Albany Airport expecting record-breaking holiday rush

WNYT Staff
Created: November 18, 2019 05:21 PM

If you're flying the friendly skies Thanksgiving week, you're going to want to give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport. TSA officials say they expect record-breaking numbers this year -- probably four percent more than last year, which was the busiest yet.

The best advice for everyone on the move is to follow the two-hour rule. Get to the airport two hours ahead of your departure time. That should give you enough time to park, check in, and get through security.


The Albany International Airport expects between 10,000 and 11,000 passengers to pass through for Thanksgiving travel.

The Thanksgiving travel period is defined as Sunday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 1.

Peak times for TSA lines are very early in the morning. They'll spike again mid-day and late afternoon. A typical wait in a TSA line in Albany runs about 15 minutes.

Longer lines could bump that time up. So airport officials want you to come prepared and help them out by making sure you have thoroughly checked your bags before leaving home to make sure you don't have any forbidden items that could slow everything down.

"Some of the things that are left in the bags are oversized liquids, water bottles, things that are larger than three ounces, suntan lotion, aerosols, gels, things of that nature," said Bart Johnson of the TSA. "And unfortunately we still come across knives. We come across billets. Every once in a while brass knuckles and unfortunately even a handgun. So please be very careful what you pack and how you pack."

Something else to keep in mind -- the new parking garage at the airport is not open yet. That shouldn't happen until sometime in the spring. So airport officials do expect their long-term lots to fill up.

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