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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport preparing for busy summer season 'Anticipated summer travel passenger numbers to be highest since 2019'

In order for travelers to have a quality airport experience, the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is offering travel tips.

CLEVELAND — EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News regarding the mask mandate being lifted from many airlines.

As summer vacation approaches for many, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is preparing for one of the busiest travel seasons in recent years. 

During the “100 Days of Summer” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, CLE is anticipating a major increase in travel. 

Over the summer, the airport is expecting 2.8 million travelers to visit. This is an increase from last year’s 2.3 million travelers during the 100 Days of Summer. 

Compared to 2019, the airport’s traffic is 90% higher, which is much higher than officials expected it to be this year. 

In order for travelers to have a quality airport experience, the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is offering travel tips. 

General Travel Tips

  • Plan ahead and arrive at least 2 hours early in order to allow time for traffic, parking, check-in, checkpoints and inclement weather. 

  • Check the status of your flight by contacting your airline or on CLE’s website, www.Clevelandairport.com

In order for TSA checkpoints to work as smoothly as possible, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is reminding everyone to have a government-issued ID readily available to present. 

Individuals traveling can check the wait time at the closest checkpoint or at CLE’s website.

TSA Travel Tips

  • Look through luggage to ensure no prohibited items are in the bag prior to coming to the airport.
  • All three CLE checkpoints have Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for passenger screening. Be prepared for metal detectors and x-ray machines for carry-on items.
  • Remember the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on items – Three ounces (3 oz.) per container, in a clear one-quart bag, one per passenger.
  • Knives, scissors with pointed tips, pepper spray and other such items are prohibited as carry-on items. For a comprehensive list of banned and permitted items, visit the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov.
  • Carry-on luggage is restricted to one bag and one personal item per person. A personal item includes a purse, briefcase or laptop bag.
  • Outer coats, jackets and other such garments must be removed and put through x-ray screening.

  • Children under the age of 12 years old do not require an ID and will not have to remove their shoes before going through security.

At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, TSA Pre✓™ is available and allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs to receive the faster screening benefits. 

Information on TSA Pre✓™can be found HERE

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News as a part of an investigative series.   

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