TSA prepares for busy summer travel season | News
TSA prepares for busy summer travel season | News

According to the press release, TSA expects peak passenger volume at New York state and upstate airports during the summer travel season, which runs through Labor Day.

The press release states that since May of this year, the TSA has experienced 10 of the busiest days in its 22-year history. The usual number of passengers, which is about 2.5 million daily, has increased by several hundred thousand daily. With the increasing number of travelers, the TSA is placing emphasis on appropriate security measures.

“Here at Albany International Airport, we are also seeing an increase in checkpoint volumes,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s federal security director, in a statement. “Travel volumes from Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo are expected to be high. Our teams are working closely with the airport, airline and our travel partners and we are more than prepared to handle this summer’s increased travel volumes as we approach the Fourth of July holiday.”

According to the TSA, they are working to further develop security checkpoints to modernize recognition methods and increase security. This includes the introduction of a new generation of Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) units. These units are used to verify the identity of passengers by scanning images and taking photographs.

“The best advice I can give is to be at the airport well before the departure time shown on your ticket,” Johnson said in a statement. “We ask travellers to do their part to ensure efficient checkpoint screening by arriving at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled departure and knowing what they can – and cannot – pack in their hand luggage.”

TSA: Number of weapons found at Albany International Airport has dropped in ten years

As the TSA prepares for the summer season, the agency is urging everyone to be careful when packing and make sure not to bring any prohibited items. The TSA is offering a “What Can I Bring?” tool to assist passengers with this process, the release said.

In addition, the press release reminds travelers of the special regulations for traveling with firearms.

It states: “Passengers may travel with a firearm, but it must be securely stowed in the passenger’s checked baggage, packed unloaded, locked in a hard-sided case, and declared to the airline at the airline ticket counter during check-in. If a passenger brings a firearm on their person or in their carry-on baggage to the security screening, TSA will contact local law enforcement to safely unload and take possession of the firearm. Depending on local law, law enforcement may also arrest or cite the passenger. TSA can impose a civil penalty of up to $15,000 if weapons are intercepted, and passengers will lose their TSA PreCheck eligibility.”

The TSA also advises travelers to be sure they have valid identification. Examples of valid identification can be found on the TSA website. Finally, the TSA encourages everyone to travel safely and respectfully this summer.