Gregory Pierson was appointed Assistant Director of Aviation of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) by Mike Edwards, the Director of Aviation.
Mr. Pierson has 12 years of airport management experience, and was serving as the Interim Assistant Director of Aviation. He was previously the BTR Airport Computer/Electronics Systems Manager (IT Manager). He first joined the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport 15 years ago as a PC LAN Specialist. Within his first three years, he was promoted to a PC LAN Administrator. In his most recent role as IT Manager, his Airport-wide involvement afforded him the experience to identify and manage the expectations and needs of various stakeholders, while ensuring the decisions and processes related to the Technology division were in alignment with the overall mission of the Airport.  
Mr. Pierson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Management from Southern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has an ITIL Foundation and Software House industry certification and is currently preparing for his AAAE Certified Member certification. He is also a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), and is an IRS Registered Tax Preparer. 
“I am truly humbled and excited about the opportunity to serve in this new capacity. I look forward to continuing to do my part to make BTR the airport of choice, and to facilitate improvements in our community outreach efforts.”
Greg grew up in the Baton Rouge Area, graduating from Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge. He and his wife LaToya have three children, Alyvia, Dylan and Skylar.

Passenger enplanements, or departing passengers, were up 4.7% at Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) in October over the same month in 2017. Deplanements, or arriving passengers, were up 3.4%. Total passenger volume in October was 76,461. Year-to-date passenger numbers through October are 667,095, up 4%. The BTR passenger volume is the second highest among Louisiana airports.
TSA issued some travel tips for the airport security checkpoint:
• Be ready when you enter the checkpoint line — have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out of your wallet and ready to hand to the TSA officer. Once you get to the divesting tables, remove laptops, any electronics larger than a cell phone and liquids from carry-on baggage and place those items in a checkpoint bin.
• If you are unsure if an item is allowed through security, get live assistance by tweeting your questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also reach the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673.
• Prepare for security when packing — put large liquids, gels, creams and aerosols, such as shampoo, conditioner, suntan lotion, shaving cream and anti-perspirant, into checked bags. If you’ve only got a carry-on bag, make sure all of your liquids follow the 3-1-1 rule — 3.4-ounce bottles or less; 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; and 1 bag per passenger.
• If you are carrying powder substances, it is recommended (not mandatory) to remove them from your carry-on bag and place them in a bin for easy screening. Many powdered substances result in an alarm, which will result in a bag check. Removing the powder items is likely to reduce the need for a bag check at the checkpoint.
• Consider minimizing items that you wear to the airport such as bulky jewelry, scarves, hair accessories, large belts and other bulky items as these articles are likely to require additional screening. Remove all items from your pockets and put them into one of your carry-on bags so you won’t lose them.
• Equally important, travelers are reminded to check the bins when collecting all belongings after going through screening and before leaving the checkpoint screening area. Often, travelers leave behind laptops, wallets, ID, phones and loose change.

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