Austin airport travel tips for spring, summer 2022


Congressman Lloyd Doggett says the TSA at Austin’s airport is “thoroughly unprepared” for an expected surge in summer travelers.

AUSTIN, Texas — Officials at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) are urging fliers to arrive 2.5 hours before boarding domestic flights, ahead of what could be the busiest summer ever for air travel in the Capital City.

Previously, airport officials only asked domestic travelers to arrive two hours before boarding. 

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend travel period, the airport is anticipating a daily record could be broken. The current record is 35,298, set on Oct. 25, 2021.

AUS continues to see high-volume travel days, which are days with 26,000 to 30,000 passengers. In seeing the continued growth of passenger numbers, AUS expects to see a record-breaking 20 million passengers in 2022. 

The large crowds are contributing to long lines that sometimes spill outside of the terminal and onto the curb. 

In response to the long lines that are resulting in some missing their flights at Austin’s airport, Congressman Lloyd Doggett on Wednesday again urged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator to increase staffing and have contingency plans for when screening officers call out, before the expected summer travel surge. But according to airport officials, data trends show the summer travel uptick may already be hitting.

“The situation in the Austin airport – both with new, incredibly long arrival recommendations, and with the continual delays of passenger screening until lines run out of the airport – is untenable and unacceptable,” Doggett said. “I plan to continue my ongoing work in urging the TSA to resolve it and staff our growing airport for our growing city appropriately.”

The letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske was a second renewed request from Doggett to bring help to the airport TSA lines. He noted that he’s worried about people dealing with heat stroke while waiting on the airport curb in overflowing lines.

“There are specific things that can be done now to alleviate the surge that we will see throughout the summer months so that we don’t have people suffering from heat stroke because they’ve been standing outside the airport so long just trying to get into their flight,” Doggett said in an interview with KVUE. “I know how frustrating and upsetting it can be when people miss a flight simply because there were not enough people there to get them through security. And I want to put a stop to that and see that everybody can move through that airport as expeditiously as possible.”

The TSA released the following statement as a response:

“Staffing is a challenge, much like it is across the country. It is harder to staff than 2019. We are below where we want to be, but we are deploying National Deployment Officers to AUS airport who will be assigned for the duration of the summer, we will deploy additional canine teams who will also be deployed for the duration of summer travel season, we have implemented retention incentives, moving some part-time officers to full-time, chipping away at overtime, and the president’s budget includes improved compensation for our workforce – which, if passed, will have a great impact on the workforce. While we are preparing for 2019 volumes, volumes are projected to be below that (due to international).

“We are continuing our efforts to recruit and retain a workforce that is able to meet increasing demands of passenger travel volume and maintain security effectiveness. We monitor wait times at every airport and work with our airport and airline partners to anticipate higher traffic patterns.

“Throughout the summer, TSA is deploying its advance checkpoint technology. This technology provides more advanced threat detection capability and is better in terms of security effectiveness, but while being installed, it could cause passengers to wait a bit longer in queue to be screened. Please account for this in your departure time, and again, give yourself plenty of time.

“We design our system to meet performance requirements with throughput. We have standards for wait times – 30 minutes for standard, 10 minutes for PreCheck, and in general, we meet that. Our priority is to make sure screening is conducted in a way that is best for safety and security. We are staffed up and ready to go and we’ve done everything we can there, and we will also adjust to spikes in volume through the use of our National Deployment Force as needed. As far as the NDO, we do not send them reactively – we look at the data ahead of time to see if/when we need to deploy.”

On Tuesday, May 17, TSA said its officers screened more than 2 million people. That marks the first time in 2022 that the TSA screened more than two million people on a Tuesday, according to the TSA.

The last time a Tuesday saw that many people hit the skies was Thanksgiving 2021.

Officials shared travel tips to help passengers work their way through the airport.

Passenger travel

The airport recommended that travelers using general TSA screening should arrive at least 2.5 hours before their boarding time for domestic flights. Travelers flying internationally should check in at their airline ticket counter at least three hours before boarding.  

Travelers checking luggage, traveling with small children or in a large group, and those flying out of the airport for the first time should give themselves extra time in addition to the 2.5 and 3-hour recommendations to make it to their gate on time.

Parking and passenger drop-off

The airport encourages drivers and passengers to “switch,” using whichever level has the least congestion for drop-off for departures. The airport said passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security using escalators and elevators from the lower arrivals level. If the lower level is congested, arriving passengers can use escalators and elevators to be picked up on the upper level.

Travelers looking to park onsite can visit the airport parking website to reserve a parking space and check for real-time parking availability before arriving at the airport.

For arriving passengers getting picked up by rideshares, a tram service is available on the first floor of the Red garage to take passengers from the terminal to the rideshare pick-up area on the ground floor underneath the rental car facility.

Flight check-in

Travelers without checked luggage can skip the airline ticket counters and head to security screening checkpoints using these options: 

  • Using the lower curbside and upper curbside for drop-off. From the lower level, passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security via escalators and elevators.
  • Self-service flight check-in kiosks that allow travelers to print their boarding passes and bag tags are available inside the terminal, across from the airline ticket counters.
  • In addition to traditional check-in procedures, select airlines offer outside curbside check-in
  • Checking in for flights using airlines’ mobile app and a mobile boarding pass

TSA screening and packing

Staffing at security screening checkpoints is the responsibility of the TSA, the airport said. Checkpoints open at 3:30 a.m. with TSA PreCheck and Clear screening available at Checkpoints 1 and 2 West. 

A new security checkpoint near Southwest ticketing, Checkpoint 2 East, will be open during peak travel periods for all passengers going through general screening. All checkpoints lead to all gates and airlines in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

See what can and cannot be brought through TSA security here.

Health and safety

The TSA no longer requires people to wear masks at airports, including AUS, as of April 18, 2022.

Allegiant and Frontier travelers

Travelers flying with Allegiant and Frontier will depart from the South Terminal. All other airlines operate out of the main Barbara Jordan Terminal. 

The two terminals are not connected and must be accessed separately. The South Terminal is located at 10000 Logistics Lane, near US 183 and Burleson Road. If dropped off at the Barbara Jordan Terminal, passengers can use a shuttle bus, which picks up from the curb-side departure level, to get to the South Terminal.

To see AUS frequently asked questions, visit the airport website here.

Bryce Newberry on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

KVUE on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Austin drops out of top 10 on U.S. News’ list of best places to live

Williamson County commissioners approve increase in homestead property tax exemptions

At 70, a North Texas man used a DNA test to learn who his dad was. Instead, he found a whole family waiting for him





Source link

Austin airport travel tips for Spring, Summer 2022


More travelers are hitting the skies and that could mean longer wait times at the airport. Here are some tips that could help you out.

AUSTIN, Texas — With the weather warming up, officials at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) are expecting more travelers to pass through the airport. 

Just a day ago, on May 17, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said its officers screened more than two million people. That marks the first time in 2022 the TSA screened more than two million people on a Tuesday, per the TSA. 

The last time a Tuesday saw that many people hit the skies was in Thanksgiving 2021. 

In Austin, airport officials report that AUS continues to see high-volume travel days, which are days with 26,000 to 30,000 passengers. In seeing the continued growth of passenger numbers, AUS expects to see a record-breaking 20 million passengers in 2022. 

Officials shared travel tips to help passengers work their way through the airport.

Passenger travel

The airport recommended that travelers only bringing carry-on luggage arrive at least 2.5 hours before their boarding time for domestic flights and three hours before their boarding time for international flights. 

Travelers checking luggage, traveling with small children or in a large group, and those flying out of the airport for the first time in a while should give themselves extra time in addition to the 2- and 3-hour recommendation to make it to their gate on time.

Parking and passenger drop-off

The airport encourages drivers and passengers to “switch,” using whichever level has the least congestion for drop-off for departures. The airport said passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security using escalators and elevators from the lower arrivals level. If the lower level is congested, arriving passengers can use escalators and elevators to be picked up on the upper level.

Travelers looking to park onsite can visit the airport parking website to reserve a parking space and check for real-time parking availability before arriving at the airport.

For arriving passengers getting picked up by rideshares, a tram service is available on the first floor of the Red garage to take passengers from the terminal to the rideshare pick-up area on the ground floor underneath the rental car facility.

Flight check-in

Travelers without checked luggage can skip the airline ticket counters and head to security screening checkpoints using these options: 

  • Using the lower curbside and upper curbside for drop-off. From the lower level, passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security via escalators and elevators.
  • Self-service flight check-in kiosks that allow travelers to print their boarding passes and bag tags are available inside the terminal, across from the airline ticket counters.
  • In addition to traditional check-in procedures, select airlines offer outside curbside check-in
  • Checking in for flights using airlines’ mobile app and a mobile boarding pass

TSA screening and packing

Staffing at security screening checkpoints is the responsibility of the TSA, the airport said. Checkpoints open at 3:30 a.m. with TSA PreCheck and Clear screening available at Checkpoints 1 and 2 West. 

A new security checkpoint near Southwest ticketing, Checkpoint 2 East, will be open during peak travel periods for all passengers going through general screening. All checkpoints lead to all gates and airlines in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

See what can and cannot be brought through TSA security here.

Health and safety

The TSA no longer requires people to wear masks at airports, including AUS, as of April 18, 2022.

Allegiant and Frontier travelers

Travelers flying with Allegiant and Frontier will depart from the South Terminal. All other airlines operate out of the main Barbara Jordan Terminal. 

The two terminals are not connected and must be accessed separately. The South Terminal is located at 10000 Logistics Lane, near US 183 and Burleson Road. If dropped off at the Barbara Jordan Terminal, passengers can use a shuttle bus, which picks up from the curb-side departure level, to get to the South Terminal.

To see AUS frequently asked questions, visit the airport website here.

KVUE on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Austin drops out of top 10 on U.S. News’ list of best places to live

Williamson County commissioners approve increase in homestead property tax exemptions

At 70, a North Texas man used a DNA test to learn who his dad was. Instead, he found a whole family waiting for him





Source link

Big Spring Police looking for man accused of making threats at local radio station


Big Spring, Texas (KOSA) -Big Spring Police are looking for identifying a man accused of making terroristic threats at a local radio station.

On April 28, 2022, at approximately 2:41 p.m., officers with the Big Spring Police Department responded to KBST Radio Station located in the 600 block of Johnson in about a terroristic threat. Upon arrival, officers learned that an unknown white male wearing a white shirt and black shorts entered the building and spoke with the front desk clerk. The unknown male began to make death threats toward the employee and anyone inside the building before exiting the building and leaving in an unknown direction of travel.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) involved in this case. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Do not leave your tip on Facebook messenger. Use the “submit a tip” icon on our page.

Do not lose your tip number, you will need it to claim your reward

You can also call the TIPS line at 432-263-8477 (TIPS) you will remain anonymous and no caller ID is ever used. Or, use the p3tips.com software; you can submit your tip online and it is also completely anonymous.

Please reference case # 2-22-01334 in your tip.

Web Tip Link:

Https://www.p3tips.com/1277

Copyright 2022 KOSA. All rights reserved.



Source link

Hoyer: Recent spike in COVID cases due to Easter, spring break travel | State Journal News




Source link

Spring Storm Delivers Snow to Northern California Mountains | California News


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Spring has sprung in much of California, but winter is hanging on in parts of the Sierra Nevada, where snow fell Sunday and forecasters warned of hazardous travel conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 11 p.m., predicting up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow in mountains above 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) near Lake Tahoe.

“Snow has started over the Sierra!” the weather service’s Sacramento office tweeted around midday. “If you have mountain travel plans be prepared for winter driving conditions, gusty winds, and low visibility at times.”

Chains were recommended for vehicles on Northern California mountain routes, including Interstate 80 and State Route 50.

Light rain fell across the San Francisco Bay Area, where overnight temperatures could drop into the low 40s (about 5 Celsius).

Political Cartoons

Despite the spring snow, California remains locked in drought after historically dry winter months. The Sierra snowpack, a key part of the state’s water supply, was just 38% of average on April 1, when it is normally at its peak.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



Source link

Spring storm makes travel treacherous | Local News


GRANTSVILLE — A spring storm packing a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain created hazardous travel Monday, forcing dozens of accidents and temporarily closing sections of several area roadways as first-responders waited for plow trucks to clear and treat them.

Many of the initial accidents occurred Monday morning on Interstate 68’s west lanes between Finzel and Grantsville, but roads in about every local county were eventually affected by fast-deteriorating conditions.

“For everyone calling about the roads. Please, if you do not need to travel stay in. Mount Storm is a mess. There are multiple cars and tractor and trailers stuck,” the Grant County, West Virginia, Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post around noon.

About 4:45 p.m., a tractor-trailer traveling east on the interstate reportedly hauling forklifts rolled on its side near the Finzel weigh station. The truck was on the should of the highway, and no lanes were blocked.

In addition to Interstate 68, difficult travel was reported in Allegany County on U.S. Route 40 near Frostburg, state Route 36, West Virginia Route 46 near Fountain and U.S. Route 50 in Hampshire County, among others.

Both Garrett and Allegany counties activated snow emergency plans — at 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively — meaning snow tires or chains are required on vehicles and parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes.

The heaviest snow fell in western Allegany, western Mineral and eastern Garrett counties, according to the National Weather Service.

By late afternoon, 4 inches had fallen in Cumberland, 6 in Frostburg and 2 in Grantsville, said Chad Merrill, prognosticator for the Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and a Cumberland native.

“This storm will surpass the previous most snowy April for Cumberland, which was in 1985 when 2.0 inches accumulated,” Merrill said by email Monday afternoon.

Cumberland averages about a tenth of an inch of snow in April and Garrett County 3 inches.

“Nor’easters such as this one are not uncommon in April, but it is uncommon for this much cold air to get pulled into the system for snow to accumulate as much as it did with this storm,” Merrill said by email Monday afternoon.

Merrill said gusty winds will over spread the region Tuesday, with peak gusts at 40 mph. Lake-effect snow showers could add another 2-3 inches of snow in Garrett county Monday night and Tuesday, he said.

“Roads will be slippery tonight for sure but melting will quickly commence Tuesday east of Route 36 where more peaks of sunshine are expected,” he said. Roads will dry out east of Route 36 on Tuesday. Once again Tuesday night, roads will become slippery in Garrett County as road temperatures drop below freezing.”

The storm also downed trees on the city’s West Side and on alternate state Route 28 in Ridgeley, West Virginia.

With the cold snap, Merrill cautioned about covering planted flowers, as temperatures will drop under 32 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before rebounding Thursday, when a high of 70 is forecast.





Source link

Family travel: Spring into Victoria with the kids and grandparents


Article content

The grandparent-child relationship is unique and incredibly special. Living in a province away from my in-laws has been difficult during the pandemic, even with a backyard social distancing visit last summer. So, over spring break, we did our best to make up for all that was lost by vacationing together in Victoria to celebrate Grandpa’s 80th birthday, although the man looks and acts at least a decade — or two — younger.

Advertisement 2

Article content

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a cultural wonderland with a temperate coastal climate that allows for year-round outdoor exploration and fun-filled activities sure to please the kids, parents and grandparents. After three days of seeing the sights — on and off the water — the City of Gardens has earned our family’s vote for a top urban playground in Canada. From bugs, boats and baby goats to princess teas and horse-drawn carriage rides, Victoria’s adventures are infinite.

Brooklyn, the writer’s daughter, and her grandpa touring the Royal BC Museum’s Ice Age exhibit. Photo, Curt Woodhall
Brooklyn, the writer’s daughter, and her grandpa touring the Royal BC Museum’s Ice Age exhibit. Photo, Curt Woodhall jpg

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum, one of Victoria’s most beloved attractions, is undergoing a colossal modernization project, resulting in a temporary closure of the Human History gallery. While it was disappointing to miss the towering poles in Totem Hall and cobblestone streets of turn-of-the-century Victoria, my 10-year old daughter Brooklyn and her grandpa made the most of the museum’s mammoth experience. We spent about 90 minutes touring the eerily lifelike displays showcasing B.C.’s coastal forests, seashores and Fraser River Delta, and the show-stopping Ice Age exhibit’s towering woolly beast. Luckily for us, the Royal BC Museum has adjusted its pricing to account for the closure. At just $5 per person, it’s a super affordable outing to enjoy with grandparents and extended family.

Advertisement 3

Article content

Victoria Bug Zoo

Upon entering the Victoria Bug Zoo, I tiptoed up to the first exhibit of elegant stick insects camouflaged by foliage, determined to quash my fears. Unfortunately, sighting a neighbouring tarantula was simply too much for my acute arachnophobia to handle. Thus, I sat at the entrance while my family gawked over the creepy-crawly residents. It’s no surprise that kids love this place. The staff are highly knowledgeable and passionate about the zoo’s 40-plus species of insects, including everything from tropical bugs and praying mantises to glow-in-the-dark scorpions. Adventurous visitors can even hold some of the friendlier creatures – more power to them.

Afternoon tea collection at the Fairmont Empress. Photo, Curt Woodhall
Afternoon tea collection at the Fairmont Empress. Photo, Curt Woodhall jpg

Princess Tea

After school, tea time with my parents has become a treasured tradition for Brooklyn. Embracing her love for afternoon tea, we booked Tea at the Empress, a time-honoured ritual for 114 years counting. The glamorous Princess Tea experience includes a tiara (or prince’s crown for boys), a pot of fruit-infused herbal tea and a tiered tray of temptations.

Advertisement 4

Article content

While we enjoyed the traditional menu, Brooklyn indulged in a pint-sized picnic featuring: organic peanut butter and jelly finger sandwiches, a flakey mini raisin scone with clotted cream and house-made strawberry jam; and a decadent array of desserts.

Brooklyn & Maggie getting ready for Tally-Ho’s horse-drawn carriage tour. Photo, Curt Woodhall
Brooklyn & Maggie getting ready for Tally-Ho’s horse-drawn carriage tour. Photo, Curt Woodhall jpg

Horse-drawn carriage ride

Building on our royal tea afternoon, we surprised Brooklyn and her grandparents with a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Victoria. We met our guide, and sweet-natured work-horse Maggie, across the street from the Parliament Buildings. After introductions, we quickly set off, Maggie ever-eager for her day’s final tour. Over about 45 minutes, we clipped and clopped along Victoria’s blooming tree-lined streets, marvelling at the beautifully restored heritage homes and equally exquisite gardens. The tour loops through Beacon Hill Park, one of the city’s crown jewels, past the petting zoo’s peacocks and baby goats, then alongside Dallas Road’s sweeping waterfront scenes on the way back.

Advertisement 5

Article content

The newly refurbished Knowledge Pole at the BC Parliament Buildings. Photo, Curt Woodhall
The newly refurbished Knowledge Pole at the BC Parliament Buildings. Photo, Curt Woodhall jpg

Victoria Harbour Ferry Tour

Another family-friendly, all-ages adventure is the Victoria Harbour Ferry’s 45-minute tour that departs from the Empress Dock. The guiding narrative includes fascinating facts about the area’s history and landmark sights. Dress warmly and pack activities for the kids to ensure all parties are aptly entertained. While my in-laws, husband and I listened intently to wild stories about the Parliament Buildings’ notorious architect, Brooklyn watched for inner harbour wildlife, including otters and harbour seals. The tour also allows guests to hop off at Fisherman’s Wharf, a hidden gem famous for its ice cream and fish and chips shops.

Boom & Batten is the perfect waterfront spot for a date night in Victoria. Photo, Curt Woodhall
Boom & Batten is the perfect waterfront spot for a date night in Victoria. Photo, Curt Woodhall jpg

Dining for all

Mealtime is magic with grandparents, and Victoria’s inner harbour serves up excellent options to please every palate. Our favourites for dinner include Nautical Nellies, the city’s seafood-steakhouse staple and 10 Acres Commons for its seasonal farm-to-plate dishes. Top brunch choices are Benedicts and pancakes at Q in the Fairmont Empress and Don Mee’s dim sum delights, followed by milk tea from The Bubble Tea Place in Chinatown. Curt and I also enjoyed an impromptu date night at Boom and Batten on the waterfront. It was phenomenal, and while Brooklyn would have happily dined on mussels, octopus, and chargrilled steak, she had much more fun swimming with her grandparents in the Fairmont indoor pool.

Advertisement 6

Article content

If You Go

Spring arrives early in Victoria, so it’s our favourite time to visit. Also, crowds are much smaller, and the weather is usually a comfortable temperature — we were blessed with warm sunshine for most of our trip. In the inner harbour, the Fairmont Empress is where we typically stay for its indoor pool and ideal location for exploring the city on foot. Check Fairmont.com for special room savings, like Kids Rule the Castle, which includes daily breakfast for the family in Q, an Empress scavenger hunt, a Winston the Empress Dog stuffy and dining deals for the children. Or, for AAA/CAA members, receive rates of up to 15 per cent off and a $50 dining credit.

For more destination information, visit www.arrivalstravel.com.

Advertisement 1

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.



Source link

Spring break travel tips for families


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) –

As people move into a more open phase of the pandemic, a lot of families are unsure of how to travel with young children and make the most out of their time together.

That’s where YouTube creator and parenting coach Nekole Amber Eaton comes in with tips for how to use your spring break trip to regroup as a family.

Copyright 2022 WSAZ. All rights reserved.



Source link

COVID-19 cases rise with spring break travel


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s spring break for many students across the country, some with travel plans, as cases of COVID-19 are starting to trend back up.

According to a national survey, more than half of Americans are planning a trip this spring. 37% are planning to travel during spring break, that’s an increase from last year. Meanwhile, the latest DPH data indicates COVID cases are steadily increasing, today at just over 1200. Compared to the same time last month at 625. 22News spoke with people who plan to travel for spring break.

“My plans are to come home and visit my family here, this year my family and I are able to go out more. Last year when I came back I took a covid test before I came, and then I pretty much stayed in the house with them and this year we can now go do stuff which is fun,” said Chloe Larouche of Northampton.

The same data also indicates that both hospitalizations and deaths are decreasing.



Source link