The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with ensuring the security of the U.S. transportation systems—especially air travel—which requires screening 600 million passengers per year, including checking travelers’ documents, securing travelers and their luggage, ensuring an efficient screening process and managing the Trusted Traveler programs that provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
To help passengers proceed through the screening process quicker, DHS has tips on its “Travelers” website including for air travel it has the “3-1-1” suggestions, and information on the Secure Flight Program, the Airline Security Screening, as well as what to do to seek “redress.”
DHS says travelers can “make your trip better using 3-1-1,” and it advises that liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. The one bag limit per traveler limits the total amount each traveler can bring. Consolidating the bottles into one bag and X-raying them separately from the carry-on bag enables security officers to quickly clear the items.
In addition, DHS lists information on its’ “Traveler Redress Inquiry Program” (DHS TRIP), which provides further information to individuals who have inquiries or are seeking resolution regarding difficulties experienced during travel screening at transportation hubs—like airports and train stations—or crossing U.S. borders. That information covers:
Screening problems at ports of entry
Situations where travelers believe they have been unfairly or incorrectly delayed, denied boarding or identified for additional screening at our nation’s transportation hubs
For working to process legitimate travelers while still securing the U.S. from those who want to do harm, DHS’ “Travelers” website is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.