Central New York

TSA comes to Hancock international amid summer travel

By Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Wednesday morning, TSA officials came to the Syracuse Airport to remind people what to pack in their carry-ons and checked bags to prepare for the summer travel months.

Officials say that the busiest summer travel times are the days leading up to the fourth of July and the days leading up to Labor Day.

Bart Johnson, Federal Security Director, said that it’s important to know about the terror threat worldwide.

“Be aware of the threat that we’re living in, be aware that the bad guys are out there trying to do us harm,” he said.

Some items that were highlighted were

  • wine bottle openers
  • toiletries
  • water bottles
  • squirt guns
  • razors
  • alcoholic miniatures
  • sparklers or fireworks
  • knives

Of the above items, toiletries and alcoholic miniatures can go in your carry-on as long as they are less than 3.4 ounces along with razors. Wine bottle openers, water bottles, squirt guns and knives can go in a checked bag and sparklers or fireworks should be left at home because they are explosives.



Syracuse Airport Executive Director, Christina Callahan, said that the TSA officers aren’t trying to make travelers lives difficult and to thank them every chance we get.

“They are responsible of the safety of millions of passengers traveling throughout the country and the world,” she said.

Johnson said that everything they do at TSA, is for a calculated reason.

“You need to take your shoes off because of Richard Reed,” he said. “So we have a reason behind everything that we do.”

They recommend that if you’re traveling out of the Syracuse Airport to get there 90 minutes before your flight to ensure you have enough time to get through security and to your gate.

For any questions regarding what to pack you can Tweet the TSA at @AskTSA, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/AskTSA or tsa.gov.