Airport Security and Preparation Tips

Prepare for Takeoff is more than a slogan; it is a call for action. Everyone needs to play an active role in contributing to air travel security. Together, airlines, airports, travel agents, government officials, and you, the passenger, can contribute to making air travel safe, secure, and efficient.

How can I contribute?

Become a Smart Traveler. There are preparations you can make before you arrive at the airport to help you move more quickly and efficiently through the new security processes. Here you will find suggestions on what to wear to the airport and how to pack for your trip. We've also included a pre-flight checklist to help you Prepare for Takeoff.

Dress the Part

Be aware that any metal detected at the checkpoint must be identified. If you set off the alarm, you will be required to undergo a secondary screening, including a hand-wanding and a pat-down inspection.

You can remove metal items at the security checkpoint and place them in the bins provided. The bins will be sent through the X-ray machine. You can save time, however, by not wearing metal items or by placing such items in your carry-on baggage before you get in line.

TIP: Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry, or other accessories that contain metal when traveling.

  • Jewelry (pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links, lanyard or bolo tie)
  • Shoes with steel tips, heels, shanks, buckles or nails
  • Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs
  • Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration
  • Belt buckles
  • Under-wire brassieres

Hidden items such as body piercings may result in a pat-down inspection. You may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search.

TIP: Avoid placing metal items in your pockets.

  • Keys, loose change, lighters
  • Mobile phones, pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs)

TIP: Instead, place jewelry and other metal items in your carry-on baggage until you clear security.

TIP: Pack your outer coat or jacket in your baggage when possible.

Outer coats including trench coats, ski jackets, leather jackets, overcoats and parkas must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. If you choose to wear an outer coat to the checkpoint, you will need to either place it in your carry-on or put it in the bin that is provided for you. You will not need to remove suit jackets or blazers unless requested by the screener.

Plan Ahead - Pack Smart

Carry-on Baggage is a small piece of luggage you take onboard the airplane with you. You are allowed one carry-on in addition to one personal item such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera case.

Checked Baggage is luggage you check in at the ticket counter or at curbside. It will not be accessible during your flight.

Below are a number of tips for packing your checked baggage that will help to speed your trip and ensure that your checked bag makes the flight with you.

  • Don't put film in your checked baggage, as the screening equipment will damage it.
  • Consider putting personal belongings in clear plastic bags to reduce the chance that a TSA screener will have to handle them.
  • Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage.
  • Avoid over-packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection.
  • If possible, spread your contents over several bags. Check with your airline or travel agent for maximum weight limitations.
  • Avoid packing food and drink items in checked baggage.
  • Don't stack piles of books or documents on top of each other; spread them out within your baggage.

You can move through the screening process more quickly by following these packing tips:

  • Do NOT pack or bring prohibited items to the airport.
  • Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.
  • Check ahead of time with your airline or travel agent to determine the airline's baggage policy, including number of pieces you can bring and size and weight limitations.
  • Carry-on baggage is limited to one carry-on bag plus one personal item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases, or camera cases. Remember, 1+1.
  • Don't forget to place identification tags with your name, address and phone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop computer. It is a good idea to place an identification tag inside your baggage as well.
  • Avoid overpacking so that your articles don't spill out if your bag is opened for inspection.
  • Think carefully about the personal items you place in your carry-on baggage. The screeners may have to open your bag and examine its contents.
  • Consider placing articles in clear plastic bags inside your baggage to minimize handling of your personal items.
  • Wait to wrap your gifts. Be aware that wrapped gifts may need to be opened for inspection. This applies to both carry-on and checked baggage.
Before You Arrive: Final Checklist
  • To determine how early to arrive at the airport. Recommended check-in times differ by airline and airport.
  • To determine whether you should go to the ticket counter or checked-baggage screening area first. Not all airports are the same since the addition of checked-baggage screening. Curbside check-in may also be available.
  • If you do not have checked baggage and you already have a boarding pass, ticket or ticket confirmation, you can proceed directly to your gate through the security checkpoint. Please note that certain airlines do not offer gate check-in.
Check with your airport
  • To confirm which parking lots are open if you will be parking at the airport. Some lots may be closed for security reasons. Be sure to allow extra time for parking and shuttle transportation.
Check to make sure you:

  • Bring a boarding pass, ticket, or ticket confirmation, such as a printed itinerary and a government-issued photo ID. Children under the age of 18 do not require an ID.
  • Bring evidence verifying you have a medical implant or other device if it is likely to set off the alarm on the metal detector, bring evidence verifying this condition. Although this is not a requirement, it may help to expedite the screening process.
  • Have removed prohibited items such as pocketknives, scissors, and tools from your carry-on baggage.

Have a safe trip and enjoy your flight!

For further details and information please access the Transportation Security Administration’s website at www.tsa.gov/public.

FOR NON -EMERGENCY INQUIRES, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENTOF PUBLIC SAFETY EXT. 1078 (ADD PERFIX 488 WHEN USING OUTSIDE LINES).

Anthrax/ Biological Agents

The U.S. Postal Service suggests that individuals should watch for mail/parcels that:

  • are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
  • have no return address or have one that can't be verified as legitimate.
  • are of unusual weight, given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
  • are marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "Confidential".
  • have protruding wires, strange odors or stains.
  • show a city or state in the postmark that doesn't match the return address.

What should I do if I've received a suspicious parcel in the mail?

  • Do not try to open the parcel!
  • Isolate the parcel.
  • Evacuate the immediate area surrounding the parcel.
  • Call Public Safety at ext. 1078 or 55 to report that you've received a parcel in the mail that may contain biological or chemical substances.

Other Safety Measures:

  1. If you receive an envelope that appears to be empty:

    • Place the envelope in plastic bag.
    • Do not pass the envelope to others for inspection.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 1078 or 55 and notify your supervisor.
    • If you receive an envelope containing powder, and the powder spills out onto surface:
    • Do not clean up the powder. Keep others away.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Do not try to brush the powder off of your clothes.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 1078 or 55 and notify your supervisor.
    • If possible, shut down any fans or air ventilation systems.
    • Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
    • Remove clothing and place in a plastic bag as soon as possible.
    • Shower with soap and water as soon as possible. Do not use bleach or other disinfectants.
    • Put on fresh clothing.
    • Make a list of all people who had contact with the powder and give list to Public Safety.

  2. Package marked with threatening message such as "ANTHRAX":

    • Do not open it.
    • Leave it and evacuate the room.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 1078 or 55 and notify your supervisor.
    • Do not allow others into the area.

  3. Aerosolization, small explosion, or letter stating "Anthrax in Heating System":

    • Leave the room immediately.
    • Secure the entry way.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 1078 (add prefix 488 when using outside line) or 55 and notify your supervisor.
    • Do not allow others into the area.
    • If possible, shut down any fans or air ventilation systems.
    • Remain on the premises until Public Safety arrives.
    • Make a list of all people who were in the area at the time and give it to Public Safety.

  4. A threat by telephone:

    • Do not argue with or antagonize the caller.
    • Listen carefully so that you can recall the details later. Listen for background noises.
    • Call Public Safety at extension 1078 (add prefix 488 when using outside line) or 55 and notify your supervisor.

Facts about Anthrax:

  • Anthrax organisms can cause skin infection, gastrointestinal infection, or pulmonary (lung) infection.
  • To cause an infection, it must be rubbed into abraded skin, swallowed, or inhaled.
  • Disease can be prevented after exposure to Anthrax spores by early treatment with the appropriate antibiotics.
  • Anthrax is not spread from one person to another.

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 1078 (add prefix 488 when using outside line). If you have any health-related questions, call Brooklyn Campus Student Health Services ext. 6450.

Auto Thiefs

Prevention

  • Keep your vehicle locked and your windows rolled up when parked.
  • Activate your car alarm, if you have one.
  • Do not leave any valuables in plain sight. This includes handbags, wallets, cellular telephone, loose change and books.
  • Stay alert, and aware of your surroundings.

Reporting

  • Report all criminal and /or suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety.
  • The emergency telephone number to Public Safety is 1078 or 55 (add prefix 488 when using outside lines).
  • If something seems wrong, it probably is; REPORT IT!!!

FOR NON-EMERGENCY INQUIRES, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY EXT. 1078 or 55 (ADD PERFIX 488 WHEN USING OUTSIDE LINES).

Bomb Threat Procedures

In the event a bomb threat is received by telephone, the call taker will attempt to ascertain as much information as possible from the caller and contact Public Safety immediately at extension 1078 or 55.

If a bomb threat is received by e-mail, the receiver will first print a copy of the e-mail, call Public Safety and then forward the e-mail threat to the Director of Public Safety at PublicSafety@liu.edu. Under no circumstance should the receiver delete the e-mail threat.

Upon receipt of information of a bomb threat to the Brooklyn Campus, the Department of Public Safety will take all action steps as outlined in the Emergency Management Procedure Manual and the Department of Public Safety Standards of Operation Manual to ensure the safety and security of the affected area and campus community.

Local law enforcement authorities will be notified by the Department of Public Safety of all threats against the Campus. The Director of Public Safety or his/her designee will issue an "ALL-CLEAR" message after consulting with law enforcement and applicable campus officials, and only when all officials are in agreement that there is not an active threat to the Campus and the area is safe for students, faculty, staff and/or visitors.

Burglary

To help prevent such occurrences please adhere to the following tips:

  • Lock your door-even when going out for a short period.
  • Always secure and/or conceal valuable items when leaving your room.
  • Never give out your room access code number.
  • Always lock your windows when leaving your room.
  • Do not prop open doors.
  • Be aware of happenings and persons in your building.
  • Report any suspicious persons and/or activity to Public Safety IMMEDIATELY at ext. 1078 or 55.
  • Escort your guest(s) to and from the main entrance of the residence halls.
  • Record serial number of any valuable items when available.
  • For items without serial numbers, take a photo and record a written description.
  • During prolonged breaks such as winter and spring recesses assure that all valuable items are properly secured and remove non-securable items.
  • Information for Commuter Students

Computer Thiefs

To help prevent such occurrences please adhere to the following tips:

Prevention

  • Lock your door-even when going out for a short period.
  • Always secure and/or conceal valuable items when leaving your room.
  • Never give out your room access code number.
  • Always lock your windows when leaving your room.
  • Do not prop open doors.
  • Be aware of happenings and persons in your building.
  • Escort your guest(s) to and from the main entrance of the residence halls.
  • Record serial number of any valuable items when available.
  • For items without serial numbers, take a photo and record a written description.
  • During prolonged breaks such as winter and spring recesses ensure that all valuable items are properly secured and remove non-securable items.

Fire Safety Policy

All members of the Campus Community should be guided by the following:

In Your Building/Classroom

  • Note the location of fire alarms, extinguishers and other emergency equipment.
  • Note the location of landmarks which may aid your exit when visibility is reduced by smoke.
  • Locate at least two emergency exits from your floor and make sure they are free from obstruction.
  • Re-familiarize yourself with standard fire drill procedures.

In the Event of a Fire

  • Remain calm. Act quickly, not rashly. Your object is to survive. If you can exit safely, do so.
  • If not, you must work quickly to defend yourself against smoke and flame.
  • Never open a door without first checking for heat or smoke. Close doors behind you.
  • Do not allow doors to lock behind you. You may be forced to return.

If smoke is encountered during your exit, do not walk upright . . . crawl. The air is cooler and less toxic near the floor.

Never Use an Elevator

  • If smoke is present in a stairwell, avoid it. Choose another route.
  • If your clothes catch fire . . . stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames.
  • If you are in the room where the fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door and call Public Safety at ext. 1078 or 55.
  • Upon exiting, move at least 70 yards from the building. Make yourself or a group designee available to the Public Safety Officers or Firefighters in order to give as much information about the fire situation as possible. Be factual and be calm.

If You are Trapped in a Room

  • Seal door/window cracks and ventilation grills with tape (preferably duct tape) or towels and clothing (preferably wet) to keep the smoke out. If there is smoke in the room, open the window to let it out. Hang an article of clothing, large enough for rescuers to see, out of a corner of the window. Then close the window and keep closed to prevent outside smoke from entering.
  • Do not break the window unless the room has been heavily invaded by smoke and you must get air to survive. Remember, stay close to the floor for air. Call Public Safety at ext. 1078 or 55, report the fire location and your situation. Tie a towel or clothing (preferably wet) around your nose and mouth if necessary to filter smoke. Do not jump.

Always Remember

You must believe that every fire alarm is real. Failure to exit the building when an alarm sounds may put you and others in danger.

Resident Students May Not:

  • Intentionally cause smoke or a fire; including burning candles or incense.
  • Obstruct (penny shut, glue, or jam) a door so as to prohibit entrance and/or exit from a room.
  • Affix tapestries and other room decorations to the ceiling, light fixtures, or in doorways.
  • Accidentally or intentionally misuse fire safety equipment, including but not limited to fire hoses, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, pull-stations, fire alarms bells and smoke detectors.
  • Use extension cords or multi-receptacle outlets with the exception of UL listed power strips with surge protectors.
  • Have live pine present in room.
  • Use or possess open element appliances, including toasters, hot plates, and hot pots in residence hall rooms or other unauthorized areas.
  • Cook or use any cooking utensils.
  • Install personal air conditioning units or portable electric or fuel powered heaters without approval from Student Health.

If you have any questions, please call 718-488-1078 and as for the Fire Safety Director. If you have any health-related questions, call Brooklyn Campus Student Health Services at ext. 6450.

General Safety Tips

These guidelines focus on campus safety, but most also are useful in any major city or public area.

  • Report suspicious activity on Campus by calling the Public Safety Department at extension 55 or 718-488-1078 or by pressing the button on any yellow emergency phone around Campus.
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Walk with a group when possible. If you must walk alone, use well-lighted paths and sidewalks and take the most direct route. Project a confident attitude. Inform someone of your destination and your expected arrival and return time.
  • Carry only necessary cash and credit cards. Always carry enough money for an emergency phone call.
  • If you carry a wallet, keep it in the breast pocket of your jacket or in your side pants pocket; back pocket are easiest to pick.
  • If you carry a shoulder bag, keep it close to your body with one hand on the bag. Never carry a purse by the handle; hold it securely under your arms. If you carry a backpack, do not wear it on your back in crowded situations such as subways.
  • If taking the subway, look for the red or green lights outside the entrance. A red light means that you cannot enter the subway at that location; look for entrance with a green light before going down the stairs.
  • Always lock your car. Before getting into your car check the back seat to make sure no one is hiding in there.
  • In the Residence Hall, keep your room doors locked at all times.
  • Make a record of your valuables such as by recording serial numbers of items like televisions, computer, etc. Keep property secured or in sight.
  • Trust your instincts. You are your best protection.

Holiday Safety Tips

As the Holiday Season approaches, the Department of Public Safety would like to share some holiday crime prevention tips with you.

  • Be sure to lock your doors and windows when leaving your room, apartment or home even for brief periods.
  • Always secure your valuables and never leave items such as pocketbooks, wallets, keys, cell phones etc. unattended even for brief periods of time.
  • Do not display holiday gifts where they can be seen from windows, doorways or openly viewable areas.
  • Be cautious of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. Ask for identification, how the donated funds will be used, etc.
  • When you go out for the evening be sure to turn on the lights and a radio or television so your residence appears to be occupied.
  • Don't leave boxes from TVs, VCRs, Computers, etc. out at the curb for trash pick up. Break them down.
  • Record all serial numbers or mark valuables with an identification number.
  • Carry your purse under your arm with the flap turned into your body.
  • Park in well lit areas. Be aware of your surroundings.

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 1078. If you have any health-related questions, call Brooklyn Student Health Services at ext. 6450.

Missing Student Policy

If a student/person is unaccounted for, the person or persons who initially become aware of such an occurrence must notify Public Safety immediately.

Public Safety will upon receipt of a report of a missing student/person, immediately implement the following procedures:

  • Dispatch a supervisor and two (2) officers to the location of the complainant.
  • Upon arrival, the supervisor/officers will immediately interview the complainant and conduct an initial investigation to obtain as much information on the missing student/person as possible for a campus-wide broadcast.
  • Set up a Command Post as close to the scene as possible.
  • The supervisor on scene will be responsible for ensuring all appropriate policies and procedures are implemented, and all appropriate notifications are made regarding a missing student/person in accordance with Campus policy.
  • If the initial investigation reveals extenuating circumstances regarding the missing student/person (i.e. mentally or physically impaired or handicapped, severely depressed or suicidal, etc.), the supervisor or officer taking the initial report will notify Public Safety Base of these additional details and request additional assistance to begin a more extensive search.
  • In addition, Public Safety Base will broadcast the description and all pertinent details concerning the missing student/person, and immediately notify local Police giving them all required detail of the missing student/person and the known circumstances, and request their immediate response to the location.
  • Upon arrival of additional assistance the supervisor will begin to organize a search using all necessary support services, as circumstances require.
  • Until the arrival of local Police, the supervisor on scene will assume control of the initial investigation and search for the missing student/person. In any event the on-scene supervisor will be responsible for ensuring that a proper investigation and search is being conducted until the arrival of local Police.
  • Upon arrival of Local of local police, all available information regarding the missing student/person will be turned over to Police personnel. At that time the supervisor will relinquish ultimate authority to the police.

Terrorism Precautions

General Safety Recommendations Regarding Suspected Terrorist Activities

Heightened Security is not intended to induce fear and panic. People should go about their normal business while paying particular attention to their surroundings.

Suspicious Behavior/Circumstances:

Be aware of and report to Public Safety the following conditions at 718-488-1078 or if off-campus notify outside law enforcement at 911:

  • People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • People monitoring areas, buildings or entrances.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted, sensitive or private areas.
  • Persons taking photographs of critical facilities.
  • Persons asking detailed information about physical security and/or information with no apparent need for that information.
  • People wearing clothing not consistent with the weather conditions (bulky coat in warm weather etc.)
  • Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations or high traffic areas.
  • Individual attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems).
  • Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.

Be Alert to:

  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Vehicles Parked Near Buildings or Public and Common Areas
  • Unexpected/Unfamiliar Delivery Trucks
  • Unfamiliar Vehicles Parked For Long Periods
  • Vehicles Containing Unusual/Suspicious Parcels or Material
  • Vehicles Arriving and Being Left Behind at Odd Hours
  • Substances Leaking or Spilling from Vehicles

Building/Office Security:

  • Don’t prop open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows. Rectify these situations when you observe them.
  • Account for and secure keys. Don’t leave them unattended or give to unauthorized persons. Report lost keys to building manager/department head.
  • Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when not able to attend to it.
  • Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.
  • Secure all areas when not attended.
  • Be aware of unfamiliar persons in or visitors to your office/lab etc.
  • Protect access codes, combinations and cards, change codes regularly. Report compromised codes to the person in charge of area.
  • Be Prepared: Take time out to familiarize yourself with building evacuation plans/routes.
  • Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks etc.)
  • Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed items etc.)

Additional Safety Recommendations:

  • Closely monitor news reports and Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio/TV stations.
  • Expect delays, searches of purses and bags, and restricted access to public buildings.
  • Expect traffic delays and restrictions.
  • Take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime or terrorist attack.
  • Avoid crowded public areas and gatherings.
  • Do not travel into areas affected by the attack or is an expected terrorist target.
  • Keep emergency supplies accessible and automobile fuel tank full.
  • Be prepared to evacuate your home or shelter in place on order of local authorities.
  • Develop and review family emergency plans.
  • Be prepared for disasters and family emergencies.
  • Increase family emergency preparedness by purchasing supplies, food, and storing water.
  • Assist neighbors who may need help.
  • Avoid passing unsubstantiated information and rumors.
  • Continue normal activities but be watchful for suspicious activities. Report criminal and suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Continue to enjoy individual freedom. Participate freely in travel, work, and recreational activities.
  • Take a first aid and CPR classes.
  • Become active in Campus Watch and/or your local Neighborhood Crime Watch program.
  • Network with your family, neighbors, and community for mutual support during a disaster or terrorist attack.
  • Learn what critical facilities are located in your community and report suspicious activities at or near these sites.
  • Contact local officials to learn about specific hazards in your community.
  • Increase individual or family emergency preparedness through training, maintaining good physical fitness and health, and storing food, water, and emergency supplies.
  • Be familiar with local natural and technological (man-made) hazards in your community and what measures you can take to protect your family.
  • Keep recommended immunizations up-to-date.
  • Know how to turn off your power, gas, and water service to your house.
  • Know what hazardous materials are stored in your home and how to properly dispose of unneeded chemicals.
  • Support the efforts of your local emergency responders (public safety, fire fighters, law enforcement and emergency medical service).
  • Volunteer to assist and support the community emergency response agencies.

For further information contact the Department of Homeland Security’s Web site: www.dhs.gov

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 1078. If you have any health-related questions, call Brooklyn Campus Student Health Services at ext. 6450.