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Traveling to Atlanta AMSAT Symposium

for those traveling by plane, here are some of the new directives at the 
airports here in the u.s. just in case you are not aware of them.

Continuous inspections of persons with hand-wands will occur at the security 
checkpoint. Passing through the security checkpoint, all persons will be 
subject to a pat-down or hand wand search.

No item may be passed around a metal detector unless fully inspected or x-
rayed (ie... food, drinks, pagers, mobile phones). The only exceptions are 
Diplomatic mail and pouches under seal, and material classified in the 
interests of national security by the U.S. government.

Knives of any length or description and additional instruments listed below 
are not permitted beyond the security checkpoint or into the aircraft cabin.

Cutting instruments of any length, shape, size or function (including, but not 
limited to, pocket knives, carpet knives, folding or retractable blades 
regardless of blade length or composition, box cutter knives, X-Acto knives, 
ice picks, straight razors, elongated scissors, "Leatherman tools", or "Swiss 
Army Knives") are not permitted beyond the security checkpoint. Any items 
meeting these criteria must be tendered in checked baggage. Any items 
confiscated at the security checkpoint will not be returned to the customer. 
Rounded butter knives and plastic knives are permitted for meal service (but 
not carried through security).

Needles and syringes are allowed if the passenger also has in their 
possession medication that has a professionally printed label identifying the 
medication or a manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label. 

All baggage will be screened using either EDS (Explosive Detection 
Systems), or by a thorough physical search of each checked bag and its 
contents in the presence of the customer. 

Not only do you have to show a photo ID when you check in at the counter 
and tender your baggage, but the photo ID is also required when you board 
the plane and present your boarding pass.

And...don't forget...there is no more curbside baggage checkin or off site 
checkin (ie at a parking garage that provides baggage checkin for an 
airline). You will have to take your bags inside the terminal and check them at 
the counter.

those of you traveling from europe might want to avoid all this by taking the 
atlantic ocean train.


Bruce Paige, KK5DO                    Internet: kk5do@arrl.net 
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