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05-23-2016 - Airport Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Travel

Memorial Day weekend travel means a busier than usual airport. Reno-Tahoe International expects about 12,000 passengers each day of the holiday weekend, arriving and departing through the terminal.

To expedite busy travel, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will staff the Security Checkpoint starting at 4:00 a.m. and will have the Pre-Check line open for registered Pre-Check travelers. TSA has committed to keeping the Pre-Check lane open at RNO, all hours that the Security Checkpoint is open.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport has added eight new flights in the last 14 months, and the airlines are expected to be full or almost full this weekend. To be prepared, passengers should arrive early, at least 90 minutes prior to their scheduled departure, in order to allow time for airline check-in and TSA security lines.

For some travelers, bigger crowds can mean extra stress. But the airport’s Paws 4 Passengers therapy dogs will be on hand Friday and Monday of this weekend to help calm passenger fears and ease the holiday travel experience.

In addition, the travel tips below can help make the airport experience a pleasant one:

  • Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure, and at least two hours before international flights.
  • Call the airline or log on to their website prior to departure to check flight status. Remember that weather across the nation can impact flights.
  • Be an educated traveler and know the baggage fees: log on to your airline’s website to learn how much each bag may cost to check. All airlines at RTIA except Southwest charge between $20 and $25 for the first checked bag.
  • To save time, download airline boarding passes at home. If checking luggage, remember to allow enough time at the airport to check your bags.
  • At the security checkpoint, empty your pockets, remove your shoes and jewelry, and place them in the bins provided. Remember to retrieve all your items once through screening.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove coats, jackets and all outer wear; place them in the bin for screening.
  • But be sure to know the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on bags, available at www.tsa.gov. Liquids, gels and aerosols such as shampoo, lotion and perfume must be packed in a one quart plastic baggie. One baggie per customer.
  • For more details about what can and cannot be brought in your carry-on or checked bag, visit www.tsa.gov.
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