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TSA’s enhanced security procedures put in place for summer travelers

TSA has put enhanced security measures in place to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, as an added effort to keep TSA agents and travelers safe. Because the COVID-19 pandemic remains a dynamic and evolving situation, adjustments to these protocols may be made in a timely and proactive manner. At this time, travelers can expect to see the following changes:

  • Keep possession of boarding passes
    • Travelers should place their boarding pass on the boarding pass reader themselves.
    • After scanning, travelers should show boarding pass to the TSA officer for inspection.
  • Separate food for x-ray screening
    • Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place bag into a bin during screening.
    • TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.
  • Pack Smart
    • Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact whenever possible without compromising security.
    • No two airports are alike, so social distancing may vary from airport to airport.
  • Practice social distancing
    • Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact whenever possible without compromising security.
    • No two airports are alike, so social distancing may vary from airport to airport.
  • Wear facial protection
    • Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well.
    • Passengers may need to adjust facial protection during the screening process.

Travelers who have not flown since the pandemic are also likely to notice some other changes. They include:

  • Reduced security lane usage due to the reduction in passenger volume.
  • All TSA officers at checkpoints wearing masks and gloves.
  • TSA officers optionally wearing eye protection and clear plastic face shields at some locations.
  • TSA officers will continue the practice of changing gloves after each pat-down.
  • Plastic shielding installed at many travel document checking podiums, divest, bag search and drop off locations.
  • TSA officers practicing social distancing.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces in the screening checkpoint area.

Hector International Airport puts safeguards in place in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation. In order to provide the safest travel experience possible, Hector International Airport is closely monitoring directives from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and state and local health officials.

Hector International Airport has always practiced stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes and we have increased our efforts even further in high touch areas throughout the passenger terminal. These areas include common areas, ticketing, security, gate areas, boarding bridges and baggage claim.

Here are some things you can do to stay safe and informed:

  • Consult health professionals for advice on traveling – especially if you have stress or anxiety about current COVID-19 reports.
  • Consult your airline if you need to change your flight or if have questions about any restrictions to your destination.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

June TSA Precheck event well attended despite slow in air travel

A TSA Pre✓® Local Enrollment event was held at the airport’s passenger terminal June 1-5. In total, 53 travelers attended the event, receiving their TSA Pre✓® status.


Inaugural non-stop Nashville route takes flight from Hector International Airport

Allegiant Air’s new non-stop route from Fargo to Nashville took flight on June 4, 2020. The destination provides local travelers the opportunity to visit Music City, its exciting nightlight and delightful cuisine. Flights are offered twice per week, on Sundays and Thursdays. One-way fares are available at allegiantair.com.


Jet Center Award receives EASA authorization

The Fargo Jet Center, which operates as an FBO at Hector International Airport, received EASA authorization for its Part 145 repair station, which was granted via a recommendation by the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office. The airport acts as a stopping point on the great circle route between Europe and the United States’ West Coast, as it provides a 24/7 Customs port of entry. With the EASA certification, the Fargo Jet Center will be able to support maintenance on European-registered aircrafts. The Fargo Jet Center’s contract with Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe, a Polish EMS operator, allows the facility to provide design, modification and maintenance on Bombardier Learjet 75s aircrafts from the US and Europe. Fargo Jet Center specializes in:

  • Beechcraft
  • Bombardier
  • Cirrus
  • Cessna
  • Gulfstream
  • Hawker
  • Piper
  • Pilatus

Business Spotlight

The Airport Gift Shop is a one-stop-shop for all of your travel and souvenir needs. With one of the biggest selections of locally created items ranging from embroidered hand towels and handmade magnets, to beef jerky and wild rice, The Airport Gift Shop has you covered! Offering a large selection of Fargo-branded apparel and souvenirs, The Airport Gift Shop has become a staple for Hector International travelers. Locally owned and operated by Kevin and Sheryll Clapp since October 1999, The Airport Gift Shop is ready to see you off or welcome you back. For more information on The Airport Gift Shop, please go to fargoairportgiftshop.com.


Q2 2020 boarding statistics

With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hector International Airport has seen a severe decrease in passengers, including a 95% reduction in April. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International Airport, say “it appears to be the norm for the next number of months.”

April 2020 was the first full month since the COVID-19 pandemic halted most air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 1,555, a decrease of 95.6% when compared to last April’s passenger enplanements of 35,402.

April 2020 was the first full month since the COVID-19 pandemic halted most air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 1,555, a decrease of 95.6% when compared to last April’s passenger enplanements of 35,402.

May 2020 is the second month since the pandemic halted almost all air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 5,190, a decrease of 86.3% when compared to last May’s passenger enplanements of 37,796.

There were 167 air carrier departures with an average of 81 seats per flight in May and an average of 354 total daily passengers.

June 2020 is the third month since the pandemic halted almost all air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 9,005, a decrease of 77.5% when compared to last June’s passenger enplanements of 40,003.

There were 184 air carrier departures with an average of 95 seats per flight in June and an average of 607 total daily passengers.

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