Changes will be made to security checkpoints at Pittsburgh International Airport starting in July. Here’s what travelers should know.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Thursday morning, the Transportation Security Administration and Pittsburgh International Airport announced changes for early morning travelers that will take effect next month.

As the airport experienced an influx of passengers at PIT early in the morning, the number of passengers also exceeded the capacity of the security checkpoints, especially between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The TSA said this was due to additional flights that were added to meet traveler demands.

Now, the TSA recommends that those who have booked early morning flights get to the airport at least 2-3 hours before their flight.

PreCheck Lane Changes

To meet demand, TSA announced that beginning July 8, between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, the alternate security checkpoint will be reserved for travelers enrolled in TSA PreCheck. The PreCheck lanes at the main checkpoint will also not be open during these hours.

They said the move would speed up the screening process while maximizing space and minimizing waiting times at both checkpoints.

This comes just days after the PIT issued a travel alert due to long security lines.

“We are aware that this busy summer season has resulted in longer than usual security lines across the country. We are working with TSA to streamline the security process at PIT as much as possible,” a spokesperson said from the airport in a press release. .

Signs will be posted inside the terminal informing travelers of the change and TSA PreCheck passengers will be redirected to the alternate checkpoint.

CLEAR passengers will still need to go to the main checkpoint.

Record passenger volume

The TSA said it has seen a “significant” increase in travel volume in recent months.

Last Saturday, the TSA screened nearly 3 million travelers nationwide, a record for the most people screened in a single day in the TSA’s 22-year history. The busiest 10 days in TSA history have occurred since May of this year.

They expect to screen more than 30 million passengers from June 27 to Monday, July 8, which would represent an increase of more than 5% from Independence Day 2023.

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