TSA Advice on Getting Through Airports Faster

Securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia in a recent news release. Summer travelers can expect an increased security presence at airports nationwide, with 50 additional passenger canine teams in use compared to last summer, and 2,000 more TSA officers working this summer compared to a year ago.

With more people and security at the airports, here’s some advice from the TSA on how to move through airports as quickly and conveniently as possible, courtesy of Odenton Patch.

Arrive early to the airport. To help speed the security screening process, travelers should get to the airport early, authorities say, preferably two hours ahead of a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. You want to build in extra time for traffic, to park or return rental cars, check bags, get a boarding pass and visit the restroom—all before heading to the security checkpoint.

Prepare for security when packing. Put large liquids, gels, creams, and aerosols into checked bags—think shampoo, conditioner, suntan lotion, shaving cream, and antiperspirant. If you only have a carry-on bag, make sure all of your liquids follow the 3-1- 1 rule. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less and all bottles must fit in a single quart-size plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. Let the TSA officer know right away if you’re traveling with larger quantities of medically-necessary liquid medications or breast milk or formula.

Know security line etiquette. The key to moving through the security checkpoint line quickly and easily is being prepared and knowing what’s expected of you. Consider minimizing items that you wear to the airport such as bulky jewelry, scarves, hair accessories, large belts and other bulky items that are likely to require additional screening. Remove all items from your pockets and put them into one of your carry-on bags so you won’t lose them.

Wear shoes that are easy to get on and off as you go through security screening. Empty your pockets before heading through the checkpoint screening equipment. Another time saver is to make sure you don’t have any prohibited items, such as various knives in your carry-on bags.

According to the TSA, prohibited items detected at a checkpoint will slow a checkpoint line, as they’ll require bag-checks, tests for traces of explosives and finally, rescreening through the X-ray equipment.

When you enter the checkpoint line have an acceptable ID and boarding pass ready to hand to the TSA officer. Once you get to the screening tables, remove large electronics including laptops and your 3-1- 1 liquids bag from your carry-on baggage.

Apply for TSA Pre PreCheck allows for an expedited airport security experience. With a 5 year, $85 membership, you can speed through security and don’t need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets at more than 180 U.S. airports. For more information about TSA Pre, visit the frequently asked questions page on TSA.gov.

Source: Odenton Patch