The airport’s head of security, Ron Pelayo of the Transportation Security Administration, says despite a massive public outreach campaign, they’re still confiscating prohibited items every day. “Cigarette lighters, we have knives, golf club, tools like screwdrivers and Allen wrenches and weights and an exhaust manifold off a car, things that should be left home.”
Airport spokeswoman Cheryl Marcel says passenger preparedness helps speed up the security checkpoint process. “Just be smart when you’re traveling and take the time to look at the TSA’s website or our website, call the airline ahead and see what they’re recommending in terms of how much time to leave themselves for the airport trip.”
And security director Pelayo says whatever you do, don’t try to be funny. “If someone asks you a question at either ticket counter or the checkpoint please don’t make a joke of it because it’s not a joke.”
A list of prohibited items and other travel tips are at www.tsa.gov.