I would just like to update you on a few things that will affect you dedicated fliers.
First, customs lines at major airports are already seeing clogs due to the U.S. federal budget sequester (another reason to get GOES/TSA Pre). According to the U.S Department of Homeland Security the customs lines at major airports have already ballooned up to 200 percent of their normal size.
Travel agencies are being warned to alert our clients to anticipate wait increases at customs lines of up to 50 percent and that gateway airports could begin to see waits of up to four hours. TSA and the FAA are also anticipating similar cuts for personnel at security lines and air traffic control due to the Federal budget freeze of the Sequester. Travelers will likely not see immediate impacts at airport security checkpoints, but lines and wait times will increase.
Second, I hope Delta Points readers are aware that TSA said it will soon allow travelers to bring small knives, golf clubs and hockey sticks into airline cabins for the first time since 2001. These new carry-on allowances will take effect on April 25.
Under the new rules you will be able to bring knives without a molded grip and with blades that don’t lock and are less than 6 centimeters or 2.36 inches; novelty-size and toy bats less than 24 inches long and weighing less than 24 ounces; billiard cues, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks, and two golf clubs as part of carry-on baggage (razor blades and box cutters are not allowed) .
My client today laughed and said he wants all his golf clubs not just two. Somehow, this does not make much sense to me when looking at it from a safety stand point. I do not want to be sitting next to the guy with the small knife, 2 golf clubs or the hockey stick. I think it’s hard enough to get through the airport security without having now to measure the size of knives and the weight of novelty bats.
How did TSA go from confiscating my eye lash curler (yes that really happened to me) reprimanding me having 4 ounces of shampoo to allowing me to sit next to the guy with a knife! I am sure this is not making flight attendants any happier as they now need to figure out how to make room in the overhead for lacrosse sticks. So now, basically, you will now wait in long lines with people carrying small weapons.
Until next time! – Tamara
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