Tips for travelers heading through airport checkpoints...

BWI DIGEST

May 06, 2002

Tips for travelers heading through airport checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration has issued reminders to help travelers pass through security checkpoints at airports and has issued an updated list of items that passengers may not take onto aircraft.

Items permitted in aircraft cabins include: pets (if permitted by airline; check on procedures); walking canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed); nail clippers with nail files attached; nail files; tweezers; safety razors (including disposable razors); syringes (with medication and professionally printed label identifying medication or manufacturer's name); insulin delivery systems; and eyelash curlers.

A list of more than 60 prohibited items is listed on the agency's Web site: www.tsa.dot.gov.

Travelers should be aware that there are no provisions for returning banned items to them when they are left at the security checkpoint. Also, those who attempt to bring banned items through the checkpoints are subject to civil penalties of up to $1,100 for each violation in addition to criminal penalties.

Career fair to be held May 15 at airport

Baltimore-Washington International Airport's fourth career fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at the international terminal.

The fair, co-sponsored by the airport's Office of Fair Practices and the BWI Business Partnership Inc., seeks to meet the personnel needs of the businesses at the airport and in the surrounding area. Participating employers are seeking to fill a range of entry-level to professional positions, including customer service representatives, engineers, flight attendants and ramp agents, site supervisors, food service and field managers, law enforcement special agents and leasing personnel.

Information: 410-859-7949.

Tourism activities planned at BWI on Thursday

BWI's Welcome Center will participate in National Tourism Week on Thursday at the lower-level baggage claim area of the terminal, where 40 tourism representatives will provide information and offer drawings for prizes and giveaways.

According to the Travel Industry Association of America, visitors to Maryland spent $8.3 billion in 2000, compared to $7.7 billion in 1999.

Information: 410-691-2878.

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