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SOME SIMPLE RULES FOR CODE ORANGE
by Bob Brooke

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.

REMEMBER TO:

  • 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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