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04/05/2018

TSA reminders for 2018 PGA Masters at Augusta National travelers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would like to remind Augusta Regional Airport passengers to expect higher than usual passenger volumes over the next several days (April 6-10) as travelers return home from the 2018 PGA Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club.

TSA, the airlines and airport have worked together over the past few months to prepare for the busy travel period, which will see the heaviest volume tomorrow and Monday, April 9. Additional TSA officers and canines will be on hand through the weekend to assist with the screening of passengers and luggage.

Passengers are urged to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their scheduled departure time for flights throughout the week.

In the days immediately after the championship, TSA also sees a large increase in baggage and golf bags. Often, golf bags have to be opened and screened by hand, which can cause delays.

Passengers traveling with golf bags can help expedite the process by removing prohibited items from their bags and allowing additional time for screening of these items. Those carrying golf items should also ensure the items being checked are clean, as environmental debris/residue can trigger alarms, delaying the screening process.

For assistance in determining what is and is not allowed on board aircraft, visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items
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The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation?s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.

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