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Follow these simple rules so that your next flight will be as smooth as possible under Code Orange.

For faster security checks:

  • Wear slip-on shoes.
  • Remove all metal objects from your person, including eye glasses and put them in your carry-on.
  • Carry plastic objects whenever possible
  • Pack film in clear plastic bags. Do not pack it in your checked baggage.
  • Pack all sharp objects—scissors, clippers, nail files—in your checked baggage.
  • Pack all batteries, matches, cigarette lighters, etc. in you checked luggage.
  • Do not wrap gifts, but pack wrappings and wrap after you arrive.

Pack for security:

  • Best size luggage is 26 inches, not only for easy totting but also for security checks.
  • If packing shoes, place them near to the top or one side of your bag.
  • Pack as neatly as possible.
  • Group smaller items in plastic Ziploc bags.
  • Travel as lightly as possible.

Leave these items at home:

  • Scissors
  • Pen knives
  • Corkscrews
  • Nail clippers
  • Batteries
  • Nail files
  • Tweezers
  • Any sharp instrument
  • Aerosol sprays

If you’re using an electronic ticket, remember:

  • You can check in at a kiosk and avoid long lines.
  • You can’t switch airlines if your original flight is cancelled unless you exchange your e-ticket for a paper one.

Always carry a photo I.D. (passport or driver's license) that's easily accessible.


  • Arrive at the airport earlier than normal.
  • Be organized—the more, the better.
  • Keep your ticket handy at all times.
  • Don’t leave your carry-on bag alone.
  • Be patient.
  • Don’t joke about security or bombs.
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