SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Today the TSA asked for travelers’ help ahead of a busy summer season and the approaching holiday weekend.
Since 2019, the airport has seen decreases in both staff and travelers. But, a recent report in April noted that the airport is now seeing pre-pandemic levels of travelers.
Every 1 in 10 bags gets pulled from the line to be checked, and although Johnson said Syracuse Airport is at normal staffing levels again, TSA stops lead to congested TSA line. That’s a problem heading into the peak season.
“We don’t want to be wasting resources on unnecessary things,” TSA Security Director Bart Johnson said. He said that every bag-check, if lasting just a few minutes, adds up quickly.
And as flight cancelations and delays continue to impact the country, easing TSA lines “is one way to create a stress-free experience,” Johnson said. Other tips Johnson recommends include following the guidelines on the TSA website, and even tweeting at the TSA — as the TSA said they have an active Twitter.
Johnson said when he travels he starts with a clean bag, follows the guide, and shows up the the airport with identification and ticket information in hand, and carry-ons packed correctly. He even offered the additional advice of arriving at the airport 90 minutes early to ensure one can get their cup of coffee and get to their gate with no added stress.