Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock

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Memorial Day Holiday Travel

Clinton National Airport Prepares for Busy Memorial Day Holiday Travel
Nearly 30,000 passengers are expected to depart the Little Rock airport for the unofficial start of summer travel

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) anticipates a 14% increase in Memorial Day weekend departing passengers compared to last year. An estimated 29,812 people are expected to be screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the airport May 23-29. Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 are anticipated to be the busiest days, with nearly 5,000 people to be screened each day. Nationally, TSA plans to screen more than 18 million passengers and crew during the Memorial Day travel period.

The airport and TSA remind you of the following tips:

Give yourself plenty of time. Travelers are advised to arrive two hours before their scheduled departure time if they must stop at the ticket counter and familiarize themselves with the airport's parking options before their trip. 

Do you carry a firearm? Prepare, pack, and declare. Firearms are prohibited at the security checkpoint, in the secure area of the airport, and in the passenger cabin of an aircraft. Passengers may travel with a firearm, but it must be secured in the passenger’s checked baggage, packed, unloaded, locked in a hard-sided case, and declared to the airline when checking in at the airline ticket counter.

Pack an empty bag, know before you go, and remember the 3-1-1 rule. When passengers begin packing for travel with an empty bag, they are less likely to be stopped at the security checkpoint for having prohibited items. Before packing that empty bag, check TSA’s  “What Can I Bring?” tool to know what is prohibited. Liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes are allowed in carry-on bags as long as each item is 3.4 ounces or less and placed in one quart-sized bag. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes.

Have ID ready. Passengers 18 years and older must show valid ID credentials at the security checkpoint to travel. 

TSA PreCheck® members: Make sure your Known Traveler Number (KTN) is in your reservation. Airline reservations must have the passenger’s correct KTN, full name, and date of birth. Those who fly with multiple airlines should ensure their KTN is updated in their airline profiles every time they travel. TSA PreCheck passengers are low-risk travelers who do not need to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, food, laptops, and light jackets at the TSA checkpoint.