Here’s how to prepare for a busy summer travel season at airports

Airlines and airports are preparing for a summer travel season that could rival passenger volumes before the pandemic in 2019, according to the Transportation Security Administration, and the Transportation Security Administration said travel during the peak months of June, July and August may require more patience and planning. Traveling for the first time since the pandemic will encounter new procedures and equipment designed to enhance security screening while protecting customers and travelers from COVID-19. TSA uses credential authentication technology (CAT) and computerized tomography (CT) machines to speed lines and give agents a better look at who’s coming into the airport and what’s carrying it. The CT modules will give officers a 3D view of passenger bags allowing them to better see what’s inside without having to open the bags and slow the line as officers prepare for the busy travel season, the TSA offered some tips for travelers to ease their journey through the security checkpoint. Optional reinstatement, but recommended The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks for passengers age 2 and older in inland areas of public transportation and transit centers as an effective precaution for those seeking to avoid exposure to COVID-19 in high-risk public spaces. Tip 2: Pack smart. Start with empty bags Airline passengers who start packing with empty bags are less likely to accidentally bring prohibited items through the TSA checkpoint. Technology and modifications help reduce the need for physical contact with TSA officers, but those who take the time to come prepared to the TSA checkpoint are more likely to avoid delays and physical contact. Check prohibited items with “What can I bring?” Tip #3: Know that airports, like highways, have big traffic increases and construction delays. Plan to get to the airport in time to check-in, check bags, and complete a security check in time to avoid a quick, stressful run to the departure gate. At the TSA checkpoint, get a valid, readily available ID and follow the fluid rule of 3.4 ounces or less, except for hand sanitizer, which has a temporary limit of 12 ounces in carry-on baggage. 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 direct assistance by sending questions and comments to AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger, weekdays 8am-10pm EST and on weekends/holidays 9am to 7pm EST. You can also call the TSA Call Center at 866-289-9673. TSA Cares also offers a helpline for travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, and other special conditions. You can apply for assistance by calling TSA Cares at 855-787-2227, weekdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on weekends/holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. TSA Cares is open 365 days a year. Tip 5: Register Now for TSA PreCheck┬« To ‘Travel Easy’ By registering for TSA PreCheck, airline travelers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops, and light jackets at the TSA checkpoint. Most new entrants receive their Known Traveler Number within five days, and membership lasts for five years. In April, 94% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes at the checkpoint. Sacramento International Airport also provides live updates on flight status and parking availability on its web page.

Airlines and airports are preparing for a summer travel season that could rival pre-pandemic passenger volumes in 2019, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA said travel during the peak months of June, July and August may require more patience and planning.

Passengers traveling for the first time since the pandemic will encounter new procedures and equipment designed to enhance security screening while protecting customers and travelers from COVID-19.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses Certified Authentication Technology (CAT) and computerized tomography (CT) scanners to speed lines and give agents a better look at who’s coming into the airport and what’s carrying it.

The CT modules will give officers a 3D view of the passenger bags allowing them to better see what’s inside without having to open the bags and slow the line.

As officers prepare for the busy travel season, the TSA offered some tips for travelers to ease their journey through the security checkpoint.

Tip 1: Face masks are optional, but recommended

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks for passengers age 2 and older in the interior of public transit and transit centers as an effective preventive measure for those seeking to avoid exposure to COVID-19 in high-risk public spaces.

Tip 2: Smart Pack Start with Empty Bags

Airlines passengers who accidentally start packing with empty bags are less likely to be brought through the TSA checkpoint. Technology and modifications help reduce the need for physical contact with TSA officers, but those who take the time to come prepared to the TSA checkpoint are more likely to avoid delays and physical contact. Check prohibited items with “What can I bring?” Page at TSA.gov.

Tip 3: Know before you go

Airports, like highways, have significant traffic increases and construction delays. Plan to get to the airport in time to check-in, check bags, and complete a security check in time to avoid a quick, stressful run to the departure gate. At the TSA checkpoint, get a valid, readily available ID and follow the fluid rule of 3.4 ounces or less, except for hand sanitizer, which has a temporary limit of 12 ounces in carry-on baggage.

Tip 4: Contact the TSA for help if there are questions or concerns

Those preparing to travel and may have special circumstances, considerations or general questions about airport screening can get direct assistance by sending questions and comments on Twitter Tweet embed Or via Facebook Messenger, weekdays 8AM-10PM EST and Weekends/Holidays 9AM-7PM EST. You can also call the TSA Call Center at 866-289-9673.

TSA also offers TSA Cares, a helpline for travelers with disabilities and other medical and special conditions. You can apply for assistance by calling TSA Cares at 855-787-2227, weekdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on weekends/holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. TSA Cares is open 365 days a year.

Tip 5: Register now for the TSA pre-screening┬«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. Most new entrants receive their Known Traveler Number within five days, and membership lasts for five years. In April, 94% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes at the checkpoint.

Sacramento International Airport also provides live updates on flight status and parking availability on its web page.

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