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Ford airport expects busy spring break

March 28, 2014
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by five passenger airlines with 120 daily non-stop flights to and from 23 major market destinations.Photo via fb.com

It’s spring break! As families get ready to head out to tropical paradises, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is encouraging travelers to review the Transportation Security Administration website.

Busiest time of year

Spring break is the busiest time of year for the airport and it’s expecting full parking lots and long security lines.

“In order to expedite the security screening process, passengers should carefully consider the contents of their checked luggage and carry-on bags,” airport officials said. “The TSA also recommends wearing shoes that are easy to remove, having ID and boarding passes ready to present at security checkpoints and ending all cell phone conversations prior to screening.”

“The spring break season is extremely busy at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and we strongly encourage those traveling — especially if you haven’t flown recently — to review TSA’s website,” said Brian Ryks, GFIA executive director. “Our TSA staff does a wonderful job, but the more prepared you are, the less distractions they will have in screening.”

Passenger Appreciation Days

The airport will offer a series of Passenger Appreciation Days during the spring break season. Bon-voyage celebrations will take place from Thursday, April 3, through Saturday, April 5, from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. each day in the airport’s Grand Hall.

The Passenger Appreciation Days events include free refreshments, food, giveaways, prize drawings, contests and more.

3-1-1 reminders

TSA also encourages passengers to utilize the 3-1-1 rule with liquids, gels and aerosols. Put all liquids in 3.4 ounce containers and place them in a clear, plastic one-quart zip-top bag.

Review the TSA 3-1-1 carry-on rules here.

Prohibited items

TSA also offers a “Can I Bring…?” tool from the My TSA iPhone and mobile app.

Type the name of the item in the box and receive information on whether it’s prohibited, as well as other information to speed up the security check-in process. Access to the tool also is available for mobile devices with web browsers.

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