New TSA screening rules apply to AMC

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
People traveling on Air Mobility Command charter and military aircraft will face the same new security measures travelers across the nation are adhering to now.

A memo released last week by Col. Tonja Brickhouse, chief of the Air Transportation Division at AMC, reminded AMC passengers that all AMC-owned and operated terminals will comply with the screening changes implemented by the Transportation Security Administration.

"We follow all the same guidelines -- and it includes all Department of Defense travelers," said Lt. Col. Mike Cannon, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron commander.

According to TSA's Web site, the update to the prohibited items list and screening process prohibits passengers from carrying most liquids, gels and lotions and other items of similar consistency in carry-on luggage.

Exceptions to the guidelines include baby formula, breast milk and juice, if a baby or small child is traveling, prescription medicine with a name that matches passengers' tickets, up to 8 ounces of liquid or gel blood sugar treatment and up to 4 ounces of other essential non-prescription liquid medicines in original packaging, according to the Web site.

Also, passengers are now required to remove all types of footwear before walking through metal detectors, according to the Web site.

Colonel Cannon said travelers at McChord have been cooperative when it comes to the new regulations.

"We haven't had many complaints because we don't have the long lines," he said.

But Colonel Cannon advised all travelers to do their homework when it comes to packing their bags.

"Before you get to the terminal, make sure all your liquids are in your checked bags," he said. "That will make the process a lot smoother."

Travelers can visit for a full list of the prohibited items or call the passenger terminal at 982-7259 to check on updates or changes in guidelines or regulations at McChord.