TSA: Super Bowl programs should go in carry-on bags

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration says air travelers with official programs from the Super Bowl should put them in their carry-on bags, not checked luggage.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says the programs could be flagged by the agency's automatic screening technology if they're in checked bags. She says that would require that a checked bag be opened and checked manually. And she says that would delay the bag itself and cause a backup.

Dankers declined for security reasons to explain what it is about the programs that would cause checked bags to be flagged.

But she said it's something has come up before after previous Super Bowls and that the agency asks airlines to have their ticket counter personnel advise travelers to remove programs from their checked bags.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix's main airport expects its busiest day ever as football fans in town for the Super Bowl head home.

Following Sunday's big game, Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner says a total of 180,000 people are expected to depart, arrive or connect at the airport on Monday, up from 110,000 on a normal day.

The Transportation Security Administration says about 80,000 passengers are expected to depart - twice the normal amount for an average day.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says extra screeners are working and that security lines were moving quickly Monday morning.

The airport expects its big crush to happen midday. Passengers should check in at airport ticket counters three hours before flights leave.

Winter storms on the East Coast have led to a few cancellations and delays.

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Super Bowl making Monday busiest ever at Phoenix airport

PHOENIX (AP) -- Officials say Super Bowl travel is expected to help make Monday the busiest day ever at Phoenix's main airport, but snowstorms elsewhere could cause delays.

Sky Harbor International Airport said Sunday night that because of winter weather on the East Coast, flights to Boston and New York might be delayed Monday morning.

In the wake of Sunday's big game, airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says Monday is expected to be the busiest day ever at Sky Harbor.

The Transportation Security Administration says about 80,000 passengers are expected to depart, twice the normal amount for an average day.

Because of the weather uncertainties, Sky Harbor is encouraging travelers to check flight status ahead of time.

In the hours before the big game Sunday, dense fog in Phoenix caused numerous delays and cancellations.

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