TSA displays surrendered items at BGM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Airshow returns to Binghamton on July 4th weekend.

The Triumphant Return of the Exciting Family Event in Broome County

(Written by David Hickling)

It’s back! Broome County Executive Debbie Preston recently announced that the Greater Binghamton Airshow will return to the skies after a five-year hiatus.

Since BGM’s last Airshow in 2009, not many days have passed when someone from the community hasn’t asked when the show was going to return to the skies of Binghamton. Unfortunately, during that time, a combination of construction projects and economic factors prevented the return of this popular event.

But that all changed when Tioga Downs Casino stepped up as the new presenting sponsor to revive the Greater Binghamton Airshow in 2014.

The news of Tioga Downs Casino’s involvement as the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Greater Binghamton Airshow has without a doubt been enthusiastically welcomed by the community. The airshow has always been one of the most anticipated summer events in Broome County in the past and it has been greatly missed.

The 2014 Airshow will be held July 4th and 5th at the Greater Binghamton Airport. It will feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, an astonishing 11 ship aerobatic team known as Team AeroDynamix, Historical War Birds from yesteryear and several aerobatic performers who will showcase unbelievable maneuvers with their high performance aircraft.

This year’s event also represents the return of a “Night Airshow”. On July 4th, the air show will begin in the evening and continue into the night. In a unique airshow experience, some of the  aircraft  have been modified to carry and launch fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices which will light up the night-time skies. Following the night aerobatic performances, a spectacular fireworks display will close out the evening.

Saturday’s airshow will be a traditional airshow that will be held during the daytime. The skies will be filled with incredible aerial performances airshow fans have come to love. What’s more, there will be plenty of room to set up lawn chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

This year for the first time airshow patrons will pay one price for both days’ events. Adult tickets will be $12 advanced purchase and $15 at the gate. Tickets for children 8 to 16 years of age will be $7 advanced purchase and $10 at the gate, children 7 and under will be free. Tickets may be purchased on-line, cash sales in the Aviation Administration Office at the airport starting in June and at yet to be announced area merchants. (Airshow website is under construction)

On July 4th, gates will open for the night show at 6:00 PM, opening ceremonies will commence at 8:00 PM. The night show will conclude with Fireworks at around 10:00 PM. Gates will open on Saturday July 5th at 10:00 AM with the opening ceremonies commencing at noon. The airshow will conclude at 4:00 PM.

To date, other local sponsors, such as BAE Systems of Endicott and McFarland-Johnson of Binghamton are also helping to make this year’s air show possible.

2014 greater Binghamton Airshow Tentative Schedule:

FRIDAY NIGHT:
1800 Gates Open
1955 Opening Ceremony
2000 Warbird Flight
2015 Bill Gordon Stearman
2025 Kevin Russo SNJ-6
2040 Andrew McKenna P-51
2051 Raiders Aerobatic Team
2112 Golden Knights Streamer Drop
2115 Team AeroDynamix
2135 Manfred Radius Sailplane Pyro
2150 US Army Golden Knights Night Pyro Jump
2210 Fireworks
2230 Gates close, night event ends

SATURDAY SHOW
1000 Gates Open
1255 Opening Ceremony
1300 Army Golden Knights flag jump w/national anthem
1308 Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
1321 Warbird Flight
1357 Bill Gordon PT-17
1410 Manfred Radius Sailplane
1425 Kevin Russo SNJ-6
1450 Andrew McKenna P-51
1500 Raiders Aerobatic Team
1520 Team AeroDynamix
1600 Airshow Ends

SEE YOU AT THE AIRSHOW!!!

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Honoring our Nations Veterans at BGM

 

Written by Jennifer Lasher

Honor Flight is a national organization that flies our honored veterans to Washington DC to visit the memorials that stand in their honor. On April 12th, the first Twin Tiers Honor Flight, a chapter of the national organization, departed Greater Binghamton Airport with over 75 veterans and their guardians to Washington DC. The veterans aboard this flight represented World War II, the Korean War and one terminally ill veteran from the Vietnam War.

Although the day started out with foggy skies the veterans never lost their smiles and waited patiently while the fog lifted so they could head down to DC.

The veterans were welcomed in Washington DC by the Fire Company at Dulles Airport who showed their thanks by displaying flags from their fire trucks and showering the plane with water as they arrived at the gate. Inside the terminal the veterans were greeted by the Washington DC Honor Flight members, along with several active duty military families.

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They were shocked by the overwhelming gratitude they were shown as they exited the gate. But the welcoming did not stop there as the veterans were greeted by a local girl’s tennis team and employees of the airport. These veterans were thanked, hugged and treated like celebrities as strangers asked to have their pictures taken time and time again.

Once all the veterans were loaded onto the 3 busses that awaited them, they were off to see the sites. Their stops included: Photo by Jen Lasher

Arlington National Cemetery,

the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,

the United State Marine Corps War Memorial, Photo by Jen Lasher

the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials,

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and of course the World War II memorial.

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Throughout the day, the guardians on the trip assisted the veterans with wheelchair needs; beverage and food needs; took pictures of them and for them and listened to their stories. The bond between the veteran and guardians blossomed and you could see it come through as they shared so many memories and heartfelt moments together.

 

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When the day was completed, the veterans and their guardians boarded the plane to head back to Binghamton. When they arrived at Greater Binghamton Airport the Welcome Home Celebration that awaited them was more than any of them could have imagined. Bag Pipers, Honor Guards, American Legion Riders, Active Duty Soldiers, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and hundreds of community members made up the crowd waiting to welcome the veterans back.   Each veteran was announced by their guardian and loudly cheered for by the large crowd as they entered the hangar.

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The Greater Binghamton Airport was pleased to be able to take part in such an awesome movement to thank the veterans who have made this country what it is. They are often called the greatest generation and, after experiencing this day, we can see why. They fought for freedoms yet discovered and for people that they didn’t even know.

Photo by Jen Lasher

To see more of the photographs from the Twin Tier Honor Flight follow this link: Twin Tier Honor Flight Photos

Jennifer Lasher is a Broome County Department of Aviation employee, a professional photographer and also took part in the Honor Flight trip from Binghamton to Washington DC.