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TSA says it’s prepared for the summer-travel season at the Syracuse airport

By Eric Reinhardt (


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it’s prepared to handle an increase in the number of travelers who will be flying out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport and airports nationwide.

“We are ready to handle the expected increase in travelers who are flying out of Syracuse this summer,” Bart Johnson, TSA’s federal security director for 13 Upstate airports, said in the TSA news release. “I would ask that the travelling public do their part by arriving to the airport two hours prior to their scheduled flight departure and know what they can – and cannot pack – in their carry-on luggage so the TSA officers at the checkpoint can focus on the real threat to aviation.” 

The Transportation Security Administration says 3-D computed tomography scanners are in use at the security checkpoint at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. (Photo credit: Transportation Security Administration)

Johnson went on to say, “To assist the TSA officers at the checkpoint, TSA has secured some new technologies at the checkpoint to enhance security. We have new computed tomography scanners that allow us to get a detailed 3-D image of the contents of carry-on bags. This new technology enables travelers to leave their electronics inside their carry-on bags and leave their 3-1-1 liquids inside as well, which is a convenience for travelers.”

TSA officers across the country are screening more than two million people daily, which is a “significant” increase from last year. During the first quarter of 2023, TSA officers screened more than 191 million passengers at security checkpoints nationwide, compared to about 158 million screened in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 20.4 percent, TSA said.

It also encourages people who are planning to travel this summer to enroll in TSA PreCheck. The expedited screening program allows travelers to leave on their shoes, jackets, belts and enables them to keep their electronics and 3-1-1 bags in their carry-on bags. 

TSA also just announced that teenagers aged 13-17 may now accompany their TSA PreCheck-enrolled parents or guardians through TSA PreCheck screening when traveling on the same reservation and when the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the teen’s boarding pass.

Children 12 and under may still accompany an enrolled parent or guardian when traveling through the TSA PreCheck lanes anytime without restriction, TSA said.


Additional reminders

TSA reminds passengers to always know the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint. TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage, either or neither.

Travelers can use the “Can I Bring?” feature on the TSA website or on the free downloadable myTSA app. Travelers can also tweet to @AskTSA or send a text message (275-872) if they have a travel question or are unsure if an item is allowed through security in a carry-on bag. Just snap a picture or send a question and get real-time assistance, TSA said.


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