On Friday, June 11th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 2 million people at airport security checkpoints marking the highest number of screened individuals in one day since the start of the pandemic last year in early March. Prior to COVID, TSA screened on average 2 to 2.5 million travelers each day. And although travel volume is on the rise, U.S. air travel has yet to meet the travel volume as the same day in 2019; the June 11th milestone represents 74% of travel volume compared to June 11th, 2019.

So what does this mean for you as a traveler?

Due to an uptick in travel, TSA and airlines are seeing an increase in wait times for check in and screening. While everyone loves the ease of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI), it is recommended that travelers keep the following travel tips in mind when traveling:

  • Arrive two hours prior to boarding time
  • Utilize mobile boarding passes to limit touchpoints
  • Wear your mask (learn more about the Federal mask mandate here)
  • Maintain a healthy distance from others
  • Research your airline’s protocols for health and safety, and be prepared to follow airline guidelines
  • Ensure you are aware of the country’s requirements for entry and exiting concerning COVID testing when traveling internationally.

As a reminder, PTI has adopted guidelines, PTI PREPARED, in an effort to make the traveling experience better for passengers, visitors and employees. We are excited to welcome more travelers back to PTI. One of the airport’s primary missions is to ensure that passengers have the best experience possible when traveling through PTI, and we take this mission very seriously.

Also remember our garage, long- and short-term parking lots are now fully operational. Pricing for each is below:

  • Garage: $10 (per 24-hour period)
  • Long-term: $8 (per 24-hour period)
  • Short-term: Free, but limited to 2-hours only (all others will be towed)

Thank you for considering PTI as you make plans for travel during the coming months.  We are PTI PREPARED, and ready to welcome you and your family back to your local airport.  Remember – Fly Local, Fly Easy, and Fly from PTI!

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