BANGOR, Maine – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Bangor International Airport (BGR) are preparing for a busy travel season this summer, as BGR continues to see a nearly 30% increase in the number of passengers over last year.
Last summer, TSA screened more than 247,000 passengers and crew during the same period, which included some of the busiest days of the year.
To support this busy season, TSA and Bangor International Airport have been working together to ensure we are fully staffed for the summer.
As a reminder, TSA recently completed the roll-out of enhanced screening procedures and there are a few things passengers can do to assist TSA with keeping wait times to a minimum this summer:
- Prohibited items: Always check personal belongings/carry-ons for prohibited items before going to the airport.
- Arrive on time: Check with the airlines and airports to determine wait times during peak periods. The MyTSA App is also a great resource to help figure out when you should get to the airport.
- Pack smart: Pack your carry-on so that it can be easily screened. Examples of personal electronic items that should be scanned separately include laptops, tablets, e-readers and cameras. Additionally, TSA may provide instructions to remove items from your bag such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.
BGR would like to remind passengers that there are amenities available at the airport once they pass through the security checkpoint, including restrooms, a newly-created Service Animal Relief Area for those traveling with canine companions, as well as places to purchase food and beverages.
For additional travel tips, read “TSA’s 5 Essential Summer Travel Tips” and follow @AskTSA and @TSA on Twitter and Facebook.