Long Island MacArthur Airport Prepares for Holiday Rush

December 21st, 2017 – Long Island MacArthur Airport officials together with Transportation Security Administration officers around the country, are gearing up for the busy holiday travel season. Between December 15 and January 2, an additional 100,000 to 400,000 travelers will be screened at TSA checkpoints, including those traveling from Long Island MacArthur Airport. To properly handle the influx of individuals flying nationally, an additional 1,400 officers and 55 canine units will be deployed at the Nation’s busiest airports. TSA officials and Long Island MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose Arken are reminding travelers to arrive with ample time to pass through TSA check points during the holiday rush.

“The holidays are a time to be with friends and family we hold dear. TSA officials are asking passengers to arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours for international travel, to ensure ample time for proper screening and check-in,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

According to Shelley LaRose Arken, Commissioner, Long Island MacArthur Airport, an extra 500 people per day will visit the airport over the holiday season. “This number is not unusually high, because ISP flights are generally high all year. We operate at 85-90% load factors. Nonetheless, we are encouraging the traveling public to arrive early,” she said.

TSA officers are working hard to increase the security of passengers and expedite the security process. New screening practices for carry-on bags are being implemented for non-TSA Pre✓® lanes in all 440 airports nationwide. So far, 200 airports feature the new bag check which requires passengers to remove all personal electronics larger than cell phones from their carry-on bags and place them into bins. This procedure allows TSA officers to gain a clear x-ray image of these items—cameras, laptops, tablets. Standard practices such as removal of shoes, belts and liquids from carry-ons are still implemented.

For more information of the TSA guidelines to insure safe and timely traveling for this holiday season visit www.tsa.gov/blog.