TSA rolls out new security procedures in upstate NY

Oct 10, 2017
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There will be a couple of differences for travelers flying out of upstate airports, including Syracuse’s Hancock International, and smaller regional airports. Travelers will have to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in a bin for X-ray screening. And a TSA officer will be assigned individual passengers going through the line to guide them through the process. That could make it a little longer to get through security with this new process.

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As the summer travel season revs up, the Transportation Security Administration asks travelers to do their part to keep things running smoothly. And that includes the travelers that board planes at Hancock International Airport.

According to Syracuse Regional Airport authority figures, July and August is the time of the year when the most flights arrive and depart at the airport. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says that means travelers must plan on a little extra time.

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Record numbers of travelers are expected to be flying this year according to the Transportation Security Administration, and TSA officials are using the Thanksgiving holiday to remind travelers how to make the best of a busy situation.

While next Wednesday is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year, Christina Callahan, Executive Director of Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, is expecting longer lines at the airport before then.

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As more people travel this summer, the Transportation Security Administration is continuing to step up its efforts to get people through security checkpoints quickly and safely. Although flying has been relatively smooth in upstate New York, the TSA has had to drastically change its operations nationwide.

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The executive director of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport told a congressional panel in Washington Thursday that the addition of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) PreCheck Enrollment System has been very successful in cutting down on security lines at the facility.

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As the holidays approach, many people who usually don’t fly are hopping on airplanes. The Transportation Security Administration has tools that will help travelers get through airport security as easily as possible.

One digital source of help, according to upstate New York TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, is a smartphone TSA app that will tell passengers what items need to be checked, and what items can be taken on board in a carry-on. She uses a common item that travelers are often confused about, to demonstrate the point.

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Hancock International Airport has become the first airport in upstate New York to have a TSA PreCheck application center on site. That means airline passengers can apply at the airport for the program that lets them glide through the TSA security checks more quickly, and without some of the hassles flyers have become used to. 

At the modern looking booth at the center of Hancock, central New Yorkers are already lining up to get the perk.

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Two firearms were caught at checkpoints in Syracuse's Hancock International Airport this year. The number of firearms being brought to airports across the country is rising and officials want travelers to know how to fly safely with them.


Transportation Security Administration officials say yes, you can travel with a firearm on a flight but no, you cannot bring it on the plane with you. Lisa Farbstein is a regional public affairs manager for the TSA and says a firearm needs to be declared and checked-in at the counter where you check your bags and get your ticket.

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Security officers at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse caught a man with a loaded gun trying to get on a plane on Sunday. Authorities with the Transportation Security Administration say the loaded pistol was discovered in a carry-on bag as it passed through an X-ray machine.

The traveler told authorities he forgot the .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun was in his bag. The passenger, a man from Manlius, was allowed to catch his flight and the handgun was returned to a family member.

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The PreCheck program at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse has exceeded expectations so far, and the Transportation Security Administration says it's expanding the expedited screening program.

"This makes flying fun again, it's just like the old days," says Darry Srago, a frequent flyer out of Hancock. He's happy with the PreCheck program because it makes getting through security easier.

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Syracuse's Hancock International Airport is one of the medium size airports that will offer the TSA's new PreCheck program, becoming one of 60 across the country that will be able to take advantage of the expedited screening.

The PreCheck initiative is a frequent traveler screening program that will make it easier for frequent fliers to get through the screening process. Syracuse Aviation Commissioner Christina Callahan says there should be demand in Central New York.