TSA prepared for Labor Day weekend travel out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Agency shares travel tips ahead of Labor Day weekend
Local Press Release
Friday, September 2, 2022

AUSTIN —  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prepared to handle the increase in the number of travelers who are expected to be flying out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and is generally a busy travel weekend. During the global pandemic, passenger volume fell dramatically. This year, travel volume has increased with leisure, business and international travel showing signs of recovery. TSA officers across the country are currently screening approximately 2.2 million people daily, which is a significant increase from last year.

“We continue to see increased traveler volume at airport security checkpoints,” said Gilbert Almaraz, TSA’s Federal Security Director for AUS. “At AUS our officers are prepared for the influx in travelers this Labor Day weekend and I remind travelers to arrive early, be weather aware as rain storms may impact travel schedules and double-check carry-on luggage for prohibited items.”   

TSA is no longer requiring travelers to wear masks, however they remain optional and a TSA officer will ask a traveler with a mask to remove it momentarily to verify that the person’s face matches the face on their ID.

Due to the on-going pandemic, the agency is still allowing travelers to bring one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint experience.

TSA’s Top Labor Day Travel Tips

  1. Arrive at the airport early and be prepared to see a line. Travel this Labor Day weekend is expected to be the busy. Plan to be at the airport two hours prior to your scheduled domestic flight and three hours prior to international flight.
  2. While standing in a checkpoint line, use the time in line wisely. Remove items from pockets such as wallets, keys, lip balm, tissues and cell phones and place them into carry-on bags instead of putting items from pockets directly into bins. It’s also the best time to have ID and boarding passes in hand prior to walking up to the travel document checking podium.
  3. Enroll in TSA PreCheck®. The popular expedited screening program allows travelers to leave on shoes, jackets, belts and enables them to keep their electronics and 3-1-1 bags in their carry-on bags. Due to these benefits, the TSA PreCheck lanes move the quickest. 
  4. Know before you go! Know what can and cannot go in a carry-on bag from firearms to oversize liquids. Prohibited items result in checkpoint delays. Unsure if an item should be packed in a carry-on bag, checked bag, either or neither? Download the free myTSA app, which has a handy “What can I bring?” feature that allows you to type in the item to find out if it can fly. Or ask us on Twitter or Facebook Messenger at @AskTSA.
  5. Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call the 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.  
  6. Get your REAL ID-compliant ID Travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant credential to board a flight after May 3, 2023. Don’t wait, get it this year.