PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RESPONDS TO NEW HOMELAND SECURITY MEASURES
PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Allegheny County Airport Authority is advising passengers of increased security measures at the Pittsburgh International Airport security checkpoints due to a US Department of Homeland Security directive prohibiting liquids in carry-on baggage.
This new directive went into effect at Pittsburgh International Airport at 4 am today. This morning, more than 5,600 people passed through security with the new restrictions in place.
The Average Normal Wait time was 12 to 15 minutes. The Longest Average Wait time was 46 minutes. The Airport Authority is advising that passengers arrive at the airport two hours before their flights.
The Transportation Security Administration at Pittsburgh International Airport was able to process so many people due to optimum staffing and the availability of additional security lanes at the Alternate Security Checkpoint located across from the airline ticket counters in the former commuter terminal.
Once in the Airside Terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport, passengers may purchase beverages which need to be consumed prior to boarding the plane.
In the AIRMALL, many specialty retailers are shipping products for passengers who shop in an effort to comply with the guidelines of the security directive as well as serve the customer. AIRMALL stores including Clinique, the Body Shop, Perfumania, Victoria’s Secret and L’Occitane, which offer many bath, body and cosmetic items, have established a shipping program to meet the new requirements for air travel.
The Department of Homeland Security has raised the threat level to Orange for all commercial aviation in the United States. In response, the Allegheny County Airport Authority is working closely with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airline officials to ensure the safety and security of passengers and aviation employees.
Effective immediately, all liquid and gel items -- including drinks, perfume, shampoo, contact lens solutions, etc., are not permitted in carry-on baggage through screening checkpoints or onto any aircraft; however, these items are allowed in checked baggage. Exceptions to this ban are baby formula and prescription medications (in passenger`s name on label), but passengers will need to present these items for inspection at security checkpoints. For a listing of banned items, go to www.tsa.gov.