Osama bin Laden Dead: The TSA Responds

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In light of Osama bin Laden's death, travel in the coming days might be a bit crazier than usual. The United States, as well as Great Britain and Australia, have issued warnings for travelers abroad. And, some airports are beefing up their security presence.

"We remain at a heightened state of vigilance, but the Department of Homeland Security does not intend to issue an NTAS alert at this time," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano in a statement. "However, our security posture, which always includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond appropriately to protect the American people from an evolving threat picture both in the coming days and beyond."

When reached for comment, the TSA issued this statement to AOL Travel:

"TSA continually evaluates the latest threats and screening measures which are implemented based on the latest intelligence. As always, passengers may notice a variety of security measures at U.S. airports to include the use of explosives detection technology, physical bag checks, random gate screening, canine teams and behavior detection officers. We ask the traveling public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities."

For those who are still wary of the prospect of backed-up screening lines, here are a few tips from the TSA to keep in mind.

Pack in layers – Alternate between clothing and electronics in carry-on bags. This will allow officers to more easily scan bags.

Check all coats and jackets when possible.

Do not wrap gifts. Otherwise security might be unwrapped for inspection.

Avoid wearing items that will set off the metal detector. These include: underwire bras, belt buckles, metal hair clips, metal buttons, heavy jewelry, keys, loose change and body piercings.

Wear slip on shoes.


And of course, the old standby: Be nice to the TSA.


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