Waiting times at the airport

Security wait times at the ELM airport are very approximate and are mainly based on different factors such as weather, TSA officers, airport constructions, etc.

ELM TSA security wait time predictions are made by considering flight volume data and TSA staffing models. The TSA requests all passengers to arrive well in advance of scheduled flight departures and has provided security checkpoint wait time information in order to assist in travel planning. It is always recommended to check in advance with the airline for ticket counter wait times and ask about possible changes in flight schedules because these factors can affect the decision regarding arrival time. All travelers are requested to consider that each airline has a recommended arrival time and a stricter option for required arrival times.

If failing to arrive at the check-in counter, the flight’s departure gate or your assigned seat may lead to being denied from boarding.

Security procedures

The top priority for airport security is to keep travelers secure and maintain a balance between ease of travel and its safety. In 2017, the Transportation Security Administration began to implement new screening procedures for carry-on items at airports in the country. The methods were phased at Upstate New York airports.

The new procedures require all travelers to put all personal electronic devices, which are larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening, which are designed to address the terror threat by raising the baseline of aviation security. Therefore passengers can expect the TSA representatives to ask them to remove electronics from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing below or on top.

This procedure helps officers to obtain a clearer X-ray image.

Examples of such items are laptops, tablets, cameras, or e-readers. TSA employees will be stationed in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines in order to guide travelers through the whole process and recommend how to arrange passenger's carry-on items.


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