Austin's Airport Prepares for Increased Labor Day Passengers
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it is prepared to handle the increase in the number of travelers expected to be flying out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) over the Labor Day weekend.
Over the past two days, the TSA reported airport security has been more active than before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019!
"We continue to see increased traveler volume at airport security checkpoints," commented Gilbert Almaraz, TSA's Federal Security Director for AUS, in a media release on September 2, 2022.
"At AUS, our officers are prepared for the influx of travelers."
"I remind travelers to arrive early, be weather aware as rain storms may impact travel schedules, and double-check carry-on luggage for prohibited items."
While standing in a security line, remove items from pockets such as wallets, keys, lip balm, tissues, and cell phones and place them into carry-on bags instead of putting things from pockets directly into bins.
Additionally, the TSA PreCheck® expedited screening program allows travelers to leave on shoes, jackets, and belts and enables them to keep their electronics in their carry-on bags.
Due to these benefits, the TSA PreCheck lanes move the quickest.
Furthermore, the TSA no longer requires travelers to wear masks but remains optional.
Separately, the U.S. CDC suggests international travelers confirm their vaccination status at least one month before departure.
In Austin, travel vaccines, such as yellow fever and polio, are offered at certified pharmacies.
As the original terminal serving Austin-Bergstrom International Airport since it opened in 1999, the Barbara Jordan Terminal is accessed from SH-71.
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, as well as arrange for assistance at Austin's TSA checkpoint.