Sunport Holiday Travel Advisory – November 11, 2017
In anticipation of the nation’s most heavily traveled holiday, the Albuquerque International Sunport has some tips to help travelers prepare for a safe and enjoyable holiday travel experience.
Airlines for America is forecasting that over 28 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday season (November 17 through November 28). The busiest travel days in ranked order are expected to be Sunday, November 26; Wednesday, November 22 and Friday, November 17.
“Proper planning can be the most important element to successful and stress-free holiday travel,” Aviation Director Jim Hinde said. “Travelers should allow adequate time to get to the airport, park, check luggage and complete the screening process. Once in the terminal, customers can enjoy a variety of dining and shopping options, along with free wifi.”
In addition to heightened security throughout the airport, Sunport and Transportation Security Administration officials offer the following tips to travelers for the upcoming holiday travel period:
- Arrive at the airport two hours prior to flight departure to allow ample time for parking and to complete the check-in and security screening process.
- The terminal parking garage and the economy and credit card lots are accessible from the arrival (lower) level. The economy lot generally fills up quickly and short term may reach its capacity.
- Only one carry-on bag and one personal item (such as a purse, briefcase, laptop or diaper bag) are permitted through screening. All other bags or personal items must be checked-in as regular baggage.
- Travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE quart-size clear plastic zip-top bag are permitted through the security checkpoint. Remember the 3 -1 -1 rule – travelers may bring containers that are 3oz in size or less, in one clear plastic quart-size zip top bag, and one bag per passenger. Remove this bag from carry-on luggage and place in a bin for screening.
- New procedures require all electronics larger than a cell phone be removed from carry-on bags and placed in bins for screening. These electronics should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below.
- Changes in acceptable identification resulting from the REAL ID Act take effect on January 22, 2018. A valid New Mexico driver’s license is acceptable to board an aircraft. More information on the REAL ID Act and a list of acceptable ID’s can be found at www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.
- For an expedited screening process, consider enrolling in the TSA Pre-check program. For details, visit www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.
- A designated family line is available to families, travelers with special needs or individuals who are unfamiliar with the screening process and require additional assistance.
- If you are traveling with gifts, do not wrap them as they are subject to search.
- Only ticketed passengers will be allowed beyond the security checkpoint.
- Curbside parking is for the immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. No unattended vehicles are permitted.
- Visitors can help avoid roadway congestion by utilizing the Sunport’s free cell phone waiting lot, accessible by taking the arrival level to Girard Boulevard, when picking up passengers.
- Check directly with airlines for updated flight information and confirm reservations 24 to 48 hours in advance.
For additional information, please visit the Sunport’s website at www.abqsunport.com
or call (505) 244-7700. For more travel tips and a complete list of items that are prohibited beyond the security checkpoint, please visit the TSA’s website at www.tsa.gov.