TSA at LaGuardia Airport set record for passenger throughput on Thursday

Local Press Release
Friday, April 19, 2019

NEW YORK —  The Transportation Security Administration at LaGuardia Airport set a record yesterday, April 18, for the most passengers who went through the security screening process in the history of the airport when 59,698 travelers passed through the checkpoints and onto their departing gates. The previous record was set last year, on June 25, 2018, when 58,617 passengers were screened at the LaGuardia Airport security checkpoints.

With the Passover and Easter holidays both starting this weekend, “travelers were getting a head start on their holiday travel and many departed for their holiday celebrations on Thursday,” said Robert Duffy, TSA’s Federal Security Director for LaGuardia Airport. “Our officers expected a larger than usual throughput and they remained focused on security procedures to ensure that travelers reached their destinations safely. We expect the remainder of this spring and into summer to continue seeing a high volume of passengers and with that in mind, my advice to travelers is to get to the airport two hours before their flight and listen to the guidance that the TSA officers are providing at the checkpoints. The officers know the procedures and their instruction will keep the flow of passengers operating smoothly.” 

Duffy also recommended that travelers pay close attention to the items that they place in their carry-on bags to ensure that they are not carrying any prohibited items to the checkpoint because doing so will slow down the security screening process.

Passengers with questions about whether an item should be packed in a carry-on bag, checked bag, either or neither, they can reach out to TSA in several ways:

Visit the TSA.gov’s “What can I bring?” page to type in an item.

Use social media. Tweet your question to @AskTSA or reach out via Facebook Messenger.

Download the free MyTSA app and use the “What can I bring” feature.