May 25, 2024


Unforgettable trip

TSA offers summer travel tips as flights tick up to pre-pandemic levels

The amount of people seeking flights this summer is heading
toward pre-pandemic levels – and the Transportation Security Administration has
some tips to make those plan as smooth as possible.

Official who spoke at a news conference at John F. Kennedy
International Airport said the current air travel levels are about 85-90% what
they were in 2019.

They expect to be at 100% by the middle of the summer.

Here are the tips from the TSA:
  • Face
    masks are optional but recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention recommends face masks for passengers aged 2 and older in indoor
    areas of public transportation and transportation hubs as an effective
    precaution for those who seek to avoid exposure to COVID in higher risk
    public spaces.
  • Pack
    smart; start with empty bags. Airline passengers who pack for travel with
    empty bags are less likely to bring prohibited items through a TSA
    checkpoint. Technology and modifications help reduce the need for physical
    contact with TSA officers, but those who take time to come prepared for
    the TSA checkpoint are far more likely to avoid delay and physical
  • Know
    before you go. Airports, like highways, have high traffic surges and
    construction delays. Plan to arrive at the airport in plenty of time to
    check in, check bags and complete security screening in time to avoid
    stressful sprints to the departure gate. At the TSA checkpoint, have a
    valid ID card readily available and follow the liquids rule of 3.4 ounces
    or less, with the exception of hand sanitizer, which has a temporary
    12-ounce limit in carry-on baggage.
  • Contact
    TSA for help if there are questions or concerns. Those who are preparing
    to travel and may have special circumstances, considerations or general
    questions about airport screening can get live assistance by tweeting
    questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger, daily from 8
    a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. You can also call the TSA Contact Center at
  • TSA
    also offers TSA Cares, a helpline for travelers with disabilities, medical
    conditions and other special circumstances. You may submit a request for
    assistance by calling TSA Cares at 855-787-2227, weekdays from 8 a.m. to
    11 p.m. and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Passengers may also
    use the TSA Cares form available on the TSA website which can be found at
  • Enroll
    in TSA PreCheck to “travel with ease.” By enrolling in TSA PreCheck,
    airline passengers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops
    and light jackets at the TSA checkpoint.