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FAQ: Do I have the right ID to fly?

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

For domestic travel in 2015, one government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, is sufficient. Children under 18 do not require a photo ID. For international travel, you will need a U.S. passport. For a complete list of acceptable identifications go to: TSA Acceptable ID page

In 2016, this may change when enforcement of the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005, related to boarding domestic aircraft, takes effect. Details about REAL ID can be found here.

Oklahoma is one of several states that has not yet complied with REAL ID. If this is still the case in 2016, travelers planning to fly commercially in the United States with a State of Oklahoma issued license may need to obtain another acceptable type of federal identification. In most cases, this will be a valid U.S. passport.

If you have further questions, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security REAL ID page.



New Flight Tracker Features on flyokc.com

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

For years, the Trak-A-Flight tool on flyokc.com Flight Tracker has given travelers, friends and families the ability to monitor the status of a flight without the inconvenience of standing in front of an information monitor. By entering an airline name and flight number, a user can see the location of a flight – in the air, arriving or still at its original destination. Now two new features added to flyokc.com Flight Tracker are making it even easier to keep tabs on a flight.

First is the Airport Delays tool. Tailored specifically to show airports served from Will Rogers World Airport (WRWA), this new tool shows a green status for an airport with minimal delays. Yellow or red are shown when delays are more severe. The severity of the delays will differ from airport to airport. If a yellow or red status is shown, users can gather more specific information by following the social media accounts and by visiting the websites of those airports.

Second, sometimes it helps just to see the location of a plane and whether or not it is en route to its destination. Trak-A-Flight can provide the location of one plane, but the new Air Traffic tool shows the locations for all planes currently arriving and departing WRWA. In addition, rain and snow conditions are included giving users a helpful picture of their flight’s status.

These new tools, along with Trak-A-Flight, make it easy to follow the status of flights at WRWA. This is especially helpful during the winter season when wintry weather can snarl airline schedules across the U.S. Whether taking a flight or picking up friends and family, let flyokc.com Flight Tracker keep you informed.


Get Ready to Fly! 12 Tips for Smooth Trips.

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

12 Tips for Smooth Trips:

Before Coming to the Airport: 
• Perform your own baggage screening.  Packing or carrying prohibited items will certainly hold you (and everyone behind you) up.  Once you complete packing at home, take time to look at the contents of all your bags. Know what you can check and what you can carry on.  Make sure the liquids and gels in your carry-on comply with TSA’s 3-1-1 rule (liquids and gels must be three ounces or less, all contained in one, clear Ziploc bag, and one bag per traveler.)  Firearms are not allowed through the checkpoint.  They can be checked per airline procedures.  Check out TSA’s website tsa.gov or download the My TSA app for a comprehensive list of prohibited items along with other great tips.

• Keep your carry-on bag light.  To avoid checked baggage fees, some flyers try to pack everything in their carry-on bag.  Unless you are well practiced in packing orderly and efficiently (think:  flight attendant, road warrior) it might save headaches to go ahead and check a bag.  Over-packed bags can cause delays at the checkpoint.  Plus, you will need to lift that bag into the overhead bin and haul it with you at your connecting airports which can become tiresome if your flight is delayed or you have gate changes.  Use your carry-on for what it was intended: essential and immediate-need items.   Remember, you are only allowed one carry-on and one personal item when you board the aircraft.

• Carry On Essentials. Items such as medications, important documents, and valuables should always be carried with you.  Checked luggage is handled by many people in many different airports.  If you have valuables larger than what you can carry on, you may want to consider shipping them in advance through the USPS or a package delivery company.  That will give you the option to insure the items and to track them.  It is also a good idea to carry a few toiletries (the 3-1-1 rule applies) just in case your flight is delayed.

• Make sure you have proper identification.  Check to make sure you have your driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID in the wallet or purse you are taking to the airport.  Next, make sure it is not expired.  If you are traveling out of the country you will need a passport; this includes Canada and Mexico.  Children under 18 do not require identification unless traveling internationally.

At the Airport:
• Arrive at the airport an hour and a half before your flight departs.  Seriously.  The airlines are reporting that people are missing flights because they are not allowing enough time, particularly for the early morning departures.  Yes, sometimes it does only take 30 minutes, but often it does not.  If you miss your flight, getting rebooked could be difficult and most likely will cut into your hard-earned vacation time.

• Know where to Park. There are several parking options at WRWA.  Save time and stress by knowing where you are going to park in advance and what your alternative location will be if a lot is full.  A map and pricing schedule is available at flyokc.com under Parking and Transportation.

• Be ready for the checkpoint.  Since you already checked your bag at home for prohibited items and your liquids and gels comply with the 3-1-1 rule, you should be able to pass through the checkpoint with relative ease.  Just make sure to remove laptops from their bags and place in a bin, then place your Ziploc bag, shoes, jackets and sweaters in separate bin.

• TSA Pre✓.  Last year the TSA implemented a new program called TSA Pre✓.  The program allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.  Travelers with Pre✓on their boarding pass will be directed to a special screening lane.  You can sign up for Pre✓ through the TSA website tsa.gov.  You may also be randomly selected for Pre✓when you print your boarding pass.  If your traveling companions are not Pre✓cleared, they will not be able to go through the Pre✓line with you. 

On the Plane:
• BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket.  Many airlines do not provide blankets anymore, and if they do, they may have been used by others that day.  Travel blankets are inexpensive and compact and most discount stores carry them.

• BYOE – Bring Your Own Entertainment.  Books, games, portable DVD players, all things that will keep you and your kids entertained during the flight.  Don’t forget the earrbuds. Your seatmates will be appreciative.

• Stay hydrated.  The cabin of the plane is not humidified, so to prevent that parched, dry feeling drink plenty of water.

• Follow the flight attendants instructions.  The plane is not going to depart until you turn off your electronic devices.  So don’t make the flight attendant ask you five times, just do it.