Airport security checkpoints are a standard part of air travel. And depending on the date, time and airport, some lines can seem daunting.
Here are four tips smart travelers should try:
Check out Precheck, especially if you’re a frequent flyer. The TSA Precheck program allows prescreened flyers to bypass many long lines. After submitting an application, finger printing, a background check and a small fee, your “known traveler number” status is good for five years.
Keep it handy. Place your government issued ID and boarding pass in an accessible place to avoid fumbling and wasting time in security lines and at boarding.
Make it easy on yourself. Wear slip-on shoes, keep your pockets empty and avoid metal (as in belt buckles, jewelry, change in your pockets, etc.). Get a TSA-approved laptop case. And, to avoid having to throw away expensive toiletries and beverages at the checkpoint, make sure your carry-on liquids comply with the TSA 3-1-1 Rule (i.e., liquids must be 3.4 ounces or less, and fit in one 1-quart transparent, plastic sealable bag).
Get text alerts and preprogram 800-numbers into your phone for airlines, hotels, car rentals or ground transport in case there is a flight change or delay. This comes in handy to know if you have more time to get through security, if you need to switch terminals or if you need to reschedule or cancel.
While some travel troubles are out of your hands, these tips can help make getting through your next trip a little easier!
Sources: TSA, Independent Traveler, USA TODAY
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