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RIC's Tips for Summer Air Travel

July 2, 2013

RICHMOND, VA (July 2, 2013) - The summer air travel season is heating up right alongside the weather. And with air travel poised for takeoff, Richmond International Airport (RIC) wants to make sure that you and your family get a fair shake when you take to the skies.

That's why RIC features a helpful list of air travel tips for customers.

Here are some importinant things to remember when flying this summer:

  • Arrive at the airport early. Factoring in drive time, airport parking, lines at the ticket counter and security checkpoints mean it's a good idea to be an early bird when traveling by air. RIC recommends arriving at least 90 minutes prior to your departure to ensure enough time to navigate to your gate.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a close watch over tickets, wallets, purses, and other belongings. Thieves don't take vacations; but they can ruin yours.
  • Pack smart. Place medicine, jewelry, cameras and other valuable items in your carry-on baggage.
  • Remember 3-1-1. Security regulations limit the amount of gels and liquids passengers can take through security in carry-on luggage. Keep travel-size toiletries to 3 ounces or less that fit comfortably in 1 quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag with 1 bag per passenger. 3-1-1. Not sure if I an item can be brought onto the plane in your carry-on luggage? Use this "When I fly, can I bring?" online tool provided by the TSA.
  • Know your limits. Pack light and know baggage limits. Many airlines now charge for checked luggage and charge extra for overweight bags.  Some are considering even charging for carry-on. Check with your air carrier before you pack.
  • Traveling with food and gifts. When it comes to bringing items through checkpoints, traveling with food or gifts can be a challenge. Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? TSA provides a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.
  • Taking children through security. The TSA asks that you take infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse the stroller before arriving at the metal detector. Get more TSA tips for traveling with children under the age of 12.
  • Medical conditions or special needs. The TSA website provides some helpful information about what to expect at the security checkpoint if you are traveling with a disability or medical condition.
  • Be nice to everyone. Courtesy will come back to you in kind from airline employees, who are far more used to grumpiness and complaints these days than compliments. It might make you feel better about your trip, too!

For more summer travel tips, visit www.flyrichmond.com.


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