The Transportation Security Administration is prepared for the start of the Spring Break travel period, which typically begins in late February and continues into April. TSA will screen approximately 62 million travelers at airports nationwide in March.
Last year the TSA at Charleston International Airport screened an average of 5,399 passengers a day during Spring Break travel season.
“Spring is the start of the high travel season in Charleston and is also the time of year that Charleston International Airport gets busier,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “We want students and families taking Spring Break vacations to have a great travel experience. There are things they can do to make traveling easier.”
Arrive early, Campbell said.
In its Spring Break travel advisory the TSA goes on to recommend that travelers consider adding time in your travel plans for traffic, parking, rental car returns and airline check-in. Arrive up to two hours in advance of your flight departure time for domestic travel.
TSA tracks daily screening operations at every major airport to rapidly address any problems that arise by deploying personnel, canine teams and technology as needed.
“As we approach the Spring Break travel period, security remains our top priority, and we are taking every measure, both seen and unseen, to protect the millions of air travelers,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia. “TSA continues to work closely in partnership with industry stakeholders to improve the traveling experience, while keeping every traveler safe.”
SPRING BREAK TRAVEL TIPS
With the increased volume during Spring Break travel, airport delays may occur. Travelers can simplify their travel experience through the airport by arriving prepared. Here are some helpful tools and travel tips to ensure a smooth checkpoint experience:
- Arrive early – two hours before scheduled departure.
- Tweet or Message AskTSA. Issues receiving TSA Pre✓® on your boarding pass? Unsure if an item is allowed through security? Get live assistance by tweeting your questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger, 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.
- Know the TSA Pre✓® lane hours. TSA Pre✓® at CHS is open daily from 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Prepare for security. Have a valid ID and boarding pass readily available, and remove large electronics, including laptops and liquids bag from carry-on baggage. Avoid over packing your carry-on bag. Consider checking bags when feasible.
- Follow the liquids rule. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all containers must fit inside a single quart-size plastic bag and be placed in a bin for carry-on baggage screening. This includes sun block and tanning lotions.
- Call TSA Cares. Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 855-787-2227 at least 72 hours prior to flying with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint as well as arrange for assistance at the checkpoint.
- Travelers are encouraged to report suspicious activities, and remember If You See Something, Say Something™. For individuals traveling abroad, please check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Know Before You Go page to learn about required documentation.