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Holiday travel guidelines issued

December 7, 2005

Albany-- Millions of people will take to the skies for Christmas, and with new safety rules, it may be unclear as to what you are allowed to take with you on the plane.

The Transportation Security Administration has made some changes to their guidelines. Beginning December 22, passengers are permitted to carry scissors with a cutting edge of four inches or less. Tools like screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers, smaller than seven inches, will also be permitted on board.

The TSA estimates average wait time for security checks for a passenger leaving the Albany airport would be from 9 to 18 minutes. At the Atlanta airport, check times range from two minutes to 30 minutes.

Items that did not make the list include pocket knives, lighters, and scissors longer than four inches. Also, tools like drills, hammers, saws and crowbars.

Airport officials tell us that guidelines can change and recommend that you visit if you have questions.

The National Geographic offers the following security tips:

• Pack valuables and fragile items, like laptops or jewelry, in your carry-on bag. • Avoid overstuffing checked luggage, which can be more difficult and time-consuming to search.
• Try to carry fewer metallic items, including keys, coins, phones, et cetera, in your carry-on bag. Remove laptops and video cameras from their cases so they can be placed in a plastic bin for screening.
• Remove your overcoat, as well as your jacket, blazer, and suit coat. Sweaters and sweatshirts are OK if not unusually bulky.
• Consider wearing flip-flops, sandals, or other nonmetallic and easily removable footwear that won't raise suspicions. Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim, Rockport, and other shoemakers market "airport friendly" shoes that are free of metal shanks.


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