Travel Tips for Summer Travel



The #1 tip: Get to the airport early

NEW YORK — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) normally screens nearly 2 million passengers daily. With passenger volumes up more than 7 percent over the same time period last year, TSA expects passenger volumes to drastically increase throughout the remainder of March as spring breakers take to the skies to visit climates conducive to taking in a spring training game, lounging on a sandy beach, visiting a theme park or heading north for some spring skiing. The number one travel tip this spring is to get to the airport early—two hours before a domestic flight or three hours prior to an international departure.


Passenger preparedness can have a significant impact on wait times at security checkpoints nationwide. To facilitate the security screening process, TSA is reminding travelers to follow these tips:

·        Arrive early to the airport to allow enough time to park, get your boarding pass, check your baggage, and go through the checkpoint. We recommend arriving at U.S. airports up to three hours prior to international flights and up to two hours prior to domestic flights if not enrolled in TSA Pre✓®.

·        Print out your boarding passes prior to arriving at the airport.

·        Know what is in your bag. Passengers who bring prohibited items to the checkpoint slow the screening process for themselves and everyone behind them. If in doubt about an item, use the “When I fly can I bring my…” tool on to make sure your item is permitted in carry-on and/or checked baggage.

·        Pack your liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in compliance with the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Passengers who violate this rule will also cause delays for themselves and everyone behind them.

·         Remove all items from your pockets and put the items into your carry-on bag or into a bin when you get to the checkpoint. You may save time if you remove everything from your pockets before you get to the checkpoint.

·        Reduce the amount of congestion in your carry-on bag. Doing so will enable it to move through screening faster.

·        Avoid wearing large metal jewelry or clothing with large metal embellishments to reduce the possibility of alarming the screening machine.

·        Pay close attention to the instructions that the TSA officers provide at the checkpoint. This helps the process move along efficiently.

·        Follow @AskTSA on Twitter. We’re responding to your questions in real time on Twitter from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.


MORE TIP from TSA: 15 Travel Tips to Get Through TSA Security


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May 23, 2016 |

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