ROANOKE, VA. (WFXR) — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials held a press conference on Tuesday morning to discuss summer travel tips at Roanoke-Blacksburg (ROA) and Lynchburg Regional (LYH) airports.

“The recovery from the low travel volumes during the early days of the pandemic may require more patience and planning than was necessary before the pandemic, which includes the importance of arriving at the terminal well before a flight,” said Robin “Chuck” Burke, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport.

Officials say the summer travel season is here and airports are seeing more crowds as passengers take their vacations. During the press conference officials will discuss checkpoint protocols and common mistakes travelers make such as forgetting to check their carry-on bags for prohibited items inside.

A few of the many oversized liquids, gels, and aerosols that have been removed from carry-on bags during one day at Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport. TSA officers give travelers the choice to re-pack them in a checked bag, return the item to their car, hand them off to a non-traveling companion or voluntarily surrender them to TSA for disposal. (TSA photo)

“We ask travelers do to their part by ensuring that they do not have any prohibited items with them at the checkpoint,” Burke said. “Our TSA officers are seeing a lot of oversized liquids, gels, and aerosols at the security checkpoint, which results in more bag checks that can slow checkpoint lines.”

TSA officials say that travelers can carry liquids, gels, and aerosols as long as they are 3.4 ounces or less. According to TSA, if you have larger containers you can transport those in checked bags.

Officials released the following tips for summer travelers:

  • Arrive early because the TSA says that this summer could be one of the busiest on record
  • Make sure to remove items such as wallets, keys, lip balm, tissues, and cell phones and place them into carry-on bags instead of in the bins
  • Enroll in TSA PreCheck
  • Know what can or cannot go in a carry-on bag
  • Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline at 855-787-2227
  • Travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant ID

You can watch the conference in the player above.