With the busy summer travel season in full swing, extra-crowded airports and a record number of travelers projected to take to the skies this year, the need for a way to ease through security checkpoints has never been greater.1 Whether you’re traveling with your family for vacation or you’re a business traveler flying interstate to a meeting, here are six tips to help bypass the crowds and breeze through airport security:
- Sign Up for TSA Pre✓®: If eligible, this expedited way of traveling typically allows passengers to keep their shoes, belts and light outerwear on, as well as to leave laptops and TSA-compliant liquids inside carry-on bags.
- Try Other Travel Programs: Business and leisure travelers alike may enjoy great benefits from Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI, which allow travelers to move quickly through the customs process, across borders when traveling internationally. Check out thiscomparison chart to see which Trusted Traveler Program best fits the trip you are planning.
- Match Your ID to Your Booking: When securing your travel booking, be sure to enter your name as it appears on your driver’s license or state-issued ID. If these do not match at a security checkpoint, your travels may be delayed.
- Double-check for Banned Items: Let’s face it, even the savviest of travelers sometimes slip up while packing their carry-on luggage. As a rule of thumb, check your bags before arriving at the airport, as prohibited items in your carry-on could lead to revocation of your expedited traveler privileges.
- ID your Electronics: Laptops, cameras and phones can inadvertently be left behind at security checkpoints due to the nature of the screening process. Always take a second look at security checkpoint bins to be sure you have all of your items. Remember to label belongings with your contact information so items can be returned safely to you if you leave them behind. Alternatively, contact the TSA lost and found service.
- Mind Your Carry-on: Try not to overpack your carry-on bag. Stuffing everything in one piece of luggage may save a little money on a checked-bag fee, but could cost you more in time wasted. A jam-packed bag may slow down the screening process and the security checkpoint line, potentially setting off alarms as the bag progresses through the X-ray machine.
Visit the Transportation and Security Administration website for more great tips on expedited security, passport advice, crossing U.S. borders, and more.