COLONIE — You might want to arrive at the airport earlier than usual this summer.
The Transportation Security Administration on Monday said it’s expecting 263 million passengers and crew members to pass through checkpoints between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend this summer.
Passengers leaving from Albany International Airport should arrive at their checkpoint two hours before their scheduled flight, according to TSA. Just last summer, TSA officers screened 490,989 people in Albany from the Thursday before Memorial Day to the Tuesday after Labor Day.
It ranked 84 out of 427 total airports for its number of screened passengers.
And this summer, TSA expects to screen 10 million more total passengers and crew members than last summer. It even set the record for the highest number of people screened in a single day on May 24, when it screened nearly 2.8 million passengers and crew.
TSA says other record-breaking days are soon to come.
“Travelers are urged to be prepared for the screening process and listen to the guidance that the TSA officers are providing at the checkpoint,” said TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart Johnson. “TSA officers will be very focused on the security of travelers and in doing so, they will offer helpful guidance to passengers as they proceed through the screening process.”
TSA also recommends passengers consider obtaining a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, which is marked with a star in the card’s upper portion. Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years old and older will need an acceptable form of ID, like an enhanced driver’s license, to fly within the United States.
“From our perspective at TSA, REAL ID gives us another important tool in our security tool box,” Johnson said. “It improves the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents and most importantly prevents and deters terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.”