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Going for a Repeat! HSV Nominated Best Small Airport – Let’s Turn Out the Vote!

Huntsville International Airport was voted the Best Small Airport in the United States last year in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice awards.

Now, HSV is defending its crown and the deadline for voting is Feb. 1. 

All voting is digital with a limit of one vote per day. HSV has created a link to the voting page at https://tinyurl.com/VoteFlyHSV. Voting can also be done USA Today’s standalone travel website, 10Best.com.

Airport officials are also urging the community to share the voting information through social media. 

Fifteen small airports across the U.S. have been nominated this year by a panel of travel experts, including editors at USA Today

And, like last year, HSV is the only airport in the state to be nominated. 

“It has been a difficult year for travel and tourism,” said Jana Kuner, Huntsville International Airport Public Relations manager. “This contest could be a very positive thing for HSV as we enter into a new year and hopefully begin to get our passengers back to the skies.”

The winners will be announced Feb. 12. The official contest rules can be found here

Huntsville International hosts Delta, American, United, Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines, offering nonstop service to 10 major destinations across the country. 

The airport has an onsite hotel and a range of food and beverage options.

USA Today’s 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors per month and provides a variety of travel content, top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for the top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

How to Fly Right During This Holiday Season

If you have not traveled much this year due to the pandemic, Huntsville International Airport is sharing its “Tips for Air Travel” during the holidays. Vacationers and business travelers will find this advice helpful as well, for cruising through security, passing through the ticketing process, and securely boarding the aircraft.

According to representatives from the Transportation Safety Administration and HSV, travelers can expect to see security officers throughout the terminal wearing face masks and disposable gloves they can discard after pat-downs, while many will also wear eye protection or face shields. 

Travelers can expect less physical contact at each step of the process.

Acrylic barriers have been installed at the terminal to limit exposure between airport personnel, security officers, and travelers during the issuance of your boarding pass and showing an ID. You will notice social distancing leading up to and into the security checkpoint environment; and surfaces in the security checkpoint area are frequently and intensely cleaned and disinfected.

The following procedures will make air travel much faster and less invasive as you travel this holiday season:

  1. Pack Smart! Pack only essential items and avoid packing prohibited items in carry-on bags. Pack liquids, gels and aerosols in small containers and place them in a plastic bag. Pack keys, loose change, wallets, lip balm, tissues, and cellphones into carry-on bags before entering security checkpoints to avoid having to put them into bins.
  2. Follow Universal CDC Guidelines. Wear a mask. Always keep a supply of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Bring a photo ID.
  3. Enroll in TSA PreCheck. TSA Precheck expedites the screening process and reduces touchpoints. Enrollees do not have to remove their shoes, belts, lightweight jackets, electronics, or their bag of travel-size liquids and gels. Click here to Apply for TSA Precheck.
  4. Do Not Wrap Christmas Gifts. Pack gifts without giftwrapping them so that if they trigger an alarm, they will not have to be unwrapped for examination. Gift bags, gift boxes or decorative bows are easy alternatives.
  5. Download the FREE myTSA app. It is the traveler’s best friend and a trusted source for last-minute travel questions. It provides passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently asked airport security information, and has a helpful tip for preparing for security, including a searchable “Can I Bring” database. The app also keeps travelers up to date on flight delays and provides directions to TSA PreCheck lanes at any airport terminal. The app is available on iTunes or Google Play. 
  6. Properly Prepare Food Items for Travel. As a rule, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it, or pour it – pack it in a checked bag. Cakes, pies, cookies, and casseroles can travel in carry-on luggage.

If you need to know what items should go in a carry-on bag, or if you have last-minute questions, send them to @AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger

Helpful travel tips are posted regularly at @TSA and @TSA_Gulf on Twitter. For localized travel information, visit FlyHuntsville.com.

(Photos courtesy of Huntsville International and the TSA)

Huntsville International Airport Implements Cutting-edge Scanner Technology

No, it does not teleport you directly from the security checkpoint onto the airplane … maybe one day.

The CT scanner employs an algorithm to analyze the contents of each bag. (Photo/Huntsville International Airport)

But Huntsville International Airport’s state-of-the-art Computed Tomography scanner streamlines the screening process and reduces the number of touchpoints at the security checkpoint.

With the CT scanner, travelers will not need to remove electronics, food, or travel-size liquids from their carry-on luggage. This, in turn, reduces the number of bags that need to be opened for inspection.

“The CT machine employs a sophisticated algorithm to analyze the contents of each bag,” said Federal Security Director Gail Linkins, “and allows TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officers to rotate the image for a thorough analysis.” 

“One of Huntsville International Airport’s top priorities throughout the pandemic continues to be keeping passengers, tenants and employees safe,” said Rick Tucker, airport CEO. “This is also a priority for our partners across the airport as evidenced by the Transportation Security Administration’s continued efforts to reduce touchpoints.

“HSV is pleased that TSA in Huntsville will now offer this new technology as we all continue to work to provide our region with a facility that continues to improve safety and that our customers can utilize comfortably.”

To take advantage of the benefits offered by the CT scanner, travelers should enroll in the TSA Precheck program. Once enrolled, passengers do not have to remove shoes, belts, lightweight jackets, electronics, or their bag of travel-size liquids and gels. To apply for the program, visit www.tsa.gov/precheck

TSA is extending its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign from the summer. Still in place through the holidays, the campaign focuses on stopping the spread of COVID-19 and reduces the potential for cross-contamination at security checkpoints.

Huntsville International Airport Flying High After FAA Approves New Master Plan

After months of consulting with and gaining input from community leaders, business owners, and residents on the future of the Huntsville International Airport, a new master plan has been accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration, laying out a new blueprint for the long-term development of the region’s busiest airport.

The new master plan has several goals. Among them:

  • Provide a graphic representation of  airport features, and use anticipated land-use models to lay out any future development.
  • Establish a realistic schedule for the implementation of that proposed development along with a realistic financial plan to support it.
  • Establish a framework for a continuous planning process while taking technical, economic and environmental issues into consideration in that process.

The plan will be presented to the public while addressing relevant issues and satisfying local, state and federal regulations.

According to the FAA, a key objective of the future airport plan is to assure the effective use of airport resources to satisfy aviation demand in a financially feasible manner. The new plan is centrally focused but uses local, state and national guidelines and goals to be efficient in its development.

The project team was led by Michael Baker International, a provider of engineering and consulting services that specializes in municipal governments.

“Huntsville International Airport team members, regional leaders, local business owners, and residents in our community worked in tandem discussing and developing this long-range vision for the airport,” said Rick Tucker, Huntsville International Airport CEO. “This was a collective effort from many individuals that both care about the airport and understand that Huntsville’s economic future is tied to our airport’s success.”

Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is operated by the Port of Huntsville. It was recently named by USA Today as the No. 1 Small Airport in the U.S., and is the largest commercial airport in North Alabama, serving more than 1 million passengers annually.