Holiday Travel Tips from Richmond International Airport

November 21, 2016

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 21, 2016) - Every holiday season, Richmond International Airport (RIC) prepares to ensure we provide a smooth travel experience for all our customers. With Thanksgiving signaling the start of the holiday travel season, RIC recommends passengers follow these travel guidelines for a safe and stress-free travel experience. 

Know before you go

  • Remember, it's 3-1-1 for liquids: Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in one quart size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. This includes sun block and tanning sprays. One quart-size bags is permitted per person.
  • Check for prohibited items: Use the "Can I bring my..." feature on TSA's website to check what items are allowed/ not allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. Smartphone users can easily download the free "MyTSA" app for that feature and to find additional helpful information about TSA policies and procedures.
  • Prepare for security: Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out and remove large electronics including laptops and the 3-1-1 compliant liquids bag, from carry-on baggage.
  • Gifts: While wrapped gifts are allowed, security officers may need to unwrap a gift to resolve an alarm. TSA recommends passengers wrap gifts after their flight or ship them ahead of time to avoid the possibility of having to open them during the screening process.
  • Food: Food items such as pies and cakes are permitted, but may require further inspection.  If travelers are not sure if a food item is considered a liquid or gel, it is best to pack the item in checked baggage or ship it to a destination in advance.
  • Children 12 and under and adults 75 and older: TSA has modified the screening procedures for children 12 and under and adults 75 and older.
  • TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 complaint liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select screening lanes. Those eligible for TSA Pre✓® can participate at more than 180 airports, including Richmond, when traveling on a participating airline. If you are interested in enrolling in TSA Pre✓®, visit www.tsa.gov.
  • TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

Small tips that can make a big difference

  • Thirsty flyers - bottled water: You can't bring a bottle of water through the checkpoint, but you can bring an empty bottle through the checkpoint and then fill it up once you're through security.
  • Footwear: You'll need to remove your shoes at the checkpoint, so wear footwear that is easy to slip on and off.
  • Hold onto your hat - lost & found: People leave items in the checkpoint bins all the time. If you think you may have lost items at a RIC checkpoint, call 804-226-8585.
  • Stay connected: If you are traveling with a laptop or other large electronic items, tape a business card or other identification on it so that if you leave it at a checkpoint, TSA can contact you to make sure you get it back.

RIC Amenities: Customers at Richmond International Airport enjoy a state of the art, two-level terminal featuring upper level departures and lower level arrivals areas, spacious ticketing and baggage claim halls, a variety of restaurants and retail stores, and widened and improved security checkpoint portals. Business travelers enjoy the comfort and convenience of RIC’s Business Center, featuring meeting space, conference rooms and communication services. Other airport amenities include free airport-wide WiFi service, an Inter-Faith Chapel, full service banking offering foreign currency exchange and ATM facilities, free shuttle service between the terminal and economy parking lots, curbside taxi service, USO Center for active duty and retired military personnel, and a Visitor Information Center offering Richmond and regional information.

 


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