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

Holiday Travel Tip #2

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As the holiday approaches more and more people will be traveling to visit their loved ones.

These travelers who are less versed in the rules and regulations of air travel can slow the check-in process and delay security lines.

Everyone needs to be patient and allow themselves some extra time to get to their gates. 

It is recommended that EVERYONE check in at BGM one hour before their departure time.  During the week before the holidays it’s best to check in 1.5 hours before check since flights will be at max capacity and lines will be longer. 

Larger airport may set different rules for their check in so be sure to check with all the airports you will be checking in at during your travels.

 

~Travel Happy! Team BGM

Faster lines at BGM checkpoint.

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Going through the security checkpoint at the Greater Binghamton Airport just got easier! TSA Precheck is now available to over 30% of our passengers daily. 

Since the start of the TSA Precheck , BGM has seen record numbers of passengers qualifying for the Precheck option. Currently this option at BGM means that the traveler does not have to remove their shoes or light jackets. It is still required to have your liquids checked and laptop removed from your bags, but the shoes can stay on!!!

It is reported that due to the high number of frequent flyers that travel through BGM we are seeing numbers as high as 50% qualifying for Precheck on some days.

What does this mean for those traveling through BGM? This means the lines at the TSA checkpoint will move faster and allow you time to relax before your flight.

We  suggest that you do not remove your coat or shoes until you get up to the TSA agent. Once they scan your boarding pass they will inform you if you need to do so.  Currently the US Airways boarding passes will indicate if you qualify for the Precheck and you should know when you leave the ticket counter if you have to remove your shoes or coats. You can always ask your US Airways ticket agent if you qualify before you leave their counter.

We hope that Delta and United will soon be able to display this option on their boarding passes but for now you need to wait until the TSA agent scans your ticket and verifies if you qualified for the Precheck.

This is great news for those traveling through BGM. If you want to register for the Precheck program you can check out the options at TSA.gov