PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OFFERS HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS
PITTSBURGH, PA (December 21, 2007)—The Allegheny County Airport Authority wants to make holiday 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 holiday travel simple and enjoyable," explained Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) is forecasting that 47 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the winter holiday season (spanning Thursday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Jan. 2). This forecast is comparable to last year’s traffic volume and is a signal of another strong season of holiday air travel – on average, 2.25 million travelers per day.
The four busiest days during the winter travel period are expected to be Wednesday, Jan. 2; Friday, Dec. 21; Thursday, Dec. 27; and Wednesday, Dec. 26, respectively. On these days, daily traffic will average upward of 2.5 million passengers. The two least busy travel days are anticipated to be Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Dec. 24, respectively, each with an average of 1.9 million passengers.
As with every holiday travel season, the Airport Authority urges customers to be prepared for their trip. To help make the airport experience as smooth as possible, the Airport Authority encourages passengers to:
- Pack any gifts unwrapped, as they may need to be inspected by security
- Use automated check-in options, offered via airline Web sites and at airport kiosks, up to 24 hours before departure
- Travel with a current government-issued photo identification
- Allow plenty of time for checking in and for security screening at the airport. If traveling on the busiest days, plan for longer-than-usual security lines
- Medications taken on a regular basis should not be packed in checked bags
- If packing liquids or gels in carry-on baggage, pack them in containers of three ounces or less. Place these in a one-quart zip-top bag that can be put in a security bin separately for screening. Only one zip-top bag is allowed per passenger, so what does not fit must be packed in checked luggage. Note that larger quantities of medications and baby formula can be carried onboard
- Become familiar with the list of TSA permitted and prohibited items
- At the security checkpoint, place metallic objects (e.g., coins, keys, pens, cell phone, watch, camera) in carry-on baggage.
- Tag each bag, inside and out, with traveler name and contact information, and remove all destination baggage tags from previous trips
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. Have a happy and safe holiday!