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

More to BGM: Sometimes lives depend on us.

It was late in December 2013, to say the weather for flying was poor would be an understatement. Moderate to heavy snow was with us most of the evening and into the night, and dense fog also set in. 

Mid afternoon, the Airport Operations Specialist (Ops Spec) on duty received a call from Broome County Communications (911 Dispatch), notifying the airport of three inbound medivac flights. Each aircraft had a special medical team that was to go to Wilson Hospital. An organ donor had passed away, and these teams were coming here to transport the donated organs to hospitals in various cities for transplant. 

The airport’s Fixed Based Operator / General Avaition Service provider, First Air, had a staff of two to handle the aircraft. A fourth jet arrived in advance, and was placed in the hangar so they were not delayed by having to deice upon departure. The Ops Spec notified BGM’s maintenance staff of this critical operation, and stated which runway and taxiways needed to be kept clear. Without further instruction or supervision, the maintenance staff worked diligently to keep all of these surfaces as clear and safe as possible, and relayed the field conditions to the Ops Spec who relayed them the air traffic controllers.  

Each additional jet arrived late afternoon minutes apart, and the Sheriff’s department as well as two Superior Ambulances transported the medical crews and their equipment to the hospital. First Air staff fueled and put each jet in the hangar, and the Ops Spec supervised the operation to assure the safety of the large medical staff and aircraft, and so the emergency vehicles could depart without delay.  

A communication network was established between the hospital, the pilots, First Air, and the Ops Spec. This assured that as each team, with their organ enroute to the airport, could have the appropriate aircraft pulled out of the hangar and ready to depart. As each aircraft taxied off the apron for take-off, visibility was so poor that the Ops Spec had to escort each aircraft individually to the runway, avoiding the busy and difficult to see snow removal equipment. All four aircraft departed by 10:40PM quickly and safely and arrived at their destinations to give the organ recipients a chance to live, all thanks to the dedicated service of all the above mentioned personnel.

Written by John Radice   Airport Operations Specialist/BGM

Hangar Talk – A BGM area pilot social event

This coming Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00am the Greater Binghamton Airport will host another FREE HANGAR TALK event in the Chamberlin Room located in Hangar 2.

Hangar Talk is an opportunity for all pilots what use the BGM facility to get together to “Talk Shop.”  Nate Quinn, Broome County Airport Operations Specialist will be available to discuss current airport issues and to address local pilot’s questions and concerns regarding your airport.

A local Air Traffic Controller will also be presenting some important information regarding aviation safety.

This even will also feature a tour of the NEW T-HANGAR buildings at BGM.

Also you will get:

  • A light meal will be provided (you must RSVP to get the meal)
  • Ramp & Landing Fees will be waived for fly-in aircraft and attendees
  • Fuel discounts of .50 off per gallon for those attending.

Dont miss out on this FREE event if you are a pilot that uses BGM now or is a pilot considering using BGM in the future.

RSVP by Nov. 20th to:

Nathan Quinn

607-763-4471 ext 204 or at Nquinn@co.broome.ny.us