The Public Affairs Manager of the Transportation Security Administration, Lisa Farbstein, made a stop today at Greater Binghamton Airport to talk about the locally surrendered items and the “My TSA” app that is available for travelers. With many local media outlets covering the story Lisa shared with them the large number of items that have been detected by the TSA agents at Greater Binghamton Airport and surrendered by the traveler.
Lisa explained that when items are found during the screening process, passenger are offered the option to place it in their checked bag, return it to their vehicle, hand it to a friend who might be at the airport to see them off, mail the item back to their home or to their final destination and lastly, surrender the item to the TSA agent. Lisa displayed many of the items that were surrendered to show the variety of items they find and the type of restrictions that are still in place to keep your air travel safe.
The higher amount of prohibited items come at a time when travelers who were toddlers during 9/11 are now flying and don’t think about the restrictions that are in place. With the highly trained TSA Agents and the sophisticated scanning machines, the items are found and surrendered in one of the manners listed above to ensure a safe trip for all.
How do you keep from having to surrender an item that you want to take with you? Use the “My TSA” app. The information is available to you 24/7 and can save you the aggravation of surrendering an item or the time it take to call the airport to ask the question.
The Can I Bring? feature will help you to determine the best way to travel with your items. It will tell you which bag to put it in or it will tell you that you cannot bring that item at all. It’s a very user friendly app and you can even find the information on TSA.gov if you don’t have a smart phone or device.
It was an exciting visit from Lisa today and I think everyone in attendance was surprised by the items that people attempted to travel with. We would like to thank Lisa Farbstein and all the TSA Agents that work at Greater Binghamton Airport for their hard work and dedication to making our passengers safe as they fly from BGM.
Written by Jennifer Lasher / Photos by Jennifer Lasher