TSA chief Pekoske on new restrictions for powder-based items
TSA announces new rules for powder on the basis of the items in carry-on baggage on international flights bound for the US.
Travelers planning to hop on a plane to celebrate on the Fourth of July holiday is advised to go to the airport too early, especially on Friday which is estimated to be “one of the busiest days ever” for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The TSA is preparing for what looks like another busy summer, with 243 million passengers and crew members projected to pass through the security checkpoints across airports in the country. That is, compared with 239 million that were shown during the 2017 summer travel period.
“It is likely that some travel days this year may also be in the top 10 list,” the TSA said in an online statement Wednesday.
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The upcoming holidays are expected to be particularly full of flyers.
Are you going to fly for the #FourthofJuly holiday? Do not forget to pack well, arrive early, and follow the instructions that are given by our TSA agents. #SummerTravel pic.twitter.com/k2mMcfs24y
— TSA (@TSA) June 26, 2018
“A number of the busiest days of the summer can be expected in the days prior to and directly after the major holidays such as July 4 and Labor Day, but most days in the summer will seem like holiday time with the increase in passengers expected in the summer,” the TSA said.
About 28.3 million passengers and staff are expected to fly from June 28 to July 9, with 2.7 million expected on Friday only. With those treasures, Friday, may surpass the previous Nov. 28, 2004 record 2,713,864 — for the busiest day in TSA history.
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“The July Fourth holiday travel period will lead to the busiest checkpoint screening day of the year,” the TSA warned in a tweet.
In a press conference Wednesday, TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the media it can wait an hour for a number of airports, depending on the weather and the volume of the flyers. But he assured everyone that TSA agents are prepared for the increase.
“We jointly between the TSA, airlines and airports are ready for the passenger to travel that we can predict,” Pekoske said, according to USA TODAY.
The TSA is encouraging passengers to download the MyTSA app offers 24/7 access to the safety of the airport information, and consider signing up for TSA Precheck to ensure a smooth airport security experience.
The MyTSA app provides passengers with 24/7 access to the airport security information on any mobile device. More information and download: https://t.co/rxJRDyz7kn
— TSA (@TSA) June 27, 2018
THE TSA IS ADDING NEW RESTRICTIONS OF POWDERS
Security officials also reminded the passengers that they increase the screening of powdery substances in carry-on baggage on international flights to the US. as of June 30th.
Passengers that larger quantities of powders including food, ground coffee or cosmetic products can have their bags opened and the powder is subjected to a test for explosives. TSA already requires the extra screening on domestic flights.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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