Tweet Your Thanksgiving Travel Tales With #TSATime

BY Teresa Gorman  November 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM EDT

In 2010, your tweets helped debunk fears that Thanksgiving travel would be a nightmare due to stricter airport security measures and ‘opt-out’ protests.

This year, we want to hear again first-hand about your experience flying during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

Here’s how to participate via Twitter or Instagram:

1) The Basics: Include the hashtag #TSATime and the three-letter code for the airport(s) you’re passing through in your tweet or Instagram photo. (Example: #LAX, #CMH, #MIA). Here is a roundup of airport codes.

2) Be as specific as possible:

  • Tweet Example: “@NewsHour Took me 52 min. at #DCA at 9 am because I chose a patdown over the x-ray scanner. Most around me chose scanner #TSATime”
  • Photo Example: “Major flight delays at #LGA #TSATime was fast, though http://instagr.am/p/TZoC2/” (you can also add #TSATime as a comment to your Instagram photo if you forget to add it right away)

3) Elaborate: Don’t hesitate to provide more details or anecdotes about your experience as space permits. Quotes, observations, and pictures are welcome.

4) Be safe: Follow the rules at the airport for when you can take pictures,* have your phone on, etc. And, as always, keep the language clean and within our commenting guidelines.

Send questions to us on Twitter or in the comments section below. You can find us at Instagram @NewsHour or on Web.stagram.

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You can also check out the #TSATime results on your mobile phone while you’re on the go.

*via TSA.gov:

TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or slowed down. We do ask you to not film or take pictures of the monitors. While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might. More information here.<

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