The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued out some safety guidelines ahead of the fourth of July weekend, where airports are expected to see pre-pandemic crowds.
This past Sunday, TSA screened over 2.1 million passengers going through airport security checkpoints. This marks the highest checkpoint volume the agency has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
TSA is expecting that number to be outpaced exponentially this holiday weekend, and is advising passengers to arrive at the airport with plenty of time for ticket checking, bag checking, and security screenings. Some airports throughout the country have already been reporting 2019 travel volumes.
“It’s heartening to see the country taking to travel again and travelling to enjoy the weekend and celebrate our nation’s independence,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.
“We continue to remind passengers to pack their patience and remain calm through the security checkpoint and onboard aircraft. TSA will not tolerate aggressive actions toward our officers; please help us make travel safe, secure and pleasant on this holiday weekend.”
The federal face mask mandate is still in effect on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation within the United States. Face masks are not currently required in outdoor areas of conveyance.
TSA recently released a set of all their recommended tips on how to remain the safest while getting through your travel experience as easily as possible.
“Arrive early. TSA expects to see the increasing summer travel volumes to continue to rise into the holiday weekend. Although nationally our travel volume remains around 75% of pre-pandemic levels, some airports around the country have already surpassed volumes from 2019. Please arrive at the airport in plenty of time for ticketing, checking baggage, security screening, etc.”
The agency also recommends you enroll in TSA precheck to make your trip through security as quick as possible.
“Consider other ways that might help avoid physical contact at the checkpoint. Prior to entering the line for the TSA checkpoint, take a few minutes to prepare. Place jewelry, keys and other pocketed items into your carry-on bag so they might be scanned with need for fewer bins at the conveyor belt. 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.”
TSA has posted a full list of their guidelines and recommended travel tips for the holiday weekend on their website, you can read them here!
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.