Flying these days has become a hassle on so many levels. One of the worst inconveniences is getting through the lines at a TSA checkpoint. It takes a lot of patience to get through TSA airport security without losing your sanity.
There are so many hoops you have to jump through today in order to get on a plane. We all want to remain safe in today’s flying atmosphere. So some stress from cumbersome rules and regulations in addition to the overall hassles associated with travel, is expected. However, you want to minimize delays and problems as much as possible.
Using a carryon for your gear is one way you can avoid the big picture frustrations like lost luggage, waiting on your baggage to come down the carrel and those high checked baggage fees. But using this option means you and your baggage must go through security. Additionally it could mean your bags could be pulled aside for additional screening which is an additional assault on your time.
Nevertheless, there are some things you can do to help avoid personal scrutiny and delay at screening and get you through lines faster.
TIPS For Getting Through Airport Security Lines
Using a laptop backpack that is TSA friendly to hold your laptop means it does not have to be removed from the bag for the agent to screen. That can save a lot of time and at the same time keep your laptop or tablet with your other items avoiding risk of someone walking off with them.
Knowing TSA rules and regulations beforehand can also help speed you through the lines. Here are some suggestions for obeying their rules and getting you to the gate without too many hassles.
- 1. Use quart size zipper bags and place your containers filled with liquids, aerosols, creams, gels, paste and sprays inside them. These items should be no more than 3.4 oz. each. While travel toiletry bags are nice, plain, see-thru bags are much better and faster if they need to be inspected by hand.
- 2. Use special TSA locks on your bags like Safe Skies and Brinks. TSA has tools that can open these locks to inspect your bag’s contents if needed. This allows you to lock your bags with minimum risk of the lock being damaged if the bag needs to be opened for inspection
- 3. Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before scheduled departure time. This seems obvious, but many people miss flights when they run into unexpected long lines for security screening.
- 4. Wear shoes that are easily removable. Also obvious, but sometimes forgotten until you get to the line and realize you have to untie your shoes or deal with tight boots.
- 5. Avoid wearing unnecessary jewelry that must be removed.
- 6. Keep coins and any small metal objects you may have in your pocket to a minimum.
TSA Pre Check
If your stress level at airport screening lines is really low, you may want to look into TSA’s Pre Check program. For $85 which covers a 5 year period, flyers in this program do not have to remove their belts, shoes, take off their coats or remove their laptops.
If you are a frequent international flyer, it’s worth considering a pre-check airline program like Global Entry Cost is $100 and valid for 5 years. This global system allows low-risk flyers to bypass the same type of nuisances as the TSA Pre Check program.
Such friendly, easy-to-implement steps can speed up your journey and ease your stress level so that your travel will be more enjoyable.