February 26th, 2015
Most people either love or hate the airport. To some, the airport represents the freedom of the open skies and an island destination for a week of relaxation and fun in the sun. To others, it’s too crowded and just another obstacle between them and their destination. Whatever the airport is for you, one fact remains: there are plenty of things you can do to make your airport experience better. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about how to make getting through the airport a faster and less stressful experience.
7 Airport Tips
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the least busy times at the airport. This is because vacation travelers usually travel on the weekends, and business travelers travel most on Mondays and Fridays. If you can make a Tuesday or Wednesday work with your schedule, don’t hesitate to book a trip on these days.
A number of expedited screening programs are available for travelers to allow them to get through security faster. The TSA offers a PreCheck program, and U.S. Customs offers a Global Entry program for international travelers. It takes a little work to obtain membership, but if you’re a frequent traveler, it may well be worth it.
Double-Check Luggage Rules
Rules about what you can and can’t bring on a plane can be very confusing. Information on prohibited items is available here from the TSA. With regard to liquids, remember the 3-1-1 rule:
3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.
Most airlines allow you to check in online as long as you do it a few hours in advance. Save yourself some time and print your boarding pass at home!
Get There Early
Arrive two hours early for a domestic flight, and three for international. This might seem excessive, but if something comes up, you’ll be glad you had extra time to handle the issue. This is especially important if you’re checking baggage.
The TSA is pretty good about telling you what you need to do while you’re in line at the security checkpoint. But as an intro:
Have your boarding pass and ID in hand.
Take off your shoes, belt, coat, jewelry, and remove metal objects from your pockets.
Take your laptop out of your bag and put it in the tray to be X-rayed.
Call For Service
If an issue comes up that requires you talk to the airline, don’t wait in line for customer service. You’ll be able to get a hold of someone faster on the phone.
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