TRAVEL ADVISORY: ARRIVE EARLY FOR FLIGHTS AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR CHECK-IN AND SECURITY DUE TO INCREASE IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC
PITTSBURGH, PA (May 18, 2011) – With increased traffic and the heavy summer travel months just ahead, the Allegheny County Airport Authority is reminding travelers to arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport at least 90 minutes to two hours before the scheduled departure of their flight.
The Airport Authority reports that there are two security checkpoints at Pittsburgh International Airport. The Main Checkpoint -- on the Transit Level of the Landside Terminal – is open 24 hours, while the Alternate Checkpoint – located just outside of the Ticketing Level of the Landside Terminal – is open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Our passenger traffic has steadily increased over the past year,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director and CEO, of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. “We have been very busy at the security checkpoints at certain times of the day. We are asking passengers to allow enough time for the security process and be aware of security issues.”
Passengers arriving at the airport and going through the checkpoint are reminded that if they are not checking luggage, they can print their boarding pass at home or use boarding pass kiosks at the airport to avoid lines at the ticket counter.
To expedite the screening process, passengers are reminded to follow the Transportation Security Administration’s 3-1-1 rule for liquid or gels in carry-on luggage. The 3-1-1 rule is: no more than 3 ounces of a liquid or gel in a container; all containers must be packed in a clear 1-quart, zip top bag; and only 1 bag per passenger.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority urges travelers to visit the TSA’s website at www.tsa.gov prior to traveling. Understanding the security process greatly expedites the screening process for all.