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TSA & CBP Offer Summer Travel Tips

istock_000007224629smallAs Memorial Day weekend comes to a close, the warmer season has begun with summer vacations and travels. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration published some travel tips late last week for travelers to review to ensure safe, enjoyable trips.

The CBP reminds vacationers to make sure they have approved travel paperwork when returning home if they are traveling abroad. Various travel tips from CBP include: be familiar with the items on the prohibited importation list to avoid fines and penalties, know the difference between goods for commercial and personal use, and be ready to declare all items that were obtained abroad.

Although many of the TSA reminders may seem repetitive, especially to experienced travelers, they are even more crucial during summer travel season due to the high volume of travel. TSA reminds travelers to plan ahead for security to streamline the checkpoint process. Specifically, travelers can pack their carry-ons in an organized way, have ID out and ready, shoes and jackets off and have liquids and laptops out.

TSA also reminds travelers that ever since the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day, airports have increased the number of Advanced Imaging Technology, as well as Explosive Trace Detection technology. For those traveling internationally, the CBP’s “Know Before You Go” list of regulations is a helpful tool.

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