Thanksgiving 2019: Record Air Travel Likely, Get to Airport Early
HANOVER, MD – For the many passengers whose flights have been booked for what is expected to be a record-breaking Thanksgiving weekend through airports across the country, including Baltimore-Washington International Airport, officials have a few tips for doing facing crowded parking lots, terminals and overcrowded security lines. More … thanMembers will pass through security checkpoints across the country on a daily basis from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Typically, the TSA screens about 32,000 passengers per day on average at the BWI. But on the busiest travel days before and immediately after Thanksgiving, the agency plans to screen up to 40,000 passengers and crew per day at BWI airport, said Lisa Farbstein, spokesperson for the TSA. Holiday crowds mean it’s important for passengers to arrive at the security checkpoint two hours before their domestic flight and three hours before their international flight. Travelers are asked to check-in for a flight in advance, either on their airline’s website or on the mobile app.
The busiest travel days before Thanksgiving will be November 27, the Wednesday before the holidays, with 2.7 million passengers and crew expected, and December 1, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when more than 2.8 million travelers should return home. . On a typical weekday, the TSA screens approximately 2.1 million passengers nationwide.
BWI will initiate measures to help reduce traffic jams along the route from the terminal.
“As we kick off the holiday travel season, we want our customers to have convenient and positive travel experiences,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director of Marshall BWI Airport. “We have put in place several temporary measures to assist motorists when picking up or dropping off passengers during this busy period. “
To help passengers get in and out of BWI Airport, hourly parking adjacent to the terminal is free for the first hour to pick up or drop off family or friends from November 22 to December 6, and also from December 22 to December 6. From January 20 to 3. The airport’s mobile phone fleet will add 50 spaces during the holidays to handle more vehicles while drivers wait for passengers to arrive to call.
Also during holidays, commercial vehicles are required to use the upper level / departures level carriageway to drop off and pick up all customers. This change includes hotel shuttles, off-airport parking shuttles, and Uber and Lyft drivers from November 22 to January 5.
TSA checkpoints at BWI will be fully staffed during this peak period.
To help you make the trip faster, here are some tips for airport travelers:
- Search your bag for prohibited items after security. This includes knives, power tools, and tools over seven inches in length; stun guns; martial arts weapons and more.
- Make sure the electronics are easily accessible. All personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone should be placed in bins for x-ray screening, with nothing above or below, in the same way that laptops have been vetted for several years.
General airport tips
- Re-confirm the status of your flight with your airline before arriving at the airport.
- Expect full flights and full baggage bins on board.
- Bring government issued ID for all adult travelers and passports for all international travelers.
- Keep your valuables out of sight and pack them only in hand luggage. Don’t forget to lock the cars and take the key.
- Leave gifts unwrapped until after the theft. See again List of prohibited TSA items.
Travelers are encouraged to follow these tips:
- Prepare for safety when packing. Pack large liquids, gels, creams, and sprays in checked baggage – think shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, shaving cream, and antiperspirant. If you only have one piece of hand baggage, make sure all of your fluids meet the 3-1-1 rule.
- Follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule for your carry-on baggage. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes should be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles should fit in a quart plastic bag and be placed in a bin for checking. This includes sunscreens and tanning sprays. Notify the TSA officer immediately if you are traveling with larger amounts of medically necessary liquid medications, breast milk, or infant formula.
- Documents ready: When you enter the checkpoint line, have an acceptable ID and boarding pass in your wallet and ready to be turned over to the TSA officer. Once at the control tables, remove large electronic devices, including laptops and the 3-1-1 bag of liquids, from carry-on baggage.
- Less accessories: Minimize the items you wear at the airport, such as bulky jewelry, scarves, hair accessories, chunky belts, and other items that may need extra screening. Remove all items from your pockets and place them in one of your carry-on luggage so you don’t lose them.
- @AskTSA: If you have questions about what is allowed through the security checkpoint, contact a TSA employee for live support 365 days a year via Twitter. Tweet your questions and comments on @AskTSA from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends / holidays. Call the TSA Cares hotline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to travel.
- Apply for TSA Pre✓ or other trusted travel programs like Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI. To find the program that meets your travel needs, use the DHS Trusted Traveler Comparison Tool. These programs give travelers access to the TSA Pre✓ expedited screening lanes; these passengers do not need to remove their shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets at more than 180 US airports. For more information about TSA Pre✓, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the TSA.gov website.
- Tweet or send an AskTSA message. Problems receiving TSA Pre✓ on your boarding pass? Not sure if an item is security cleared? Get live help by tweeting your questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger on weekdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends / holidays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also reach the contact center at 866-289-9673.
The TSA also urges travelers to obtain a Real identity– Compliant driver’s license this fall before the October 2020 deadline. After this date, every air traveler aged 18 and over will need a Real ID compliant driver’s license or another acceptable ID fly within the United States. Cards are marked with a star at the top of the card.
Travelers are encouraged to get their TRUE ID before the end of the year, as next year people will be more likely to be caught in the rush to get a TRUE ID, which could lead to long queues. waiting at the DMV offices.