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Summer 2013 Notice:

To enhance the screening efficiency, it is extremely important that all liquids, aerosols and gels be removed from your carry-on luggage before sending it through the X-ray.  If an item is left in the bag, this will require an “extra” bag check to resolve the item. This extra step could take between 1-5 minutes per bag and could possibly stop the screening process for your lane for that time.  Because of this oversight by passengers, there are an average of 650 extra bag checks per day at STL.

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in the screening bin.

One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring; 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

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, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.
Visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/index.shtm to review the Travel Assistant section which covers the following topics:

  • The Screening Experience
  • Dress the Part
  • What you Need
  • Do I Have to Remove My Shoes?
  • Keep Your Experience Simple
  • Travel Tips To Make Your Screening Experience Hassle-free
  • Know What to Expect 

Concerned that you may be carrying an unsafe or hazardous material onboard or in your luggage. Check out the TSA website that has the latest information on how you can pack safely.  www.faa.gov/go/packsafe.

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Contacts for TSA-STL Region
(314) 656-1153
TSA Lost and Found (314) 595-0423
Federal Security Director – Bill Switzer
Assistant Federal Security Director for Screening Operations – Dennis Thompson
Assistant Federal Security Director for Regulatory – Bert Armstrong
Customer Service/Stakeholder Manager – Debra Thomas

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