LVIA reports a more than 400% increase in travel means passengers should plan for longer lines at security

Written by on July 12, 2021

LVIA reports a more than 400% increase in travel means passengers should plan for longer lines at security

By Genesis Ortega
July 12, 2021

Photo | Courtesy fo the CDC via PBS39

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. – Some say that one of the things they love about flying out of the Lehigh Valley International Airport is the shorter lines compared to the ones at larger airports. But with more people starting to travel, passengers should plan to be at the airport earlier. 

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Traveling is a lot busier this summer compared to a year ago, according to Thomas R.  Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. 

“There’s so much pent up demand as we all sat home during the pandemic, that people are taking their vacations finally and traveling,” Stoudt says.

The airport’s latest passenger traffic comparison shows a 445% increase in passengers from May of last year.

“It really ramped up so quickly, that I don’t know that the airlines, or the TSA, or the airports were ready to see it come back to that level so quickly,” Stoudt says.

All of which means travelers should expect longer lines.  

“Just like a lot of airports across the country really advising passengers to get to the airport two hours before their scheduled departure time, to give themselves plenty of time to get through security screening,” Stoudt says. 

And in terms of security, Stoudt says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) area is undergoing expansion that should shorten lines in the future. 

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