Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM
Tuesday, Nov 20 at 6:50 AM
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Transportation Security Administration is reminding airline passengers to review new security measures before traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this week. 25,000 passengers are expected to travel through Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Wednesday.
“There's been a lot of changes since last Thanksgiving here in Charlotte,” said Mark Haught, TSA Federal Security Director.
Over the past year, the TSA relaxed its guidelines on searching children under 12 years of age, and the elderly. People in those groups aren’t expected to take off their shoes at security, and are less likely to be frisked. Instead, agents are implementing risk-based security measures.
“I thought it was gonna be a nightmare,” said Kara Tabler, traveling with her husband and two toddlers. But then added, “It seems little bit easier to go through with kids.”
TSA is also encouraging frequent flyers to use the “Pre-check” program, which allows passengers registered with the administration to go through an expedited screening process.
TSA says all five checkpoints will be open, and all 20 lanes of security will be operational. Agents also encourage passengers to use all five checkpoints, regardless of which gate their plane might be located.
“Any checkpoint you go through, you can get to your gate,” said Haught.