Posted at: 12/18/2012 6:58 AM
Updated at: 12/18/2012 6:54 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren
If you're traveling over the holidays, are you ready for those long lines at the security gate?
The Transportation Safety Administration was at the Greater Rochester International Airport Tuesday morning to give out safety tips and to offer tips for getting through security checkpoints as quickly as possible.
Within the last 30 days, items like pocketknives, corkscrews and fake children’s guns have been voluntarily surrendered by travelers at security checkpoints. These are all items the TSA says can not go in a carryon – so leave them at home.
Remember to empty your pockets of these items before you go through security or they'll probably be taken away. Also, if you are traveling with Christmas gifts, the TSA recommends that you bring wrapping or gift bags instead of wrapping ahead of time. Otherwise there's no guarantee that the TSA agents won't have to open it if it looks suspicious.
Finally, when putting small things in the bin things like change, your phone, your ID, the TSA recommends putting those things in a grocery bag and then put it in the bin so you don't forget some of those small items.
TSA Agent Lisa Farbstein says don't be afraid to use as many bins as you need. “II don’t care if you need six bins, use six bins. You want to take your coat off, put in the bin. You want to take your pocketbook, your bag or stuff like that put it in the bin.”
The TSA says if you have any questions you want answered beforehand, you can go to their website www.TSA.gov or they have a free app.
Officials also say if you know that an elderly person or a child is traveling by themselves and you're bringing them to the airport, you can get a buddy pass from the airline so you can travel with them right up to the gate and make sure that they get on that plane safely.