Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Take the Stress Out of Travel with These Tips to #TSATravelSafe


When you’re jetting off to summer fun, you have a lot on your mind.  Did you bring your cell phone charger?  Do you have room in your bag for souvenirs?  Do you have the rental car confirmation?  What’s the best restaurant near your hotel?  Did you leave the coffee maker on?


With so much to think about, it’s easy to forget the most important thing: Getting there safely.  Fortunately, TSA is working hard to make sure your travel experience is as efficient and secure as possible. 



Check out the gif below, which is full of tips to make your trip to the airport as stress-free as possible—because we know you have other things on your mind.   

TSA Travel Safe Tips image

To find out more about how TSA is working to secure our nation’s transportation systems, check out #TSATravelSafe on social media.



 TSA Blog Team 

14 comments:

Jud Hanson said...

You forgot to mention one of the biggest issues: leaving weapons, real and novelty, at home.

Anonymous said...

I haven't traveled by plane in a few years but all these regulations were in effect the last time I did travel While I do appreciate having these guidelines available as a review prior to any travel, what I have a problem with is those people who assume these regulations don't apply to them. e.g. arrival at airport ahead of time. Okay there is a problem with not enough "qualified" TSA employees, main reasoning being both cost of paying the wages (believe me they aren't being paid top wages either) and the productivity of those actually working. I try to follow the regulations as best as I can but I also see too many people who try to beat the system too. These regulations have been in effect now for many years and we still have to wait online for the removal of items from what is going on plane. Do you know you can't even lock checked bags so make sure they stay closed without a lock or you'll have to go all the way back to check in spot and re-go thru the TSA scan point. What I would like to see is a way for travelers to have a pre-check area prior to going on these long lines to avoid losing time. (i.e. like the information line at DMV). That way we know once you get on that TSA line you'll get thru without hassle.

Susan Richart said...

TSA does little, if anything, to make air travel safe. But the PR beat must go on.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Suggester said...

My basic problem with TSA is getting there early enough to be screened and have a relaxed wait in the boarding area. If I knew exactly (live feed pushed to a smartphone app) when to show up I could arrive later knowing I'm good. Keeping me out of that line as long as possible would be the TSA goal: letting others with less time go first.

Here's an idea based on restaurant tables... when people check-in with their airline have that coordinated with TSA (identity and intentions registered) then upon entering that "first" TSA layer of boarding pass ID check (move this away from the line as far as possible) - give the person a "electronic" reservation slot based on queue length and current flight departure time. Maybe while they're still home...

Basically, TSA would text (or provides a flashing "beeper")the person when they should (are allowed) to enter the line. Non-cooperative flyers could always choose a backup wait-your-turn-at-your-own-risk line if they did not want to participate. You could optionally offer precise location services to know passenger whereabouts.

If a passenger arrives at the airport too late to make the flight offer an expedite fee bypass (fee based on current queue length, current and departure time).

Upon entering the screen, the flyer's reservation and ID check is exchanged - with any cutting non-participating passengers directed to the backup queue.

That same feed could also inform gate agents on who has checked in and their TSA line status (with an offer for passenger expediting based on flyer status or someone - like the airline - willing to pay extra). TSA and airlines could keep a token economy that would allow these transactions when needed: offering credit for good practices... airlines could use that for helping people stuck in lines.

As an incentive, if an airline chooses to stack multiple flights in narrow time windows TSA could keep seasonal metrics on excessive per-passenger waits, airline, and screening operations and shift the responsibility accordingly: passenger check-in and through times: X% passenger arrived too late; poor Y% airline OOOI; Z% TSA queue management. Again offer credits for good airline behaviors or poor TSA performance.

Just an idea.

Anonymous said...

You're working to make travel efficient and secure? Really?

Does that mean you've ended the pointless shoe carnival and the scientifically baseless liquids nonsense?

Have you shut off slow, invasive, and ineffective the naked body scanners with the 100% false positive rate and gone back to WTMDs?

Are you putting your farcical "behavior detection" staffers to work doing something useful?

Or are you trying distract people from the long lines that you, TSA, have caused with your own policies, for absolutely no improvement in anyone's safety?

Fix the TSA said...

If TSA isn't doing a work slow down, and Congress gave TSA millions of tax dollars to "fix" the unnecessary delays, why does the TSA insist the flying public waste time arriving so early for flights?

RB said...

Having to arrive at an airport 2 hbours early just to accommodate TSA's incompetence is ridiculous. Learn how to screen people in a more efficient manner.

Based on the graphics looks like we are back to the shoes on the belt/in the bin argument again.

Can't TSA progress on any point?

Fix the TSA said...

All the TSA does is increase stress, delays, and loss of property. The TSA is a blight on freedoms to travel.

Anonymous said...

All the TSA does is increase stress, delays, and loss of property. The TSA is a blight on freedoms to travel

Solution= Greyhound or toughen up a little.

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist,

Sigh.

Why do you continue making yourself look really bad by repeatedly saying things like your June 20, 2016 at 11:00am comment?

No traveler should have to "toughen up" to travel in this country. No innocent American should have to "toughen up" to deal with government employees, paid by our tax dollars.

You already know "Greyhound" can't cross oceans. (You do know that buses can't float, right?)

You already know business people travel all over the world to ply their trades, right?

You already know parts of Alaska, all of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, etc. are not on Greyhound routes, right?

How much does the government pay you to take the fall?

*screenshot*

RB said...

 Anonymous said...All the TSA does is increase stress, delays, and loss of property. The TSA is a blight on freedoms to travelSolution= Greyhound or toughen up a little.June 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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Why can't TSA and its employees toughen up and act a bit more professionally? The problem is TSA, not the public.

Anonymous said...

Bold TSApologist,

Sigh.

Why do you continue making yourself look really bad by repeatedly saying things like your June 20, 2016 at 11:00am comment?

No traveler should have to "toughen up" to travel in this country. No innocent American should have to "toughen up" to deal with government employees, paid by our tax dollars. I believe someone said TSA stresses them out. Oh ya, that was you. If its too stressful, avoid it or learn to deal with stress. Just trying to help, not judging

You already know "Greyhound" can't cross oceans. (You do know that buses can't float, right?) are you being forced to travel across the ocean or are these choices you make? If they are choices, make better choices that fit your inability to deal with stress.

You already know business people travel all over the world to ply their trades, right? That is their choice as well

You already know parts of Alaska, all of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, etc. are not on Greyhound routes, right? fly private, Take a boat.

How much does the government pay you to take the fall? wouldn't that be nice. Im just here offering you viable solutions for people who cannot deal with the incredible stress caused by TSA. Not all solutions will fit each persons choice of destinations. Thus, multiple alternatives were suggested. Pick one that fits your needs. You're welcome.

Wintermute said...

Why should the American public be forced to change the way they travel, based on a non-existent (according to TSA's Congressional testimony) threat? Doesn't it make more sense to focus on actual threats instead of causing fear and panic among the flying public? Unless, of course, fear and panic are the goal. In which case, to what end?

Fix the TSA said...

So sad. So very sad.

Boldy, how long does it take to travel by boat from the East Coast of the USA to Alaska?

How much does it cost to charter a private jet from Puerto Rico to Orlando?

You're not offering anything but excuses for the TSA and blame for innocent travelers.

You blame business people for wanting to work and feed their families.

You blame pleasure travelers for wanting to see the world.

You keep saying you're providing "choices," when you know they are not viable, nor ones you would choose yourself. You keep saying people are "choosing" to be abused by the TSA and that they ALWAYS have a viable choice in whether they travel or not.

You're also blaming me, an innocent taxpayer, for the failed, unnecessary, and intrusive practices of the TSA.

How much does the TSA pay you or your friend/family member to blame everyone but the TSA?/