Published on : Monday, May 22, 2017
The number of passengers expected to fly this summer season is expected to be the highest in years with more than 2.2 million passengers per day expected to pass through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints between Memorial Day and Labor Day with almost a quarter million of those passengers going through security screening in the New York Metropolitan region alone.
TSA is prepared for the start of the summer travel season, with peak travel period kicking off with the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and extending through August. During the busiest days of the summer, which are expected to be the days leading up to and immediately after Memorial Day, Indepedence Day and Labor Day, TSA will screen more than 2.5 million passengers per day nationwide.
TSA officers at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) will screen more than 70,000 passengers; John F. Kennedy International Airport more than 100,000 passengers; and at LaGuardia Airport more than 50,000 passengers on a busy summer day.
Through the TSA Airport Operations Center and in coordination with airport and airline partners, TSA aims to maintain effective and efficient security operations at checkpoints nationwide during the busy travel season. The center tracks daily screening operations, rapidly addresses any issues that arise, and deploys personnel, canine teams and technology where needed. This summer, nationwide, 50 more passenger canine teams will be in use compared to last summer, and 2,000 more TSA officers will be working this year compared to last year.
“As we approach the summer break, securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia. “It is well known that terrorists continue to focus on aviation, which is why TSA continues to focus on providing robust security screening. TSA takes many security measures, seen and unseen, while working closely with industry partners such as airlines and airports to enhance the traveling experience and ensure every passenger arrives to their destination safely.”
“TSA is tasked with a complex, critical security mission that can only be accomplished through close collaboration with stakeholders and partners. We will not compromise our security mission of protecting air travelers as we face an evolving threat by a determined enemy,” she said.
Additionally, TSA continues to team up with vendors and airlines, for instance, to develop and deploy innovative technologies at airports. Automated screening lanes offer several features designed to improve the screening of travelers this summer by allowing travelers to move more swiftly and efficiently through checkpoints. 50 automated screening lanes are currently in operation, including 17 at Newark Liberty International Airport and another six at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which is expected to get additional lanes in the weeks ahead. These lanes are state-of-the-art in advancing security effectiveness, increasing efficiency, and improving the passenger experience.
The best way to ensure a quick trip through the security screening process is to prepare, prepare, prepare because there will be hundreds of thousands of people flying out of the New York City area airports daily.
Passenger preparedness can have a significant impact on wait times at security checkpoints nationwide. To facilitate the security screening process, travelers should arrive early to the New York area’s three major airports, Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport. It is recommended that travelers arrive two hours in advance of their domestic flight and three hours prior to an international flight to ensure that they have time to park their cars or return rental cars, check their bags with their airline, get their boarding pass and hit the restroom, all before heading to the security checkpoint.