance industry. Airlines that want to enroll in this program should go to www.api.faa.gov/911Policies/InsCover.html
Contact the FAA
The FAA has a centralized way for you to communicate comments, suggestions, and concerns related to the Sept. 11 tragedy and its impact on air travel - by e-mail, fax, or by telephone. The e-mail address is 9-AWA-TELLFAA@faa.gov
. The fax number is 202-267-5091. The telephone number - staffed Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time - is 1-866-289-9673. If at all possible, please try to e-mail or fax us.
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