While you might enjoy the destination, not many of us like the process of traveling. There are increasing regulations at airports around the U.S. and the world, and long lines at security as a result. The goal is to get through the airport quickly, and with minimal hassle so you don’t miss your flight, and you might even have a chance to relax before it’s time to board.
So how can you make that happen? Is it possible to get through the airport faster and make your entire travel experience go more smoothly?
Know the Rules
The best thing you can do for yourself is familiarize yourself with TSA and FAA rules before you ever go to the airport. They change often, so it’s good to make sure you check them regularly.
For example, depending on where you’re traveling from there may be specific guidelines on not just liquids, but how you can bring items such as vaporizing equipment, lithium ion batteries, and electronic devices onto the plane.
There aren’t just TSA rules to consider, but also specific airline rules to think about. If you do your research ahead-of-time, you won’t find yourself digging through your carry-on at security trying to figure out what you can and can’t take.
Once you get to security, you need to be prepared as well. Go ahead and take your liquids and laptops out and be ready well before you step up to the security area.
Download Your Airline’s App
Airline apps can go a long way in helping you get through the airport more quickly. If you already have your airline’s app on your phone, you can check in before you get to the airport and have your boarding pass ready to go, rather than having to wait at the ticketing counter.
You’ll also have real-time access to any delays or gate changes, so you’ll know where to go before you ever get to the airport.
Take Advantage of TSA PreCheck
If you travel frequently, or even just a few times a year, TSA PreCheck is an excellent option to help you get through the airport more quickly.
PreCheck gives you access to an expedited security line, and you don’t have to remove your shoes, jacket, laptop or certain liquids from your bag.
Check Your Bags
Traveling with just a carry-on can seem like it would be the easiest option, but ultimately a lot of travelers figure out it’s not. First, it slows down security screening time, but also with full flights most of the time you’ll end up having to check it anyway. That can slow you down getting on the plane and getting off.
It can be better just to go ahead and check your bag at the counter and breeze through security.
Finally, be polite. If you travel often, you’ve undoubtedly seen disgruntled travelers arguing with airport staff. It’s easy to get frustrated with the travel experience, but being rude or angry is only going to slow you down, so it’s best to keep calm and remain polite if you want things to move along more quickly.