- Security Checkpoint
The security checkpoint at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is operated by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The BNIA works with the TSA to monitor security line length and tries to keep the wait time less than 15 minutes; however to avoid any problems, we recommend arriving 90 minutes to two hours prior to departure especially during high travel periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter to ensure adequate time for check-in, security screening and travel to your gate.
- Body Scanners
The TSA uses Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. For more information about AIT including privacy and opt-out information and other frequently asked questions please visit www.tsa.gov.
- Passengers can actively improve the security process by being ready prior to going through the checkpoint. Following these steps will help everyone get through the process faster:
Be sure that when making reservations you use the exact name that is shown on the ID you'll be using during the screening process.
Passengers who present a federal or state issued photo ID containing name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature that is free from evidence of tampering can expect to be expedited through the travel document checking process.
Passengers should remove their government issued photo ID from wallets, plastic holders and other carrying cases and present the ID along with their boarding pass at the start of the screening process. Hold on to the boarding pass until through the magnetometer, where it may need to be shown again.
Large liquids are still banned from carry-ons. Remember the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels and aerosols at the checkpoint. (See TSA link below)
Laptops must be taken out of their cases and placed in a separate bin for X-ray.
Removing footwear for X-ray screening is required. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed the process. Please also put your jackets and sweaters in the bin.
- Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) - for current conditions on bridge crossings.
- Western Hemisphere Travel Inititive started June 1, 2009 - read about new border crossing requirements.
- www.tsa.gov - Transportation Security Administration - details of the 3-1-1 Carry-on Program.
- www.faa.gov - Federal Aviation Administration - list of hazardous materials.
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