As summer travel begins, TSA says come early and be prepared

As summer travel begins, TSA says come early and be prepared
Come early, have your bag packed properly and expect that you might need to unpack some items at the security checkpoint, more so than last summer.That's the advice of Bart Johnson, who leads security for the Transportation Security Administration at airports across upstate, including at Albany International Airport.

Johnson said Monday during a press conference at Albany International that with the summer travel season arriving, air passenger traffic at the airport increases 10 percent, from 4,500 people a day to 5,000 people a day — all of whom must make their way through the TSA checkpoint.

That means the potential for longer lines and longer waits, although Johnson said Monday that TSA officers have been going through training for the summer season and the Albany checkpoints are fully staffed in preparation.