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TSA Summer Travel & Security Exhibit

TSA Summer Travel & Security Exhibit

May 9, 2019

TSA ensures security preparedness for summer travel and explains security protocols for travelers at Lehigh Valley International Airport

The number of passengers expected to fly this summer is expected to be the highest in years with more than 2.2 million passengers per day expected to pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, likely surpassing the record-breaking numbers from last summer.

This summer, TSA officers at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) will screen 1,100 to 1,400 passengers per day, and those travelers are encouraged to get to the airport 90 minutes prior to their flight.

The best way to ensure an efficient trip through the security screening process is to arrive prepared because there will be more travelers than usual traversing through the Lehigh Valley as well as other airports across the country.

Travelers are urged to come ready to go through the screening process and to listen to the guidance that the TSA officers are providing at the checkpoint. TSA officers will be very focused on the security of travelers and in doing so, they will offer helpful guidance to passengers as they proceed through the screening process.

Travelers should arrive early to the airport. It is recommended that passengers arrive 90 minutes in advance of a domestic flight and three hours prior to an international flight to ensure that they have ample time to account for traffic, parking and navigating through the airport. It is advisable to check-in for a flight ahead of time, either on the air carrier’s website or mobile app, to allow even more time to get through security and relax at the gate.

Part of security preparedness is knowing why TSA has certain protocols in place.

It is helpful to wear slip-on shoes so that they can be easily slipped off prior to going through the checkpoint scanner and slipped back on afterward. TSA’s protocols require that passengers remove their shoes to be X-ray screened because in 2001 a terrorist attempted to detonate an explosive device in his shoes. Thus, shoes come off to allow TSA’s technology to identify whether there is an explosive device concealed inside.

TSA requires travelers to place large liquids, gels, creams and aerosols, into checked bags such as shampoo, conditioner, suntan lotion, and shaving cream. If you’ve only got a carry-on bag, make sure all of your liquids follow the 3-1-1 rule, which limits the size of liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes to 3.4 ounces or less and have all of those bottles fit in a single quart-size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. This includes sun screen and tanning sprays for summer travelers headed to sunny locations. TSA’s protocol limits the size of liquids in carry-on bags because in 2009, a terrorist plot to detonate larger quantities of liquid explosives carried on board aircraft was thwarted, just a few weeks before the plot was launched, resulting in a limit on the amount of liquids allowed to be carried onto airplanes.

Travelers should be ready to remove laptops and personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from carry-on bags. Why? Because TSA is aware that terrorists have the technical capability to artfully conceal explosive devices inside electronics. Removing laptops and electronic devices and placing them in a checkpoint bin with nothing above or below each item, allows TSA to get a clear X-ray image of those items to ensure that nothing dangerous has been artfully concealed inside.

Some additional security-focused travel tips to keep in mind:

As a reminder, public awareness is key for supporting TSA’s security efforts. Travelers are encouraged to report suspicious activities, and remember, If You See Something, Say Something™.