Press Release issued by the
Port of Seattle - September 25, 2001.
Do Your Part: Pack
-Port urges travelers to remove “innocent but
inappropriate” items from carry-on-
(Seattle)--Port of Seattle officials today kicked off a
campaign to keep innocent but inappropriate items out of
carry-on luggage. The goal is to both increase security and
speed the flow of passengers through airport security
"Do your part, pack smart," said Gina Marie
Lindsey, Managing Director of Aviation for the Port of
Seattle. "By keeping innocent but inappropriate items
out of carry on luggage we increase the chance that a true
threat will stand out."
"We all want to do something to assist the effort
against terrorism. This is a simple thing that is within the
power of each traveler," said Lindsey.
Lindsey noted that sharp objects are still coming to airport
checkpoints in carry-on luggage. None has been used in a
threatening way, but each time a security screener must stop
and deal with the item. During that time, the line waiting
to get to airport gates just gets longer.
Banned items include:
Nail nippers, nail files
Razor blades, whether
safety or straight-edged
Pocket knives, Swiss Army
knives, Leatherman-type tools
Any cutter with a blade,
retractable or not
"These items might not
seem like weapons," said Lindsey. "But we now know
they can be adapted, and must not be on aircraft."
Screeners report that many of the items seized have
sentimental value to the owner. At the checkpoint, the owner
is faced with either throwing them away, or possibly missing
his or her flight.
"We've had people tell screeners that even things like
nail nippers have been handed down from their parents and
are family heirlooms," Lindsey said.
Paring down carry-on luggage means that checkpoint lines
will be shorter, and security will be improved. For other
tips on how to Do Your Part: Pack Smart, travelers can go to
the Port of Seattle's web site at http://www.portseattle.org/seatac.
Press release courtesy of the Port of Seattle.
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