Pittsburgh International Airport

MEDIA ADVISORY: TSA to Offer Travel Tips


MEDIA ADVISORY: TSA to Offer Travel Tips

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) on Monday, March 27, will provide travelers with tips and advice on what is and is not permitted in your carry-on bags when traveling by air. A display of prohibited items stopped by our officers at PIT will be featured.

Hundreds of pounds of VAP (Voluntarily abandoned property consisting of prohibited items such as knives and brass knuckles) and HazMat (hazardous materials such as household chemicals) were stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at PIT last year. These items have included stun guns, inert grenades, brass knuckles and martial arts tools.

Passengers are also reminded that the 3-1-1 rule still applies to carry-on bags. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1-quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag is permitted per passenger; and the plastic bag must be taken out of your suitcase and placed into a screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring and enables quick screening.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag, but they must be declared for inspection at the checkpoint before you send your bag into the x-ray tunnel. If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in your checked baggage. But make sure they are not HazMat as certain chemicals are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.

Be prepared. Each time a TSA officer has to open a carry-on bag due to prohibited items, it slows down the line for you and everyone else. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule and leaving home without your prohibited items will facilitate the checkpoint experience and reduce your travel stress.

Call TSA Cares at (855) 787-2227. TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Call 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

TSA Passenger Support Specialists are available.Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may ask a TSA officer or supervisor for a passenger support specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance.

WHO: TSA Spokesman Mike England
WHAT: Sound bites on travel tips and what is or is not permitted in your carry-on and what is not even permitted in your checked bags. B-roll and photos of interesting - but prohibited – items stopped locally.
WHEN: Monday, March 27, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Meet on the Ticketing Level
Please RSVP your intent to attend to michael.england@tsa.dhs.gov