Peak summer travel means increased airport security
SALT LAKE CITY With summer air travel season expected to peak in the coming weeks, security at the state’s largest airport is ramping up to meet the safety demand. The Transportation Security Administration and authorities at Salt Lake City International Airport are gearing up to provide enhanced security, particularly during the peak summer travel season. The TSA projects the number of passengers traveling from Salt Lake City will jump by about 12 percent over this same period last year, and agents at the airport are expected to screen an average of 25,000 people per day, with the busiest period starting in mid-July and continuing through August, explained Lorie Dankers, TSA public affairs manager for Utah.
The busiest days travel days are expected to be Sundays and Mondays, along with Thursdays and Fridays, with peak times at the security checkpoint projected to be from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., she said. Passengers are advised to plan ahead to limit the impact of the peak travel periods.
“We do recommend during peak travel times that passengers arrive two hours early to allow time to check baggage and check in, come through security and get to your gate,” Dankers said during a news conference Tuesday at Salt Lake City International Airport. “With a 12 percent increase, you will find that every step of the process will take you a little more time.”
Peak travel months nationally will be June and July, including the Fourth of July weekend. During the busiest days of the summer, the TSA will screen more than 2.5 million passengers per day, she noted. Among the more pronounced safety measures being implemented at airports across the country will be added canine security officers, including several in Salt Lake City.
“These canines are specially trained to detect explosives and explosive components,” Dankers explained. “They are also trained to detect explosive components that are mobile and trained to pinpoint the source of that odor.”
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