BISMARCK, N.D.– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in North Dakota is preparing for the start of the summer travel period, which traditionally begins on the Memorial Day holiday weekend continuing through Labor Day.
TSA projects it will screen about 3 percent more passengers this summer than last summer at Hector International Airport in Fargo. At Bismarck Airport, TSA expects to see a 2 percent increase over last summer. July is expected to be the busiest summer month for TSA security operations in North Dakota.
The busiest times at security checkpoints are 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and again mid-afternoon. It is highly recommended that all travelers arrive 90 minutes prior to flight departure to allow time to park, check a bag with the airline, go through security and get to the gate.
Nationwide, record numbers of passengers are expected to be screened by TSA at more than 440 airports this summer. Peak travel periods will be in June and July, including Independence Day weekend. During the busiest days of summer, TSA will screen more than 2.5 million passengers per day.
“TSA is committed to working with our airport and airline partners to maintain efficient and effective security operations during the summer months and throughout the year,” said David Durgan, TSA federal security director for North Dakota. “The public also play an important role in the efficiency of the screening process and we encourage all travelers to take a few minutes to prepare for their trip through the security checkpoint.”
Below are some tips for the airport security checkpoint:
- An uncluttered carry-on bag helps TSA officers better screen items with greater efficiency. Neatly coil charger cables and electrical cords help the TSA officer get a clear look at your bag on the X-ray screen. Adhering to the airline’s “1+1” carry-on policy is also important.
- Partner with TSA to make the screening process more efficient by bringing fewer bags to the security checkpoint and checking prohibited items in carryon luggage. Not sure what is prohibited? Use the myTSA app to determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all. You can download the myTSA app on iTunes or Google Play. The same information can also be accessed online.
- Preparation is key when going through the security checkpoint. Delays of even a few seconds per passenger multiplied by the number of passengers screened everyday can create unnecessary slowdowns in the process.
- Apply for TSA Pre✓®, which allows flyers to leave on their shoes, light jacket and belt. At some airports, travelers can keep their laptop and 3-1-1 compliant liquids, gels and aerosols in a carry-on bag. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA Pre✓® this summer are encouraged to enroll now. There are four enrollment centers in North Dakota including sites in Bismarck (1035 E Interstate Avenue); Dickinson (366 21st Street E.); Fargo (5669 13th Ave N); and Minot (3108 S Broadway). For specific hours and more information, visit tsa.gov.
- 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, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT and weekends/holidays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT. You can also call the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673.
- 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
- Remember that security is TSA’s focus and we will not compromise security to move travelers more quickly through the security 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™.