BUFFALO, NY-- The TSA says they are expecting to screen over 9,000 passengers per day at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport this summer.
Although that number is reserved for the busier days, they say in total, the number of flyers expected to be screened this summer is just over 263,000.
The TSA also says there will be 2,000 more TSA officers on duty compared to last year.
With that in mind, the agency is offering travelers some tips to prepare travelers for the screening process.
- For travelers traveling abroad, the TSA recommends you arrive at the airport three hours before your flight so you have enough time to go through security and find the terminal. For domestic flight, two hours early is recomended.
- They also recommend applying for TSA Pre-Check or other programs like NEXUS, Global Entry, or SENTRI. Enrolling in these programs will grant passengers access to the TSA Pre-Check line where they won't be asked to removed their shoes or perform other procedures done during regular security checks.
- If you decide to skip the pre-check option, make sure to pack your bags with security checks in mind. That means making sure liquids, gels or creams are in checked bags, not in your carry-on.
- If carry-on is your only option, make sure the liquids comply with the TSA's guidelines, by being in bottles containing 3.4 ounces or less and that are placed in quart size plastic bags. If the liquids are larger and are medically-necessary, make sure to let TSA agents know.
- If you're unsure if an item is allowed on your flight, you can ask the TSA by sending them a tweet or a Facebook message to @AskTSA or via their Facebook page, also named Ask TSA. If you prefer a more personal touch, you may also contact them at 866-289-9673.
- Outside of packing, you can also travel quicker through the lines by having your ID and boarding pass out for the agent to see.
- Bulky clothing or jewelry can slow down the screening process, so make sure to store them in your carry-on.
- Double check the bin used to screen your items, you never know when you may have left something important behind.
For questions on how the screening process is done for those with disabilities, make sure to call TSA Cares at 855-787-2227 at least 72 hours before the flight. They can also help in arranging special accommodations.
For all other questions and concerns, the TSA is asking you call them at 1-866-289-9673 during regular business hours or go to their website ts.gov for more information.