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All Ariana Passengers are kindly requested to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the departure.

What to Expect and Know When You Fly

As you know, airport security is at an all-time high. There are many restrictions on what you can and can't bring on a flight, and procedures you must follow prior to boarding the plane. These restrictions and regulations have been put in place to insure the security and welfare of passengers, and make flying as safe as possible. If you haven't flown in a while, you need to be aware of some standard airport security procedures that passengers must obey if they want to make their flight. These procedures and regulations do take time, so be sure to plan ahead and get to the airport in time to make it through security and to your flight.

Carry-on Luggage

In general, the airlines allow 1 piece of carry-on luggage per passenger. Your carry-on luggage cannot be too big and must be within the size requirements established by the airline. So before you pack your carry-on, check out the airline's website for details on carry-on luggage size and restrictions. Depending on the events of the day, certain items won't be allowed in your carry-on, so be sure to check with the airlines and also the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for specific items currently not allowed on flights. For a list of current carry-on restrictions, visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at http://www.tsa.gov.

Check-in Procedures

The check-in procedure varies from airline to airline and even airport to airport. Some airlines offer quick check-in for those with E-tickets (tickets purchased online) or reserved tickets. Some require you to check in at the desk. If you have questions or concerns about your ticket, it's a good idea to check in at the airline desk. Quick check-in normally involves automated check-in machines that verify your ticket via the credit card you purchased it with. Regardless of how you check-in, you will need to show your I.D. Most airlines won't let you fly using another person's ticket without special arrangements made ahead of time.

The Airport Security Screening Process

Once you get your ticket, the next step is to go through airport security. Over the years, airport security has become a huge ordeal. Depending on the time of year (i.e. holiday season), just getting through the airport security and screening area can take up to an hour or more. That's because today, airport security screening is more stringent than it has been in years prior.

What's Involved in Airport Security Screening

X-Raying Your Carry-on Luggage. It's standard procedure to x-ray all carry-on luggage before you enter the boarding area. You simply place your luggage and/or bags on the conveyor belt and it goes through an x-ray machine. If there is anything suspicious in your luggage, airport security will pull you aside and inspect your bag(s) in detail. 

Taking off Your Shoes. It has become standard procedure to have all passengers remove their shoes and have them x-rayed. This is a result of previous terrorist threats and is now common practice in airports across the nation. So, be prepared to send your shoes through the x-ray machine during security screening.

Removing All Metal Objects and Walking through the Metal Detector. The final step in the screening procedure is to remove all metal objects and walk through the metal detector. This is to check for those trying to smuggle weapons, explosive devices, etc. through airport security. Removing all metal objects prior to stepping through the metal detector eliminates false alarms. Airport security isn't looking for those smuggling car keys into the airport. So, before you step through, remove any metal objects, including keys, loose change, jewelry, and even belts. This will help get you through airport security faster.