SUMMER HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY
PITTSBURGH, PA (May 23, 2007) — Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. The Allegheny County Airport Authority wants to make summer travel easier for passengers flying through Pittsburgh International Airport by offering air travel tips. "Planning ahead with your travel arrangements, such as packing correctly and being prepared for security checkpoint will make summer travel simple and enjoyable," explained Kent G. George, Executive Director, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Follow the Allegheny County Airport Authority summer travel tips to ensure a smooth travel at Pittsburgh International Airport:
- Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to your flight. Expect possible slowdowns caused by heavy traffic and plan accordingly.
- Identify each bag with your name, address and contact number.
- Check your pockets for lighters, firearms or other prohibited items.
- Keep valuables, medicine and other important items in your carry-on luggage.
- Familiarize yourself with the TSA’s guidelines for carry-on luggage. The 3-1-1 on Air Travel reminds passengers they may carry:
- Containers 3 ounces or less for liquids or gel.
- 1 quart-size (7 ½” by 8”), clear plastic, zip-top bag to hold those containers.
- 1 zip-top bag per traveler, to be removed from carry-on and placed in the security bin at the checkpoint.
- Once beyond the screening checkpoint, you can purchase and take a beverage on the aircraft. The TSA has eased its ban on beverages. Travelers are now allowed to bring thirst-quenchers onto an airplane, but only if they are purchased at the airport past the security checkpoint.
- Only ticketed passengers may proceed past the security screening checkpoint. Due to heightened security measures, passengers may experience the following:
- Increased number of uniformed law enforcement and security personnel
- Reduced access points to secured areas at airports
- Towing of unattended vehicles near the terminals
- Heightened awareness of unattended bags
- Requests for ID and boarding pass for travel
In addition to these tips, travelers can visit the Pittsburgh International Airport website, www.FlyPittsburgh.com to get "real time" information on the length of the line at the security checkpoint, to learn the status of their flight and the exact level of available parking in short-term, long-term, and extended term parking. More information on TSA regulations for carry-on and checked luggage can be found at www.TSA.gov. By adhering to these guidelines, travelers will find the security process quicker and more efficient.