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General Travel Tips

CONFIRM FLIGHT SCHEDULES FIRST:
Passengers should check with their airline reservation centers on the web or through their airline toll free phone lines to confirm flight schedules. Airline “800” numbers and website links are available here.

ARRIVE EARLY:

Changing security procedures may cause delays at the airline ticket counters and passenger screening checkpoints. Check with your airline for specific recommendations on how early to arrive at the airport. You may want to plan to arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) at least ninety minutes before scheduled departure times, to allow ample time for parking, check-in and passenger screening.

ELECTRONICS IN CHECKED BAGGAGE:

When possible, remove all batteries from any electronic devices packed in checked baggage. Electronic devices packed in checked baggage may activate unexpectedly and may arouse unnecessary suspicion.

PARKING TIPS:
Travelers can call the DTW’s 24-hour parking hotline (800-642-1978) to determine parking status. The hotline provides up-to-the minute parking information at DTW.

CURBSIDE CHECK-IN:
Curbside check-in is available for most airline carriers. Terminal curb fronts are open, but reserved for active loading and unloading of passengers only. Unattended vehicles at the curb fronts are prohibited, and may be ticketed and towed.

BAGGAGE:
Baggage ID tags should be filled out, both on the inside and outside of bags, before arrival to the airport. Passengers are allowed one carry-on bag. Remember to pack valuables such as jewelry, cameras, medication, passports, and money in your carry-on baggage.  All carry-on baggage is subject to search at the passenger screening checkpoints. Locked Checked Baggage – In some cases, TSA screeners will have to open baggage as part of the screening process. If the baggage is locked with a device other than those that are TSA 'accepted and recognized”, the baggage may have to be broken to access the baggage. TSA 'accepted and recognized' locks can be opened by TSA personnel using tools provided to the TSA by the baggage industry members, Travel Sentry and Safe Skies.

For more information on purchasing these special locks refer to www.tsa.gov Wrapped gifts may be opened by security, causing further delays and disappointments for yourself and other passengers. Plan on wrapping gifts after you arrive at your destination. Do not leave baggage unattended.

For easy identification, tie a bright ribbon around the handle of the baggage. Remove hooks, straps and removable wheels before checking baggage with the airline to avoid damage to your baggage.

MEETERS & GREETERS:
Since only ticketed passengers are permitted beyond passenger screening checkpoints, meeters and greeters are encouraged to identify a meeting place beforehand with their party. Suggested meeting places are the airline baggage claim areas, ticket lobbies or parking areas.

PICKING UP PASSENGERS:
Curb fronts are for active loading and unloading only. Unattended vehicles parked at the curb front are automatically considered suspicious. Airport Police may have no choice but to tow vehicles that are left unattended at the curb front. If you are picking up someone at the curb front, the best thing to do is to use short-term parking or one of DTW’s cell phone parking lots until your party is ready to exit the building with their baggage; then bring your vehicle around to pick them up at the curb.

CELL PHONE LOTS:

Another option is to use one of DTW’s two handy cell phone lots on the north and south ends of the airport. The lots are free, but you must stay with your vehicle. When you get the call from your party that they are standing at the curb with their baggage, you can drive to pick them up with no standing time at the curb.   Cell phone lot locations are available to view here.

TRAVELING WITH PETS:
Each airline has their own Pet Travel Requirements and Restrictions. Please check with your airline reservation center on the web or through the airline toll free phone line for specific travel requirements for your pet. The airline will provide information with regard to weather restrictions for pet travel, health requirements and kennel requirements.

TRAVELING WITH BATTERIES & OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIAL:
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