Austin – The Transportation Security Administration is prepared for the start of the summer travel period, typically marked by the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continuing into August. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is expecting another record-breaking summer travel season as well.
Through the TSA national Airport Operations Center and in coordination with airport and airline partners, TSA will maintain effective and efficient security operations at checkpoints nationwide during the busy travel season. The center tracks daily screening operations at every major airport to rapidly address any issues that may arise and deploys personnel, canine teams and technology where needed.
“Here at Austin, we’re looking forward to screening passengers as efficiently and effectively as possible during the busy summer travel period,” said TSA AUS federal security director Mike Scott. “Passengers can help us by arriving at the airport well in advance of their flights, ready to be screened. For those travelers who haven’t flown in awhile, we recommend they visit TSA.gov before coming to the airport for tips on packing, a list of prohibited items, and information that will make the security screening process quicker and easier.”
With the increased volume during summer travel, travelers at AUS and elsewhere around the country should anticipate that it will take longer to park, return rental cars, check bags at airline ticket counters, and get through the security screening checkpoint before arriving at their gate. Travelers should arrive two hours in advance of their flight departure time for domestic travel and three hours for international flights.
Some helpful tools and travel tips for the airport security checkpoint include:
Apply forTSA Pre✓® or other trusted travel programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI. These programs help improve security and provide an easier, more convenient travel experience, by affording travelers access to TSA Pre✓® expedited screening lanes. Travelers using the TSA Pre✓® lane do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets at more than 180 U.S. airports. Find the program that best suits your travel needs.
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.
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 to find out what to expect at the security checkpoint as well as arrange for assistance at the checkpoint.
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™. For individuals traveling abroad, please check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Know Before You Go page to learn about required documentation.
The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.
For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.