Labor Day Travel Tips



Here’s What You Need To Know Before Flying BHM

Travel Numbers Skyrocket Compared to Last Year’s Numbers


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – September 1, 2021– Across the world, many travelers are gearing up to take their last trip before the summer ends. In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, TSA screened around 900,000 passengers during the Labor Day weekend.  Compared to December 2020 with TSA screening 874,406 passengers, travel season has increased tremendously with TSA screening over 2.4 million people at airport security checkpoints by July 1st. At the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), we welcome our passengers and want to make sure they are up to-date on how to navigate through the airport.  Here are a few tips on what to expect while traveling through our airport during Labor Day weekend:

Pack Smart 

  • Start with an empty bag and review TSA’s guidelines on prohibited items for carry-on and checked baggage
  • Be familiar with TSA’s 3-1-1 guidelines for liquids, gels, and aerosols.
  • TSA is allowing passengers to carry 12oz of liquid hand sanitizer until further notice.
  • Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be properly stored. Declare your firearm at check-in with your airline.

Plan Ahead 

  • Bring multiple face masks as federal and airlines regulations require masks to be worn at all times in the airport and on the plane.
  • Take advantage of TSA’s Precheck and CLEAR to help move through the airport quicker.
  • Download your preferred airline’s mobile app for up-to-date notifications on flight status, access to your boarding pass and more.
  • Self-parking is available in the airport’s parking deck for $12 a day with contactless payment options.
  • Wear comfortable items for traveling and easily removable shoes.

Arrive Early 

  • Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your departure to allow plenty of time for parking, luggage check-in, security screening and more.
  • Enjoy our concession, retail stores and free Wi-Fi as you wait for your flight.


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About Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport 

As Alabama’s largest commercial airport,  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has served as a gateway to the sky for nearly 90 years. Governed by the Birmingham Airport Authority, the airport continues to be a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire region. For more information, visit or follow BHM on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.