Thursday, August 10, 2006

SHARE Travelers Take Heed

With the upcoming SHARE conference in Baltimore next week, there are sure to be many of you out there who will be traveling to the nation's capital region over the weekend. As you prepare to travel, be sure to factor in additional time at the airport due to the latest TSA warning.

Basically, in response to a recently thwarted terrorist plot in the UK, the threat level has been raised to High (or Orange) for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States. That means the lines will be longer and the searches more thorough going through security at the airport.

Additionally, please read the TSA announcement and heed what it is saying. I am referring specifically to this: "Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane." Please, for everyone's sake, leave your liquids at home:
  • You can get a drink after you pass through security.
  • Every hotel provides shampoo, conditioner, and lotion for free, so you don't need to bring them.
  • If you absolutely have to have your favorite brand, or some gel or spray, pack it in your checked bags.
And yes, please check your dang luggage! Although I am sometimes amused by idiots trying to jam a huge bag into the overhead bin, it becomes less amusing after a two hour amble through security. If you have a large bag check it!

And I'll see you all in Baltimore.

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