Important Air Travel Guidelines & Information
Secure Flight, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) behind-the-scenes watch list matching program, fulfills a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission by assuming responsibility of watch list matching from individual airlines. By establishing a consistent watch list matching system, Secure Flight enhances aviation security and more effectively facilitates air travel for passengers.
Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a passenger’s full name (as it appears on government-issued ID), date of birth, gender and Redress Number (if applicable). By providing complete information, passengers can significantly decrease the likelihood of watch list misidentification. Secure Flight watch list matching takes a matter of seconds to complete, and providing this data enables passengers to print their boarding passes at home or at an airline. An airline cannot ticket without this information because of system inhibition. Failure to provide this information in a timely manner may result in the loss of your seat.
Deposits & Ticketing
There is no uniform rule for deposits and ticketing, as each airline carries their own policies. [For airline-specific policies and information, please visit the website of your air carrier. Some carriers do require nonrefundable deposits.] If flexibility is particularly important for your arrangements, we can ensure that your flights are book with a more flexible air carrier. Traditionally, each ticket does require a $50 deposit per seat, with the ticket amount paid in full within 30 days.
Name changes, itinerary changes, or adjustments to the desired flight route typically incur a fee of $150 per change.
Carry On Luggage & TSA Restrictions
TSA and its security partners conducted extensive testing since August 2006 and have determined that liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. The one bag limit per traveler limits the total amount each traveler can bring. Consolidating the bottles into one bag and X-raying them separately from the carry-on bag enables security officers to quickly clear the items.
- 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
- Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.
- 3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.
- Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening.