Some pointers for traveling hassle-free to, from, and within town
Many of us attending Fantasis Fair come from all over the country and throughout the world. With the changes in security restrictions
that have been made in recent years, it is worth checking up on what you can or can't do when flying. If you are using ground
transportation, it is worth noting a few items about directions, parking, and cabs.
Get the Latest from the TSA
You can get the latest information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from
In April of 2012, the transportation Security Administration released a policy memo
specifically dealing with transgender individuals.
Flying en Femme
Prior to 9/11 many gals came en femme, but now it is not always a good idea, unless your ID matches your gender presentation.
You may be best off traveling in whatever garb will cause the least amount of suspicion. Fortunately, Homeland Security could
care less what sort of clothes are in your suitcase.
You can bring some carry-on items, but
it is always worth checking with the Transportation Security Administration to get the latest regulations on what is allowed and what
is prohibited. You can download
a brochure in PDF format from the TSA that details items that are prohibited.
It's no surprise that loaded weapons and explosives are strictly off-limits in airports and on planes, but the guidelines on some
more common items might be less obvious. Even though gel-filled shoe inserts are not allowed as carry-on luggage, silcone breast
forms are fine. The TSA website explicitly mentions that these are acceptable to bring or wear, "Additional items you may bring
include: items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras
or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids." Pack Your Liquids
The TSA recommends that, when possible, pack liquids in checked baggage rather than bring in your carry-on
luggage so that you will get through security faster...
Most cosmetics are OK now, but just about anything that is a "liquid or a gel" must be in a travel-size container (3 ounces or less)
and put in a quart-size, zip-top clear plastic bag for inspection. According to the TSA, a liquid or a gel is anything that you can pour,
pump, squeeze, spread, smear, spray or spill.If you need larger amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols such
as toothpaste or shampoo, please place them in your luggage and check them with your airline. Consider Mailing Your Luggage
You may bring prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in your carry-on baggage and you are not limited in
the amount or volume of these items but if the medically necessary items exceed 3 ounces or are not contained in a one-quart,
zip-top plastic bag, you must declare to one of the Security Officers at the checkpoint for further inspection.
Taking the Ferry
Bay State Cruise Company offers ferries between Boston and Provincetown. Their "Fast Ferry", which runs daily, can get you to
MacMillan Pier in the Center of Provincetown in 90 minutes. One-way tickets run for around $55 and round-trips are about $85. They typicall stop
running the ferries in mid-October so make sure to check their schedule to confirm when they are open before making your travel plans.
If you're driving, you will probably want to take the Mass Pike (I-90) to I-495 South and then head to Cape Cod on Route 6 East.
Once you cross the Bourne Bridge to get onto the Cape, just follow Route 6 East (the Mid-Cape Highway) towards Provincetown for about an hour.
There are plenty of signs pointing the way to Provincetown so you shouldn't have any problems.
Please be aware that you can take either the Bourne Bridge or the Sagamore Bridge to travel between the mainland and Cape Cod.
Both of these bridges suffer from heavy traffic congestion during rush hour, so please allow extra time for delays if you travel
over either of these bridges during the Friday evening rush or when vacationers are leaving the Cape on Sunday evenings.
You can get a sense of which of the two bridges is checking area traffic reports or by viewing the Sagamore Bridge webcam and the Bourne Rotary webcam.
Many inns provide free parking with your stay, so you should ask when you book your lodging. If they don't offer parking, there are
plenty of long-term parking lots near the center of town. For the most part, you won't need a car while in town since most venues
for the Fair are within easy walking distance of each other. Also, on street parking is limited so most folks walk or take a cab.
Although most fairgoers will walk to and fro while in Provincetown, there are some times when taking a cab is a welcomed exception.
If you are flying into Provincetown Airport, you can take a cab into town for a flat fee of $8 per person. If you are already
in town, any cab will take you within town for $6 per person. Taking a cab on the Saturday night of the banquet is quite
popular, so make sure to arrange a pickup time in advance. Since there are only a handful of cabs in town, you may find that
one is not available right away when it is raining, so have a back up plan and bring an umbrella!
The organizers of the Fair encourage fairgoers to patronize Cape Cab (508.487.2222), since they are an advertiser with Fantasia Fair.