Busy travel ahead for Memorial Day Weekend at Reno airport

Published: May. 23, 2019 at 1:53 PM PDT
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is urging passengers to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure time due to high travel volume expected for the Memorial Day weekend. With an increase of more than 800 passengers each day through Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and five additional daily flights over last summer, officials say getting to the airport early will help ensure you have a less stressful travel experience.

"We have a new problem on our hands; we've added so many flights in addition to what we had last year that the 20-minute dash is over," Brian Kulpin of the Reno Tahoe International Airport says.

More than 13,000 passengers will be arriving and departing each day this holiday weekend, and this summer, those numbers are expected rise to about 16,000. Peak travel days are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Passengers are encouraged to arrive early, at least 90 minutes prior to their scheduled departure, to allow time for parking, airline check-in and TSA security lines.

"We've added so many seats that it's really going to make security extremely busy in those first few hours of the morning, really, 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and more than 2,000 people trying to get through in those first two hours, so 90 minutes before your flight is really important," Kulpin says.

The increase in passenger travel is also affecting parking. Some of the airport’s parking areas will be at or near capacity. Airport staff will open or close overflow parking areas depending on vehicle parking demand.

Below are additional travel tips:

- Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure, or two hours before international flights.

- Call the airline or visit their website prior to departure to check flight status. Weather across the nation can impact flights at RNO.

- At the security checkpoint, empty your pockets, remove your shoes and jewelry, and place them in the bins provided. TSA requires removing personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone (e.g. laptops, tablets and handheld game consoles) from your carry-on. Place these items in a bin with nothing on or under them for X-ray screening. Remember to retrieve all your items once through screening.

- Know the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on bags, liquids, gels and aerosols. These items must be packed in a one quart plastic baggie, one baggie per customer, placed in its own bin.

- Food brought through security usually requires extra screening.

- To save time, download boarding passes at home. If checking luggage, remember to allow enough time at the airport to check your bags. For specific luggage check-in cut-off times, please visit your airline’s website.

Copyright KOLO-TV 2019

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