On Monday morning, an abandoned rental car meandered the road outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and passengers were waiting outside the terminal and on security lines to reach the sidewalk.
For some travelers, the airport was unable to handle the unusually high passenger traffic partially caused by some well-known sporting events, resulting in hours of waiting on security lines, missed flights, and weekends. I had to arrange another trip.
On Monday, airport officials took steps to warn of a lack of fuel due to the lack of available fuel supply. You will arrive with more fuel than usual in case there is no fuel available at ABIA.
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Airport officials said in a statement that they regularly see large numbers of passengers, especially before 8 am on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. Monday.
“These volumes reflect thousands of Austin visitors returning home after attending events such as Texas Relays, World Golf Championships-Del Technologies Match Play, and NASCAR races at the Circuit of the Americas. Travel (Airport) continues to drive improvements to the terminal through airport expansion and development programs and in collaboration with partners such as TSA to fill staff vacancy. ”
Sandy Musa, who lives about 20 minutes from the airport, said she didn’t care about the security lines when she saw her outside the building on Monday morning, about 90 minutes before the flight to Las Vegas. I arrived at 6 o’clock. At a work meeting, I talked to the guards and they said there was no way to get on the plane.
“There was a line from one end of the airport to the other,” she said. “There aren’t a few people hanging out by the automatic doors. I’m in one of those lines. Even if I got there two hours ago, I would never have done that.”
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Mr. Musa said he was dissatisfied with the airport’s failure to contact passengers in advance on social media. Take another flight later on Monday or give up on the trip altogether.
Patricia Mancha, a TSA spokesman for southwestern states, including Texas, said Austin Airport had 15,000 more visitors this weekend compared to regular travel courses, a sporting event in the region. And airlines are adding flights. Schedule from Austin as a factor.
According to Mancha, Austin’s TSA prepared for the weekend by staffing additional staff and approving overtime hours. Mancha also said that Austin isn’t the only place where travel is increasing. That day last year.
At Ausitn Airport, there was also a line of rental cars abandoned to fight Monday morning, and some people were even behind.
“The rental car return line was due to a slightly irregular situation. What happened was that one rental car stalled on a drop-off curve,” an airport official said in a statement. If you leave the car with the key in, other passengers who have a rental car will follow you and leave the rental car along the curb. When I got in touch with the airport staff, I contacted the car rental company and asked them to increase the number of staff. Dispatched … Move the car off the curb. “
Kelly Negel, who was in Austin for a wedding on the weekend, sat side by side for about 30 minutes to return the car on Monday morning, then put the key in the front seat and left the rental car to board the plane. He said he was one of them.
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Negel said he was able to bypass many of the security lines because he had a TSA PreCheck and was able to fly back to Pennsylvania, calling that the vehicle was safely returned during the transfer from the car rental company. I said I received it.
According to Mancha, the best way to get security faster is to arrive comfortably in your carry-on baggage without packing it. You should plan to arrive at the airport 2 and 3 hours before your domestic flight. A few hours before the international one, she said.
“When people bring banned items to checkpoints, the line slows down. TSA, airports, airlines, we’re all working together to take people to their final destination. Therefore, people pack their patience. Our people are really trying to help you get over it. “