The Transportation Security Administration says the agency is preparing to handle the “busy” summer travel season because it is expected that the number of passengers will “match and sometimes exceed” pre-pandemic levels.
Traffic at airports has seen significant reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic, even as those numbers continue to rise since 2020 as pandemic bans are eased and people begin to travel more.
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“The daily number of passengers at TSA checkpoints shows that people are traveling again, and the TSA is ready for their return. Our airport security checkpoints include 47,500 highly trained professionals. security and new technologies that can improve security and reduce physical contact, ”said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “We continue to recruit, retain, train and equip a skilled workforce, and we continue to work with our airport and airline partners to anticipate and prepare for higher traffic patterns.”
The agency said the summer travel season will begin in late May and continue until the end of the Labor Day weekend in September.
The TSA says it has five tips for passengers who fly during the summer months:
• Face masks as optional but recommended – After a push from some airlines in March, masks were made optional for passengers on trips. However, CDC instructions still recommend passengers use face masks when traveling.
• Pack smart; start with empty bags – Airplane passengers packing empty bags are less likely to accidentally carry a prohibited item through airport checkpoints.
• Know before you go-Airports can have high traffic jams and construction delays, so plan to arrive early. At the TSA checkpoint, it helps to use your ID card and follow the rules of not exceeding 3.4 ounces of liquid (hand sanitizer has a temporary 12-ounce limit on carry-on luggage).
• Contact TSA for assistance if you have questions or concerns – If passengers have special circumstances or questions about screenings, they can contact TSA members for assistance via their Twitter (@AskTSA) or via Facebook Messenger from 8 am to 6 pm The TSA Contact Center is also available at (866) 289-9673.
• Enroll now in TSA PreCheck for “Travel Ease”-Passengers can enroll in TSA PreCheck to avoid removing shoes, belts, food, laptops and liquids at TSA checkpoints.
For more information about security screening and travel tips, visit TSA.gov.
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