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Bradley and Security Officials Prep for Busy Travel Week

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WGGB) — Bradley International Airport is gearing up for it’s busiest holiday travel period of the year.

A record number of air travelers are expected to take to the skies to get to their holiday destination.

The unavoidable rush to get airborne en route to your holiday destination is underway

“We are expecting a big increase in traffic here at the airport. In fact, the increase started last Friday and will continue until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,” says Kevin Dillon with the Conn. Airport Authority.

At Bradley, security and service personnel are prepped with pointers on how help travelers get the most of their airport experience

“The first thing I would recommend is being prepared ahead of time and how that looks essentially is before you even get to the airport how you dress what you choose to wear. You might want to avoid certain things like metallic items, certain types of jewelry shoes. You might want to go with slip-on’s instead of lace-ups,” adds Dave Bassett, Federal Security Director for Connecticut

TSA agents will examine every carry-on thoroughly.

Getting through security checkpoints safely and efficiently begins at home

“Your going to want to layer your baggage, meaning have your shoes on the bottom, your clothing on the top of your shoes, and any large electronics like laptops or any type of iPads, cameras that you are bringing with you, have that top on the clothing,” says TSA officer Chris Evans.

ABC40 was given access to items recently surrended to airport security. A visual sample of unusual and prohibted items.

A cologne bottle shaped like a hand grenade, ninja throwing stars, a sling shot and a wide assortment of toy and prop guns..

“The other thing we notice this time of year people are carrying gifts with them. We urge people to keep those gifts unwrapped because, unfortunately, if the TSA has to look inside, they are going to have open up the wrapper.”

And for those who havent traveled by air in awhile, the 3-1-1 liquid rule for carry-on’s remains in effect

“Any liquids that you want to carry on the aircraft need to be smaller than 3.4 ounces in a one quart clear ziptop bag and you’re allowed one bag per person,” Evans adds.

A lot to keep in mind, keeping in mind what passengers say the most.

“We don’t care as long as we get there safely, so we try to balance all aspects, but at the end of the day, safety is what matters to passengers

Travelers are advised to call there airline in advance of any flights to make sure there flights are leaving on time.

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