In the years since 9/11 airline travel has become increasingly more stressful for those who travel on a regular basis. Depending on what airports you will be visiting as part of your travels will make a huge difference in what kind of experience you will be in for when you make your next trip.
One of the biggest concerns for airline travel is the amount of airport security that has been implemented over the years. In the years before 9/11, it was up to each and every airport and airlines to handle the security details in their given airport. However, after 9/11 it was determined that this was not going to be acceptable and a new system was put in place.
All of the airport security was turned over to a government agency called the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) and a whole lot of new rules and regulations were put into place. As you can imagine all of these changes made airline travel an absolute nightmare and again depending on what airports you will be visiting, you will want to give yourself at 1.5 to 3 hours of extra time to be able to get through airport security.
For this article, we put together some tips that will definitely help you to minimize the trouble and time it will take you to get through airport security.
Give yourself plenty of time to get through security – Always check with the airport that you will be departing from to figure out how early you should arrive before your flight is scheduled to depart to be sure you have enough time to get through security.
Know that they are only doing their job and comply – One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is to do everything that you are told by any TSA agent. They are well trained and the more you comply with their instructions the easier your experience will be.
Look into signing up for TSA Preflight Check – TSA Preflight Check is a brand new program that the TSA came up with at most airports and it involves a series of screenings that are taken care of before you even get to the airport and you will allow passing through a much simpler checkpoint system.
Check the TSA website for rules for allowable items – It is a really good idea to visit the TSA website and become familiar with the rules and regulations before your scheduled flight so that you know what kinds of things they are checking for.
Check into TSA recommended luggage and computer bags – Since so many things have changed since 9/11 regarding carrying on baggage and laptop computers, it would be a good idea to plan for this ahead of time a select TSA friendly luggage and bags.
Have all documents ready beforehand – In order to get through airline security you have to have several documents and it is wise to have everything handy to ensure you get to give them to the TSA in a timely manner.
Carry on as little as possible – Since all carry-on luggage must go through a series of thorough inspections, it would be smart to check as much of your luggage as you can. This will help to speed up your time in the security line.