Air carriers and FAA notify airport of new carry-on and checked baggage restrictions

Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) was notified of new carry-on and checked baggage restrictions being enforced by air carriers and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  These agencies are enforcing restrictions for items allowed for transport onboard passenger aircraft, particularly lithium ion batteries.  The restrictions are effective immediately.

When travelling (carry-on or checked baggage) with battery operated items that can generate heat or potentially produce spark be sure to remove the batteries.  Batteries must be packed in a manner to preventing a short circuit by putting them in a separate pouch with their terminals covered with tape.  Hoverboards are NOT permitted to fly.  Safety concerns due to the batteries have prompted Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America from allowing the items on board in carry-ons or checked baggage.  Remember to check with your air carrier about items allowed in carry-ons and in checked baggage.  For additional details visit www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/more_info/?hazmat=7.

Avoid frustration during the Holiday travel season with these tips.  Do not wrap gifts prior to your flight.  The Transportation Security Admiration (TSA) enforces restrictions to carry-on items, liquids, gels and pastes must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less and all must fit in one quart size clear bag, one per passenger.  Jams, jellies and peanut butter are examples of items considered to be a gel or paste that are prohibited in a carry-on, but can travel in checked baggage.

RDM is expecting a record number of travelers over the upcoming holidays.  Allow plenty of time prior to scheduled departure.  Be prepared for possible snow or ice conditions on roads, parking lots and walkways.  Some air carriers close passenger and checked baggage processing forty minutes prior to departure.  Passengers are encourage to check-in and proceed through the passenger screening checkpoint ninety minutes prior to departure time.

The Airport’s website, www.flyrdm.com, provides links and contact information for air carriers, TSA and FAA websites where additional information and flight status can be found.

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