Are you one of those people who love to travel but hates to fly? For many travelers, this attitude begins with the tedious airport security check. In a perfect world, travelers would spend less time in line, avoid personal searches, and feel more relaxed overall. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can speed up the airport security process, especially if you’re willing to do some planning and preparation ahead of time.
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If you’re expecting to travel for business or pleasure anytime soon, you might want to consider the following tips:
- REGISTER FOR TSA PRECHECK
Since 2011, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has offered a Pre-check program that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited screening for domestic flights and some international flights. This program is available at more than 150 airports. If the process goes smoothly, registered travelers get a Known Traveler Number that helps expedite their airport security process. The approval process takes some time and planning, though, so if you’re interested in this option, don’t wait until the last minute. Additional information on this service can be found at www.tsa.gov/precheck.
- CONSIDER OTHER AIRPORTS
The main reason security checks can be tedious is a high volume of travelers. Booking a flight through a less-used airport can speed up the security process.
- PLAN AHEAD
If you’re not already familiar with the airport and its layout, do a little research before you go. Find out if curbside check-in is offered and if there’s more than one security checkpoint. If so, you might be able to go straight to a faster checkpoint. And, of course, print or download your boarding pass before you leave for the airport.
- GO CASUAL
Even if you’re dressed for business, it’s a good idea to bring a pair of slip-on shoes or slippers with you when you go through security. Leave your business shoes in your carry-on bag and wear the slip-on shoes in the airport to avoid fumbling with footwear at the scanner. Also, keep your clothes simple and avoid wearing a lot of jewelry or unnecessary items.
- KEEP A “SECURITY BAG”
When you’re emptying your pockets, taking off your belt and shoes to place them in the plastic bins, it’s easy to lose track of your items. Using a specific bag for all of these small items can help keep you organized and prevent any confusion, backtracking or lose.
- PACK SMART
It’s a good idea to pack your carry-on bag neatly. This will help move things along if your luggage needs to be opened by the TSA. Also, any liquids in your carry-on bags should be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less, and to make screening easier, these containers should all be packed in a single zip-lock plastic bag. Finally, remember to take out your laptop at the plastic bins and to unlock your luggage before you go through screening.
- ARRIVE ON TIME
Mistakes do happen, but they seem to happen more often if you’re running late and in a rush. Most major airlines suggest that travelers arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to a domestic flight and three hours prior to an international flight. One way to make sure that you arrive on time is to use a professional transportation service, such as Limousines of Connecticut. This also eliminates the parking process and is a safer and more comfortable experience than driving. It’s great for the return trip as well: Nothing beats knowing that a Limousines of Connecticut limousine or private car is waiting for you after a long flight.
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