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Answers to frequently asked questions about airport travel for students attending the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Be prepared. Before you get to the airport, take the necessary precautions to make your experience as simple as possible.
When should I get to the airport?
Pack your belongings in an organized way, so that if there is a problem, they can open your bag, check things out and move on.
Avoid contraband. Check beforehand to make sure that anything you will bring along, whether in r checked luggage or carry-on is allowed on the plane. Otherwise, you may be forced to throw away these items or even face questioning or prosecution.
Make sure you have your boarding pass and Photo ID (driver's license or passport*) in your hand or pocket before you get in the security line. The line, although long at times, can move quickly, and seasoned travelers can get irritated with anyone that holds up the line digging for the necessary papers.
Pay close attention to directions while you wait in line. It pays to see what other passengers forget.
Put your boarding pass and ID away as soon as they have been checked. Keep your boarding pass in a pocket, as it will be screened again, but put your ID back into your bag to keep it secure.
Step through the metal detector after an employee of the airport has waved you through. If you are selected for additional screening, comply immediately and politely. Collect your belongings and put them away. Making sure you have everything you need, leave the security area quickly, making way for the other passengers.
What is prohibited?
What can I bring on the plane?
Contest Tools—You should anticipate that no competition tools or toolboxes will be permitted as carry-on baggage. Tools and tool cases should be packed carefully and checked as part of your luggage. It is better to check tools than to risk a problem at security.
Call the airline ahead of time if you have questions. Consider shipping your tools to the state assigned hotel, separately, ahead of time.
* Steps to obtain a U.S. Passport
Use the link provided below for complete instructions for passport application:
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