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TSA Screening Procedures for Private Flights


October 12, 2006

By Greg Raiff


The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has changed security screening procedures for airports, by monitoring carry-on liquids and gels aboard all Commercial Airline flights. With a few exceptions, passengers are only allowed to carry on travel-sized toiletries of three ounces or less, if they are contained in one quart-sized clear plastic zip-top bag past the screening checkpoint or on-board a Commercial Airline.

When flying privately,  each trip is designed to be as convenient as possible while implementing the highest security standards set by TSA for Private Charter flights.  Chartered aircraft are flown when applicable from one private terminal/FBO to another where TSA screening requirements and procedures are designed for specificly for privately chartered flights, depending on the departing/arriving private aviation facility. Below is a list of personal items TSA is currently monitoring on scheduled Commerical Airline flights vs. a Single Entity Private Charter leaving flying from a FBO to FBO.

Commercial Airliners Vs. A Single Entity

Private Charter Flying from FBO to FBO

Carry-On Rules & Regulations

Carry-On Items

Commercial

Private*

Aerosol spray bottles and cans greater than 3 oz.**

No Yes

All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.

greater than 3 oz.**

No Yes

Bubble bath balls, bath oils or moisturizers

greater than 3 oz.**

No Yes
Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents No Yes

Deodorants made of gel or aerosol

greater than 3 oz.**

No Yes
Eye drops - passengers allowed to carry up to 4 oz. of eye drops. Volumes greater than 4 oz., are only permitted in checked baggage. No Yes

Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics - Gel-filled bras may be worn through security screening and aboard aircraft.

Yes

Yes

Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol greater than

3 oz.**

No Yes
Hair straightener or detangler greater than 3 oz.** No Yes

Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex greater than 3 oz.**

No Yes

Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Liquid foundations

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Liquid sanitizers

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Liquid soaps

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Liquid mascara

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Make up removers or facial cleansers

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Mouthwash greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Nail polish and removers

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills - Up to 4 oz. of essential non-prescription liquid medications.

Yes

Yes

Personal lubricants - Up to 4 oz. Yes Yes

Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 4 oz., of eye drops with you. Volumes greater than 4 oz., are only permitted in checked baggage.

No

Yes

Shampoos and conditioners

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

Toothpaste

greater than 3 oz.**

No

Yes

** Travelers are allowed to carry travel-sized toiletries of 3 oz. or less IF the items are contained in one quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag.   

*Single entity private charter flying from FBO to FBO.

The Cost of Commercial vs. Private Charter


October 11, 2006

By Greg Raiff

When it comes to chartering a private aircraft, it is assumed the per passenger cost is much higher than scheduled commercial flights. In some cases, this might be true. The aircraft price is based on many elements not the least of which is the destination and capacity of the aircraft. By using the aircraft at a full or near full utilization, the pro rata cost could actually be lower (and in some cases, significantly lower) than what you might expect to pay for a business or first class seat on a scheduled carrier. Clearly, VIP private jet service is not suited to every group and budget. However, when your budget and destination would typically allow for a business or first class fare on a commercial flight, chartering may prove to be the preferred solution.

Preparing for the Unknown When Traveling


October 09, 2006

By Greg Raiff

Weather, natural disasters, political unrest, and commercial airline interruptions all have an effect on travel. In this Post 9/11 World, companies have spent a lot of time and money in re-structuring and/or creating a Risk Management program to adhere to. In response to the increasing number of corporate travel agents and meeting planners requesting stand-by charters for the "just in case" scenario, PJS has created a complimentary Airlift Contingency Program delivering last minute worldwide airlift solutions no matter the destination, size of group, or dates of travel. This complimentary program provides meeting and incentive planners with pre-packaged airlift options to execute on short notice and is NOT specific to just one operation.

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