MOSINEE, WI – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) has steadily handled the recent uptick in passenger volume during the past month. However, TSA reminds travelers that by following a few suggestions, they can help reduce their time in airport security screening. At this time of year, passenger numbers tend to increase because of spring break travelers, who typically travel late February through April.
Although spring break typically represents one of TSA’s busier travel seasons, the agency continues to anticipate average daily passenger volume will remain well below pre-pandemic levels. TSA reminds passengers who choose to travel that pandemic precautions remain in place with mask wearing for both employees and passengers, social distancing, acrylic barriers, nitrile gloves and routine disinfecting protocols throughout the checkpoint.
“The TSA is committed to supporting a healthy and secure environment for our employees, airport personnel and airline passengers.” said Mark Lendvay, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Wisconsin.
Those flying out of CWA in the coming months should follow these six tips for getting through the TSA checkpoint as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Tip 1: Wear a face mask. You must. The federal requirement supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Order mandating face masks be worn on all public conveyances and at stations, ports, or similar transportation hubs regardless of state and local laws.
Tip 2: Leave prohibited items at home. To reduce the likelihood of physical contact with TSA officers at the checkpoint, check for prohibited items by using the “What Can I Bring?” page on TSA.gov.
Tip 3: Arrive early and be prepared for the security checkpoint. The busiest time at CWA is usually from 6 a.m. up to 8 a.m. You’ll want to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Have a valid ID card readily available. Follow the liquids rule of 3.4 ounces or less, with the exception of hand sanitizer, which has a temporary 12-ounce limit in carry-on baggage.
Tip 4: No guns at checkpoints. Airline passengers can fly with firearms only in checked baggage. All firearms must be properly packed and declared at check-in. Contact your airline for additional guidance.
Tip 5: Help is always available. Get live assistance by tweeting your questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. You can also call the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673 or the TSA Cares helpline (855-787-2227) which provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.
Tip 6: Enroll now in TSA PreCheck®. “Travel with Ease” by enrolling in TSA PreCheck and avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops and light jackets. Most new enrollees receive a known traveler number within five days, and membership lasts for five years.
For additional information about TSA procedures during COVID-19 as part of our “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure” campaign, visit tsa.gov/coronavirus.