NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The TSA is gearing up for another record breaking travel season this summer and officials are advising travelers to come early and be prepared
“Believe it or not, the next two travel days are the busiest travel days of the entire year, certainly so far this calendar year,” says TSA Spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein.
Farbstein says as far as the number of people traveling, Friday could be a new record in TSA history.
On average, TSA says the Norfolk International Airport will have a thousand more travelers a week.
“It’s probably going to take you a little longer to find parking, take you a little longer to check in and you’ll see a line at the checkpoint because you’re not the only one going on vacation,” explained Farbstein.
The coming weeks around July 4 and Labor Day are peak vacation times, with 243 million passengers and crew projected to come through security checkpoints nationwide between those holidays, and Farbstein says the number one tip is to arrive early.
“On an average weekday, 90 minutes is usually enough, but on a super busy summer travel season it’s really best to get here two hours in advance for your flight,” said Farbstein.
The checkpoints at the Norfolk International Airport are fully staffed during this time, but one of their Transportation Safety Officers, Christine Dasilveira, says there are also some things you can do to make going through checkpoints as smooth as possible.
“First of all be in the right line, be in the right checkpoint,” Dasilveira said.
Airports can be overwhelming, but Dasilveira says double check that boarding pass so you don’t have to get in two lines.
Also, she advises having a printed copy of your boarding pass.
“Fumbling with your cellphone, trying to pull up an electronic boarding pass, isn’t always the best idea. You might always want to have one printed with you.”
Dasilveira says with the larger-than-usual crowds, your reception might not be able to pull it up, which could cause a big backup.