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Getting Through LAX Airport Security Quickly and Effortlessly

Monday, 17 January 2011 03:04 by Mandy
Flying used to be exciting. You could grab your heavy suitcase (Free of charge), get through security in a flash, walk to the terminal, carry your cold can of Coca-Cola on the plane, and enjoy your flight.  Boy, how times have changed! Now it's suggested that you get to the airport three hours before your flight leaves, and there are so many rules about what you can and cannot pack. How on Earth can anyone be expected to have a good time on a flight anymore? Flying the skies doesn't have to be stressful. While getting through security might not be fun, it can be easier.
First of all, gone are the days when you could get through airline security with your contact solution and shampoo in their regular-sized bottles. If you want to avoid having your solution, shampoo, and other toiletries thrown into the trash on the day of your flight, invest in 3.4 ounce bottles and transfer your liquids into those. Then, put them in a zip-lock bag for safe keeping. If you have a toiletry bag, stow the zip-lock bag inside of it.
One of the most important things that you can do to make your walk through security easy is to dress comfortably. You might be on your way to a professional conference in Dallas, or a swanky wedding in St. Louis, but you don't have to dress to the nine's to fly. Wear slip-on shoes (Don't forget your socks! You don't want to step on that dirty airport floor!), and avoid wearing a belt. Belts can cause the scanner to go off, setting you and other passengers back a few minutes. Forget the jewelry too. Put any jewelry you want to take with you in your carry-on or suitcase.
If you're taking electronics with you on that trip, you'll need to specially prepare those for the voyage too. Put all electronics that you don’t want in your carry-on in between layers of clothing in your suitcase, so that they are protecting from being jostled around. If your laptop is going on the plane with you, make sure you place a label on it for the ride through security.
Moreover, keep in mind that some things you think will be permitted on an airplane are not. Getting caught with these things in the security line will only cause more of your time to be wasted. What are some of those things?
If you're a smoker, common lighters are allowed. Torch type lighters, such as some butane lighters, are not allowed, but can be checked in your luggage.
Wearing gel insoles in your shoes for added comfort during those walks through the airport? Take those out before you leave home! They aren’t allowed on airplanes.
Bringing your sewing kit on your trip, just in case one of your outfits rips? Think again. Small scissors and other sharp objects are not allowed on the plane.
While getting through the airport to your destination may be a hassle, your airport parking doesn’t have to be if you prepare ahead of time.  Try an online airport parking reservation website like AirportParkingConnection.com that will allow you to reserve your parking before you arrive at the airport.  Find great deals at discounted rates with off-airport parking facilities featured.  Anything from LAX parkingJFK parkingLGA airport parkingPhilly airport parkingMidway airport parking, to O’Hare airport parking can be found online!  
 

APC Welcomes Valet Connections/Comfort Inn of Detroit DTW Airport!

Thursday, 13 January 2011 06:34 by Mandy

As of Friday, January 14th, APC has expanded to a new airport!  If you are flying out of the Detroit Metro Airport(DTW), you can now find and reserve airport parking for Valet Connections/Comfort Inn.  Valet Connections has many services to offer!  You can find a low rate of only $6.50/day, free shuttles run every hour and 1/2 hour, and open 24 hrs.  Check out their new listing and use code "TWITTER" for an additional 10% off!  Save yourself, time, money, and stress!  Book online now!

San Park Pacific Highway! New to APC!

Monday, 10 January 2011 06:35 by Mandy

Hello again all APC Parkers!  As the new year is underway we are continuing to grow with new locations, airports, and features.  For all those searching for San Diego Airport Parking, look no further!  Airport Parking Connection has a new facility listed, San Park Pacific Highway.  Located only 2.5 mi away from San Diego International AirportSan Park is open 24 hrs a day for self parking options and will only cost you $10.00 currently a day.  Check out this new location, and use promo code "TWITTER" to save an additional 10% off!

 

New Location! APC Welcomes Days Inn of DFW!

Friday, 7 January 2011 07:42 by Mandy

APC Parkers!  You can find a new facility listed today on APC!  Days Inn of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is now taking online parking reservations!  You will find some really great features under the Free Shuttle/Directions/More Info link.  

The Days Inn of DFW is "Safe, Reliable and Convenient. We are located approximately 1.5 miles from the DFW airport, right on Hwy 114 (W John Carpenter Fwy). Open 24 hrs 7 days a week. Free shuttle service included. Shuttle Schedule: 4:10am, 4:50am, 5:30am, 6:10am, 6:40am, 7:30am, 8:10am, 9:10am, 9:30am. Every 30min thereafter (24Hrs)."  And the best part..."Discounted room rates are available by request."  

Don't forget to check out Days Inn of DFW today!  Use code - "TWITTER" to save an additional 10% off!

 

 

 

The Low Down On Full Body Scanners

Monday, 3 January 2011 05:16 by Mandy
Flying on an airplane is no longer just a way to get from where you are to where you want to be. Now, it's a hot-button topic of scrutiny all across the United States. In 2001, our world changed dramatically, and today we are seeing the implications of that change. No longer can an airline passenger just walk through the airport and walk through the terminal. Now there are all sorts of rules and regulations for passengers. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is working hard to determine ways to keep all passengers safe. From full-body pat-downs to full-body scanners, improvements to airline security have been all over the news. A pat-down is pretty self-explanatory, but if you're not sure what all the full-body scanner fuss is about, sit tight, and get ready to learn what these scanners do.
First of all, there are two types of scanners. There's the millimeter wave scanner and the backscatter scanner. In both scanners, passengers step into the middle of the scanning device and wait, while the device collects a scan of the body. Then the scanner transmits an image to the person working. If nothing out of the ordinary is found on the passenger, the agent will allow the person to go, and the image that was created will be erased. If something suspicious does happen to be found in the scan, the officer will ask the passenger to remove the object, and he or she can even be scanned again.
What does the image look like? The image that is produced in the scan looks more like a naked body, with an obscured face, no skin, and a chalky appearance. Although the image is erased, many people are in an uproar with privacy concerns. Before determining how you feel about the scan, it's important to know the pros and cons...
The good news about the scanners is that they can and will detect dangerous things that are not supposed to be on an airplane. They can detect anything such as liquid bombs, ceramic knives, or drugs. Both the millimeter wave and backscatter scanners can detect the aforementioned things. When a scanner finds these items, it keeps passengers everywhere safe.
Those who oppose the scanners, however, feel that there should be other ways to find dangerous weapons. These opponents feel that the scanners simply reveal way too much. Just one look at the images from a scan will show you that these scanners do reveal quite a bit. Like it or not, someone behind that scanner is going to see what you have going on "down under." On the upside, those images do get erased.
Whether you support the airport scanning devices or not, it is important to be aware of both sides of the issue. It’s especially important to be informed because sooner or later, you might come into contact with one of the devices. If you do not want to be scanned, you do have the option of a full-body pat-down.
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