Airport travel tips for Spring Break vacations

Posted at 10:27 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 11:44:28-05

TULSA – For many families in Tulsa, Spring Break vacations are around the corner. The Tulsa International Airport is offering from quick travel tips for those heading out of the state.

Before leaving the airport:

  • Liquids and gels in containers larger than 3.4 ounces should be packed in checked luggage.
  • Liquids and gels in containers 3.4 ounces and smaller may be packed in carry-on bags, as long as the following conditions are met:
  1. The containers are 3.4 ounces or less.
  2. All containers must fit into one quart sized or smaller Ziploc bag.
  3. Passengers are limited to one bag.
  • FAA rules prohibit the placement of electronic cigarettes in checked luggage. Passengers must carry e-cigarettes in their carry-on bag. Any liquids must fit in the quart-sized Ziploc with other liquids and gels that the passenger is taking through the checkpoint.
  • Travelers may carry on board one bag that fits in the overhead bin or under the seat, plus one personal item. Check with your airline for any applicable carry on fees. Personal items include things such as purses, briefcases or laptops. A list of permitted and prohibited carry-on items is available at
  • Valuables including cameras, jewelry, documents, prescription medicine, and car keys should be placed in your carry-on luggage and kept with you at all times.
  • Suitcases should be properly labeled on the exterior and interior of the bag with the passenger’s name and cell phone number.
  • Passengers should have the address of their hotel or final destination available should their suitcase be delayed. This will need to be given to the airline so the bag can be delivered upon its arrival.
  • All passengers (other than minors) are required to present a government issued photo ID. International travelers of any age must have a passport and other required documents. Passengers should make copies of these documents and carry an extra set with them or electronically scan the documents and e-mail a copy to them to have available should their original identification be lost or stolen.
  • Many airlines now allow passengers to check in for their flight up to 24 hours prior to its scheduled departure and print a boarding pass from home. Passengers should check with their airline’s website for additional information.
  • Passengers departing before 8 a.m. should arrive two hours prior to their scheduled departure time. All other passengers are advised to arrive 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time for domestic travel and two hours early for international travel. Passengers should also verify the airport arrival times for their return flights as some airports experience lengthier.

When you arrive at the airport:

  • Passengers have four convenient parking options when traveling from TUL – garage, economy, economy self-serve, and valet. Garage parking is most limited at this time because of an expansion project that is currently underway. Travelers in a rush or wanting to avoid inclement weather will have the option of dropping their cars off curbside with the valet attendant located outside of the ticket counter doors. To learn more about parking services, click here.
  • To reduce waiting time, you can always use the self check-in machines!
  • Have your photo ID, driver’s license or passport ready when you head to the security checkpoint! Go ahead and take off your shoes and jackets so it’s easier to pass through the line. Also remember to take all electronics from your bag and place them in their own bin. Of course put your cellphone, loose change or keys in your carry on bags before walking through the security line.
  • Travelers who have medical conditions or disabilities are encouraged to call the TSA Cares toll-free helpline in advance of their trip at 1-855-787-2227 to ask about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the checkpoint. It is recommended to call 72 hours in advance of the trip.

And remember when you are picking someone up at the arrivals curb to keep in mind that it is for active loading only.

Safe travels, everyone!

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