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Record Number of Flyers at Syracuse Airport


If travelers think that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) terminal seems crowded, their perception is accurate. March was the fifth busiest month for the number of passengers screened at the airport’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint since 2005.

TSA officers screened 140,790 individuals at the airport security checkpoint last month. Not only was it the fifth busiest month ever for screening of passengers, but it was the most passengers screened during the month of March since 2005 when 126,319 people were screened.

“So far this year, the passenger volume coming through our security checkpoint has been the busiest that we have seen in about 20 years,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “Our officers remain focused on the mission. Additionally, we are appreciative of travelers who arrive at the checkpoint prepared to go through the screening process.”

A busier checkpoint is exactly why travelers should plan to arrive at the terminal well before their flight. More travelers means that it will take just a little longer to park a car, return a rental car, check bags and all of that before getting to the security line.

“As SYR traffic swells to unprecedented levels, we have an even deeper appreciation for the vital role our federal partners at TSA play in ensuring the security of the National Airspace System,” said Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) Executive Director Jason Terreri. “To ensure the best customer experience possible, travelers should plan to arrive to the airport two hours prior to their scheduled departure.”

To help ensure a smooth security experience, travelers need to come to the checkpoint prepared to go through the security screening process. That means having ID and boarding pass out and ready for the travel document checker. It means placing items from pockets into carry-on bags while in the security line. And it means ensuring that you do not have any prohibited items among your carry-on items.

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