George Hobica Special to USA TODAY Published 5:00 AM EST Dec 18, 2018 Long lines are the bane of the airline passenger’s existence, especially during peak holiday travel. A cascade of them, from check-in to security to boarding, and then through immigration and customs clearance, isn’t just annoying: These lines can make you miss your flight, especially if navigating an unfamiliar airport, and more so if you arrive with little time to spare before takeoff, or if your connection is tight. Even “fast lane” departure and arrival lines, meant for business- and first-class passengers, when and where offered, provide no panacea. Lines are the great leveler, like death. You may have flown to London in first class but end up waiting in the same queue as the poor guy in the middle seat at the back of the plane by the lavatory. Here are some of the ways you can shorten the wait, or even eliminate waiting altogether. Government programs You’ve probably already … [Read more...] about Airport security: Hate lines? Pay to make them go away
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New airport security rules for hand luggage will see powders restricted in the same way as liquids are limited to 100ml. Australia is following in the USA's footsteps and bringing in new regulations around powders, with the new rules kicking off from Saturday 30th June. Passengers travelling to or from Australia will be limited to a total of 350g worth of powder - but some products won't be allowed through airport security altogether. A document outlining the rules explains that the ban will apply to 'inorganic powders' such talcum powders, powdered deodorant and salt or sand; you'll have to place these in your checked bag or ditch them at airport security. However, 'organic' powders such as baby formula, medicines, food and most make-up powders should be fine (if you're unsure, it's worth calling ahead and checking). They've also specified that cremated human remains are exempt. Of course there are a few miscellaneous items that are best to pack away - for example that snow globe … [Read more...] about New hand luggage rules see powders restricted like liquids in airport security
AIRPORTS are stressful places... and the security scanners are the worst part of all. Trying to squeeze a week's worth of toiletries into a tiny plastic bag while an airport official watches over is enough to bring even the most seasoned traveller out in a sweat. But that could all be over this summer - thanks to these genius things called toiletry bars. Innovative companies are now selling items that would normally come in liquid form as a hard block, meaning that it doesn't have to take up space in your precious plastic bag. Leading the charge is Lush, with their new cruelty-free shampoo bars. The bars are said to last between 80 and 100 washes, doing the job of three 250g bottles of liquid shampoo, and cost just £6.25. The description says: “Small but perfectly formed, they're ideal for travelling. "These long-lasting, light little bundles of shampoo are concentrated, so there won't be a carry on at the airport if there's one in your carry-on." To use the … [Read more...] about Genius toiletry bars that don’t go in a liquids bag at airport security
WELL-TRAVELLED Brits are well aware of the rules about how much shampoo and toothpaste you can bring in hand luggage for a flight. But what food are you allowed to take through airport security? Thanks to the 100ml liquids rule, there are some pretty strange rules about what officials will let you take onto the plane. We’ve set out the rules below, to try and clear matters up… Adult food Cakes, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and all other completely solid food is fine to take through UK airport security. However, there are a number of items that you probably wouldn’t consider liquids that are banned. For example, pots of jam, hummus, syrups, honey and guacamole all have to be 100ml or under containers – and they have to fit in that tiny plastic bag with your other liquids. Bizarrely, if you took the hummus out of the pot and spread it on slice of bread, it would be considered acceptable though. Jars of olives and gherkins also count as a liquid, even though they … [Read more...] about Can you take food through airport security, can you take liquids on to the plane which items are banned?
Keeping Australians safe in the current security climate justifies giving police new powers to check identifications at the nation’s airports, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. The Prime Minister on Tuesday spruiked security measures outlined in last week’s federal budget, including millions for full body scanners and advanced X-ray equipment to be rolled out across major and regional airports. Proposed new laws will also allow Australian Federal Police officers to conduct identity checks at airports and order people to leave the premises. Mr Turnbull seized on recent “brutal” terrorist attacks in Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, to highlight the threat posed by terrorists in the region. “It reminds us of the need to be ever vigilant,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Melbourne. “There is no place for ‘set and forget’ in defending Australians.” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was worried about gels, … [Read more...] about Airport security guards get new powers as more full body scanners installed