Eugene — March 23, 2017 — More than 30,000 passengers are expected to travel through Eugene Airport (EUG) during the busy spring break holiday beginning March 23 through April 2.
“Spring Break is the start of our busy travel season at the airport,” said airport director, Tim Doll, AAE. “Our team is geared up to make travel through EUG easy and convenient during this busy week.”
Airport officials project they will be 15 percent busier this spring break as compared to the 2016 holiday, in part because of United’s introduction of larger aircraft. The busiest day will be Friday, March 24, with 2,023 departing passengers. On an average day, the airport sees 1,355 departing passengers.
Passengers traveling through Eugene Airport over Spring Break should keep in mind the following tips:
Before You Leave for the Airport
- If traveling early morning on a peak travel day, plan on arriving TWO HOURS before your scheduled flight time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to your gate.
- Check-in online. Passengers may check-in online 24 hours prior to their departure and print their boarding passes at home. Often ticket agents will move online check-in passengers to a different line if they still need to check bags.
- Before you leave the house, check with your airline to confirm that your flight is on time.
Once You Arrive at the Airport
- If you have checked bags they must be tagged at the airline ticket counter at least 40 minutes before departure time.
- Know your airline’s checked bag and carry-on bag policy, including fees to avoid surprises. Put medications and other required items in your carry-on bag.
- Remember your boarding pass and valid government photo ID. These two items are required by TSA in order to pass through the security checkpoint.
- Eugene Airport Information Desk, located in the terminal building, is frequently staffed by Navigator volunteers who can assist passengers with directions and information.
Limited TSA Pre?®
- Allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs to receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel.
- Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
- For more information on TSA Pre?® visit: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck.
- For passengers without TSA Pre?® screening still requires removing coats and shoes, taking all items out of pockets, and removing belts before going through the screening machines.
- Remove laptops and other large electronics from your carry-on bag and place in a bin separately for screening.
- Pies and cakes are allowed through the security checkpoint. Please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
- Items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
- The TSA website has the most up to date information on security screening requirements and banned items at https://www.tsa.gov/travel.
- The Transportation Security Administration restrictions on taking liquids and gels through security remain in place. Remember the 3-1-1 rule for these items:
- 3.4-ounce or smaller containers of liquids, gels and aerosols placed in:
- 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles.
- 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin.
- Larger quantities of breast milk/ baby formula and medically necessary liquids are permitted but must be presented to a TSA officer for further inspection.
- For more information on security screening and smart packing tips, visit http://www.TSA.gov.