TSA provides tips for travel during busy summer season

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Memorial Day weekend is going to a busy time for travelers both on the road and in the air. It usually kicks off the summer travel season. 

The Transportation Security Administration expects a busy summer with high passenger volume at airports and security checkpoints. TSA Customer Service and Stakeholder Relations Manager Maggie Santiago has some tips on how to prepare for a smooth and stress-free experience. 

While there are no changes to TSA procedures compared to last year, TSA does expect an estimated 4% increase in the number of people traveling this summer season. Santiago encourages all travelers to allow plenty of time for travel. 

Travel tips at the airport include the following:

  •  Arrive with enough time for parking, checking in at ticket counter, and clearing security 1.5 to 2 hours in advance 
  •  Pack wisely and know which items can and cannot be packed in carry-on or checked baggage
  • Separate electronics and food items and place in separate bins
  • Firearms are not allowed
  • TSA PreCheck is recommended for expedited screening.
  • New Mexico is a Real ID complaint state, so NM driver’s licenses can be used for air travel

Click here for additional TSA travel information. 

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