TSA at Spokane International Airport (GEG) is fully prepared for a surge in travelers during the busy Thanksgiving travel season

TSA at Spokane International Airport (GEG) is fully prepared for a surge in travelers during the busy Thanksgiving travel season
TSA at Spokane International Airport (GEG) is fully prepared for a surge in travelers during the busy Thanksgiving travel season

Record Number of Travelers Expected at Spokane International Airport This Thanksgiving

SPOKANE, Washington – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing for a surge in travelers at Spokane International Airport (GEG) during the Thanksgiving holiday season. With the official travel period starting on November 17 and continuing through November 28, TSA at GEG projects screening more than 73,000 travelers. Nationwide, TSA expects to screen 30 million travelers at airports across the country during this time.

TSA Federal Security Director for Washington, Greg Hawko, stated, “TSA has been working closely with the airlines and airport to ensure that we have a comprehensive plan in place to handle the increase in departing passengers at GEG. We encourage everyone to plan ahead and be prepared for every step of the travel process.”

Busiest Travel Days at GEG

The busiest days at GEG during the Thanksgiving travel period are projected to be the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as well as the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, November 21, TSA expects to screen approximately 6,300 departing travelers at GEG, while on Wednesday, November 22, the number is projected to increase to 7,400. Sunday, November 26 is expected to be the busiest day of the holiday travel period with over 7,400 departing travelers. Monday, November 27 will also be busy with more than 6,500 people projected to be screened through the security checkpoints at GEG.

National Projections

Nationally, TSA projects to screen 2.5 million passengers on Tuesday, November 21; 2.69 million passengers on Wednesday, November 22; and 2.9 million passengers on Sunday, November 26, making it the busiest travel day for TSA since its inception in 2001.

Security Checkpoint Information

The busiest times at GEG’s security checkpoints are from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, there may be an increase in the number of people needing to be screened between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. due to several afternoon flights. TSA aims to get travelers through the general security screening process in less than 30 minutes and through TSA PreCheck screening in less than 10 minutes. General screening and TSA PreCheck lanes are available at the AB and C security checkpoints.

Five Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

1. Unpack your bag before you pack it. To avoid bringing prohibited items in carry-on luggage, start with an empty bag or suitcase. Use the MyTSA app or contact @AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger for real-time assistance.

2. Confirm your Known Traveler Number (KTN) in your airline reservation. Make sure your KTN and correct date of birth are in your airline reservation to be eligible for TSA PreCheck screening. Teenagers ages 13-17 can accompany TSA PreCheck-enrolled parents or guardians through TSA PreCheck screening when traveling on the same reservation.

3. Make a plan for traveling with holiday foods. Most foods can be carried through the TSA checkpoint, but some items may need to be transported in checked baggage. Check TSA’s guidelines for specific food items.

4. Plan ahead to request passenger support. Call the TSA Cares helpline at least 72 hours prior to travel for assistance and information about screening procedures.

5. Arrive at the airport early and prepared. TSA will be ready for the high volume of travelers at GEG during the holidays, but it’s important to pack your patience and be prepared for every step of the travel process.

Author’s Quote

“We are excited to welcome a record number of travelers at Spokane International Airport this Thanksgiving. With our comprehensive staffing and operational plan, we are prepared to ensure a smooth travel experience for all passengers.” – [Author’s Name]

Author’s Conclusion

Traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday can be hectic, but with proper planning and preparation, it can also be a smooth and enjoyable experience. Follow these tips and guidelines to make your Thanksgiving travel stress-free. Safe travels!” – [Author’s Name]

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