AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — Air traffic is picking up as we ease our way through the pandemic. Nationwide, TSA officers are screening roughly two million people daily a large increase from last year.
TSA officials say also increasing is the number of security checkpoint violations during this busy summer travel season.
TSA officials say they’re prepared to handle the increased travel volume. But they urge you to know checkpoint security protocol before you get here.
There were roughly 80 pounds of items confiscated July 3rd through the 5th at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport lots of personal hygiene products and even salad dressing and honey.
Items filled to the brim that should not have been put in carry-ons. It’s one reason the TSA held a news conference here as air travel increases while the pandemic persists.
“We want to reduce the touchpoints,” said Michael Kichline, Assistant Federal Security Director, TSA.
One way to do that according to Michael Kichline? When walking through checkpoint security, empty your pockets and put the contents in your carry-on bag instead of a checkpoint bin.
“We want to make sure that we’re not transmitting something to the passenger or vice versa. I need to protect my employees,” stated Kichline.
What you can bring with you because of the pandemic?
“We’re allowing up to one, 12-ounce container of liquid hand sanitizer per passenger,” said Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for TSA.
And as many sanitary wipes as you want.
“I brought hand sanitizer and wipes to wipe down the airplane if I felt like I needed to wipe down the airplane and wipe my hands and clean my hands off,” said Jim Wisekal.
And while you’re at it, pack an extra mask just in case just not the stuff that will end up in a dumpster.
Those masks are mandatory inside airport terminals and on planes through September 13th according to CDC guidance.