Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Travel Tips Tuesday: Getting Through Security as Conveniently as Possible


Being stressed because you’re rushing to get to your flight on time is no fun. In this week’s Travel Tips post, here are a few reminders of steps you can take to help you get to your flight on time with as little stress as possible.  
Pack properly. When packing your bags, make sure they are not over weight or over-sized. Rearranging your bags at the ticket counter not only delays you but holds up other passengers also.

Arrive early. Leave your house with enough time to get to the airport at least two hours before your flight. You never know how long the lines at the ticket counter or security checkpoint may be. Also, if you park in one of the airport parking lots or garages, take note of where your car is parked. We all know how stressful it is not being able to find your car after you return from a trip. 

Verify ticket information. Make sure the name on your ticket matches the name on your ID. If there is a discrepancy, it may take a few extra minutes to get cleared by a TSA supervisor and approve use of the boarding pass. Also, ensure you have proper identification.

Be ready for screening. Once you are at the security line, make sure you remove everything from your bag required by TSA. Remove your 3-1-1 liquids bag from your carry-on bag –– if you don’t, more than likely the TSA officer will call for a bag check. Your laptop has to be removed and placed separately in a bin. TSA Pre eligible travelers have the convenience of not having to remove these items.

If you are traveling with electronic devices including medical equipment, such as a CPAP machine or even a video game system, you must remove and place separately in a bin.  

Before going through the advanced imaging technology, remove any large bulky jewelry and belts. Check your pockets and remove everything; then place the items bin on the X-ray belt. TSA officers may ask you to double check if you have anything in your pockets – it’s common to forget to remove wallets and keys. Any anomalies detected by the screening equipment may result in a pat-down.
Taking the time to follow these tips can help you get to your flight on time.   

Have a safe flight!
Karla
TSA Guest Blogger