Category: Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips

Article reposted from the Transportation Security Administration web page. 

We’re in the middle of the holiday season, and as many of us make final preparations to reunite with loved ones, we’d like to take time to remind you of some tips for packing and helpful pointers for your upcoming travel. If you still have last-minute shopping and to-do lists on your mind, make getting through the checkpoint one less thing to worry about.

1. Traveling with Gifts

Wrapped gifts are allowed, but not encouraged: We’re not the Heat Miser; however, we might have to unwrap gifts. If there’s something in the gift that needs to be inspected, we may have to open it. Our officers try their best not to mangle the gift wrap, but it’s not a guarantee and it also slows down the line for everybody else.

Snow globes need to comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule if wish to take it in your carry-on bag. If it is a larger snow globe, please pack it in your checked bag. If you are unsure if the snow globe contains 3.4 ounces of liquid or more, the rule of thumb is that if it is smaller than a tennis ball, it is probably 3.4 ounces or less.

Toys are always fun to play with, but water guns, toy guns, toy swords and other items that resemble real firearms or other weapons can look just like the real thing in an X-ray. This can lead to evacuations and delays while explosives professionals try to resolve the alarm. Please pack these types of toys in your checked bag or ship them to their destination.

Fruitcake, cookies or other holiday treats are allowed, of course. If the food item is a solid (i.e.: ham, turkey, cake, pie, cookies), you can pack it in your carry-on bag. If the food item is spreadable or pourable, then it must also follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule to travel in a carry-on bag.

Batteries in gifts should be transported properly, so be sure to read about what types of batteries you can travel with.

2. Packing personal items

The rule of thumb for liquids, gels and aerosols: You’re allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or smaller sized containers that will fit in one sealed, clear, quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person. Make life simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule.

Deodorant: Flying with deodorant isn’t a sticky situation. Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray deodorant is. Read more this blog about deodorant.

Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc., should be placed in the baggie. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine. Read our blog post on traveling with beauty products.

Jewelry: Read about the best practices when going through security with your jewelry. There are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is.

Medication: One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication?” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers.

Shaving Razors: In brief, all razors are allowed in checked bags. Disposable razors are allowed in carry-on bags, and safety razors with removable blades are not. Check out the blog post for pictures of razor examples and more information.

3. Getting Expedited Screening

TSA Pre® – TSA Pre✓® allows eligible travelers to receive expedited screening. In layman’s terms, it means you get through security quickly. The average wait time in TSA Pre✓® lanes is under 5 minutes! Even if a TSA Pre✓® line looks longer, they move much faster than a standard lane with more convenience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. If you haven’t already, apply now!

TSA Pre✓® travelers (including those enrolled in Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI), have access to faster TSA Pre✓®lanes at more than 200 airports when flying with participating airlines. To find the program that best suits your travel needs, use the DHS trusted traveler comparison tool.

You can now check out TSA Pre✓® lane schedules at the nation’s largest airports. Enter the airport, day of week and time of day you’re traveling, and the tool will return the availability of TSA Pre✓® lanes. When no lane is available, travelers can show their boarding passes with the TSA Pre✓® indicator to receive expedited screening in a standard lane.

TSA Pre® Not Reflected on Boarding Pass: If you’re looking at your boarding pass and you don’t see the TSA Pre✓® indicator even though you’re an approved trusted traveler, we’re here to help! Get live assistance by tweeting @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. Our AskTSA team can help resolve any issues. If you prefer to call, you can reach out to our contact center.

4. Traveling companions:

Traveling with children: Screening is simpler for children 12 and under, so they can keep their shoes on. Read about how to best pack for your child and read how “Kids rule the airport”. Children 12 and under may also travel through the TSA Pre✓® lane if one or both of their parents have it!

Taking Fido with you? Contact your airline first to ask about requirements, fees or restrictions they might have. Read about going through security screening with your pet and what every pet needs to know.

Flying with grandma and grandpa: Simpler screening is available for passengers 75 and older. This means they too can keep their shoes and light jacket on. Other screening procedures may apply should they travel with medical devices or aids.

 

REAL ID Update — September 2018

Current, unexpired license or ID may still be used to fly domestically until October 2020. The REAL ID website has gone live with the latest information REAL ID in Montana. Check for Frequently Asked Questions, list of locations that will be offering REAL ID, costs, and at a later date, the ability to schedule an appointment to get a REAL ID.

(Image courtesy Montana Department of Justice’s Motor Vehicle Division)

TSA Pre-check

Glacier Park International Airport to host TSA Pre✓®

“Pop-up” event is scheduled February 26 to March 2

Online registration is now open

KALISPELL, Mont. (Feb 7, 2018)—For Flathead Valley residents seeking to simplify air travel, Glacier Park International Airport has good news. On February 26, the airport, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will kick off a weeklong TSA PreCheck (TSA Pre✓®) enrollment event. Currently, the nearest permanent enrollment facility in Montana for TSA Pre✓®is more than 400 miles from Kalispell, meaning this event will provide a valuable service to area residents.

TSA Pre✓® allows Trusted Travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt. During peak travel times at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), passengers can also keep their laptop in its case and keep travel size liquids and gels in their carry-on bag. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA Pre✓® on a consistent basis are encouraged to enroll in the program.

“A 2017 study indicates that 97 percent of TSA PreCheck passengers wait less than five minutes in the security line,” says Rob Ratkowski, Airport Director at Glacier Park International Airport. “TSA PreCheck speeds up the screening process and makes the entire travel process more enjoyable. It’s a little like having the fast pass at a theme park.”

 

Ratkowski says that securing an appointment for the event online, in advance, is recommended. “The online pre-enrollment form takes approximately ten minutes and is a straightforward process,” he explains. Though walk-ins are welcome during the five-day event, applicants who pre-enroll online will receive priority.  “You can schedule a time that is convenient for you, if you apply now,” he emphasizes.

 

The event will occur Monday, February 26, through Friday, March 2 in the Swift Current room of Glacier Park International Airport’s main terminal. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

 

To schedule an appointment in advance, visit the TSA Pre✓® enrollment website at www.identogo.com/precheck, click “Apply Now” and select the location, Kalispell, MT. Advance appointments will only be taken online; walk-ins are welcome at the airport during the week of the event. For questions regarding TSA Pre✓® eligibility, the application process, or for media inquiries pertaining to the TSA Pre✓® designation, contact Lorie Dankers, TSA Public Affairs Manager for Montana, at Lorie.Dankers@tsa.dhs.gov.

 

Important for Applicants

  • At the time of interview, applicants must provide proof of citizenship (valid passport, driver’s license, etc.), and a nonrefundable $85 fee. The fee may be paid by credit card, money order, company check or certified check; cash and personal check will not be accepted as payment.

 

  • At the conclusion of the interview, applicants are fingerprinted and a background check will be conducted.

 

  • If an applicant meets all requirements, he or she is assigned a “known traveler number (“KTN”) which, when provided at the time of booking, qualifies passengers for the TSA Pre✓® experience at airport checkpoints nationwide.

 

  • The TSA Pre✓® designation is valid for five years and will be sent via mail to the approved applicant.

 

For more information on airport location or terminal directions, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.

 

ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Portland. For more information about GPIA, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.