Insider Secrets To Avoid Delays At Airport Security
Airport security is important but can be stressful. Following these simple guidelines from mystufflostandfound.com will streamline the process to get travelers and their belongings quickly and securely on their way and a global lost and found service if any valuables become lost.
1. Avoid wearing clothes with snaps, metal buttons, or loose fitting clothes or headgear that could potentially conceal a weapon.
2. While waiting in line, remove piercings, belt buckles, watches, bracelets, change, keys and any other metal items. Temporarily store them in a carry-on bag.
3. Shoes still need to be removed at security. Slip-ons are faster and easier.
4. Know the 3-1-1 Rule for liquids: 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.
5. Medications are not subject to the 3.4 ounce (100 ml) limit but should be easily accessible for inspection.
6. Check ahead with TSA about questionable items (see “valuable contacts” below).
7. Have a government issued photo ID and boarding pass in-hand before entering the security line.
8. Security rules vary overseas. Be respectful and calm.
Laptops and Other Electronics Need Extra Protection
1. Special “checkpoint-friendly” laptop bags (no metal, x-ray friendly) eliminate the need to remove the laptop at checkpoints.
2. Security may request that laptops and other electronics be turned on to demonstrate that they function normally so batteries should be kept charged.
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Traveling with Children
1. Take children out of baby carriers before getting to the metal detector.
2. Children twelve and under can leave their shoes on during screening.
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1. Use Internet resources to keep track of schedule changes and security wait times.
2. Communicate with TSA personnel if you have equipment or a condition that require special consideration. Discreet “Disability Notification Cards” are available from TSA.
3. Turn off any electronics that might distract from the screening process.
4. The shortest line isn’t always the best option. Look for the fastest moving line.
5. Travelers that qualify for special programs can streamline the security process. Google “Global Entry”, “Trusted Traveler Programs”, “TSA Pre-Check Program” and “Frequent-Flyer Programs”.
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2. SMS and email notifications of flight status link: http://www.flightstats.com/go/Home/home.do
3. Wait times at airports link: https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/wait_times_home.aspx
4. TSA Contact Center: 1-866-289-9673| Email: tsa-contactcenter(at)dhs(dot)gov | Website: tsa.gov/
5. TSA mobile app “MyTSA” for iPhones provides answers to common questions and airport information such as flight delays.
6. TSA’s pre-check program: tsa.gov/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2
7. Trusted Traveler Programs: cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trusted_traveler/