Piedmont Triad – The Piedmont Triad International Airport is prepared to welcome travelers during the coming weeks. “PTI staff and our many partners are prepared to offer a safe, secure, and efficient customer experience during the holiday travel period,” said Executive Director Kevin Baker.

It’s important that travelers plan ahead before arriving to PTI to ensure their holiday travel experience is enjoyable and stress-free. These travel tips will get passengers to their boarding gates faster:

Preparing for Your Trip:

  • Review CDC’s considerations for Travel During COVID-19 before you go to determine your personal risk.
  • Check for international travel advisories and destination-specific COVID-19 risk. Refer to individual state, territorial, tribal, and local government websites for domestic travel advisories and information about quarantine or other restrictions.
  • Pack Smart!Pack Safe! Know what is in your carry-on and checked bags and make sure there are no prohibited items inside before arriving at the checkpoint.
  • Leave holiday gifts unwrapped as they may need additional screening. Place medicine, jewelry, cameras and other valuable items in your carry-on baggage.
  • TSA is allowing one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags as a temporary exemption from the 3-1-1 rule. These will need to be placed in a bin during the screening process. Passengers may also bring hand wipes through checkpoints.
  • If you wish to bring food with you on your trip, follow this simple rule to ensure your food can travel with you: If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, pack it in a checked bag. For example, cranberry sauce, gravy and wine in quantities larger than 100 ml or 3.4 ounces should go in a checked bag. Cakes, pies and casseroles can travel in carry-on luggage.
  • Handle prohibited items properly. Remember that firearms, ammunition and knives are prohibited at the TSA For a complete list of permitted and prohibited items, visit www.tsa.gov.
  • TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans including individuals associated with a wounded warrior program may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.
  • Review airline policies regarding COVID-19 carefully. Remember, if you are sick, stay home and do not travel! Contact your airline regarding their re-booking and cancellation policies. See CDC’s website for when and how long to delay your travel.
  • Check in online in advance. TSA and PTI airlines accept mobile boarding passes, but having a printed pass can be helpful if a mobile device experiences power or connectivity issues.
  • If possible, pack a few extra masks in your carry-on luggage for yourself and those you are traveling with.

Day of Travel:

  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport, park and go through airline check-in and TSA screening process. Prepare for security screening during the holidays when there may be more travelers who are not as familiar with the rules and procedures for air travel and security. TSA screening procedures allow passengers 12 and under and 75 and older to leave their shoes on, and the adult group to leave on light jackets. TSA Pre-Check is offered at PTI.
  • Be patient if delays occur. Aviation professionals around the globe are working together to get travelers to their destinations safely and on time.
  • Bring and wear a mask throughout your travel experience. Remember to social distance (6 feet apart) wherever possible, both outdoors and indoors. There may be situations where you will not be allowed to board airport shuttles, trains, or buses due to the number of people onboard.
  • Practice good sanitation. Avoid touching your face, wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds, and always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Aboard the Aircraft:

  • Wear your mask aboard the aircraft, practice good sanitation, and maintain as much social distance as possible.
  • Airlines have been enhancing their cleaning and passenger health protection protocols due to COVID-19, however, you may wish to bring antibacterial disinfecting wipes to sanitize your seat, your tray table, arm rests and seat belt. It is also suggested you that you have antibacterial disinfecting wipes to wipe down surfaces in rest rooms.
  • Listen to airline staff and crew and pay special attention to boarding directions, safety briefings, and deplaning procedures.
  • There may be limited food and beverage service on your flight, so pack and plan accordingly.
  • Limit your movement when onboard the airplane whenever feasible.

Arrival at Your Destination

  • Once you arrive at your destination, continue wearing a mask at the airport. This includes on shuttle buses, trams and any time you are outside your own vehicle on airport grounds.
  • When retrieving your checked baggage or baggage from an overhead bin, only handle luggage that belongs to you.
  • Remember to social distance, remaining 6 feet apart, wherever possible, both outdoors and indoors. Avoid crowding onto airport shuttles, trains, or buses. Allow extra time to get to your connecting flight or final destination.
  • State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. Follow state, local, and territorial travel restrictions.
  • After traveling, monitor your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
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