Spokane International Airport is asking you to arrive a little earlier than in the past if you are flying somewhere this spring. With several new nonstop flight destinations now available and a record high spring travel season predicted, there could be some delays getting through security.
TSA is now opening the passenger security screening checkpoints 30 minutes earlier at 4 a.m. to accommodate the increase in passenger demand. They are also paying overtime to ensure staffing levels at the Airport’s two peak times (5 a.m. – 7 a.m.. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.).
TSA PreCheck enrollees are still being processed through the TSA PreCheck lane, however, given the significant increase in demand, the lines beyond the ticket document check stations will be combined for maximum efficiency at peak hours. TSA PreCheck enrollees can still leave on their shoes and light jackets but will need to submit all electronics larger than smart phone as well as liquid, gels and lotions for screening.
The Airport is working with the TSA to expedite the installation of one additional screening lane at the A/B and C Terminals and the TSA has agreed to provide the corresponding equipment and staffing. The goal is to have the new lanes operational by June 1.
In the meantime, travelers are requested to arrive a minimum of 90 minutes ahead of their scheduled boarding time in order to allow for the increased time that it is taking to complete the screening process.