TSA ensures security preparedness for high summer travel volume

Local Press Release
Monday, May 22, 2017

MILWAUKEE– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prepared for the start of the summer travel period, typically marked by the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continuing into August. At General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), 2017 is expected to be another busy year for air travel. At MKE, TSA screens an average of 9,500 passengers per day. During peak times this summer, TSA anticipates screening about 11,500 passengers per day. 

Through the TSA national Airport Operations Center and in coordination with airport/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 Milwaukee, we’re looking forward to getting passengers to their destinations safely,” said TSA Wisconsin Federal Security Director Mark Lendvay. “We recommend that passengers arrive at the airport two hours in advance of their flights to ensure enough time to park, return rental cars, check bags at airline ticket counters, and get through the security screening checkpoint before arriving at their gate.”  

To help prepare for travel, passengers can 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.

Some helpful tools and travel tips for the airport security checkpoint include:

  • Apply for TSA 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.
  • Prepare for security. Avoid over packing your carry-on bag and consider checking bags when feasible. Remember to have a valid ID and boarding pass readily available. If you are traveling abroad, be aware of the recent changes to international travel carry-on items. Also read the FAQ or fact sheet about upcoming REAL ID requirements.
  • Follow the liquids rule. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all containers must fit inside a single quart-size plastic bag and be placed in a bin for carry-on baggage screening. This includes sun block and tanning lotions.
  • Call TSA Cares. Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call 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. 

For further information about TSA procedures, read the  frequently asked questions or watch TSA’s travel tips videos.