THE FAST TRACK THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY


I'm thankful for thorough airport security. I have to admit, I really try to focus on that when I'm going through the sometimes frustrating process. When trying to make a connection I've been stressed out over it more then once, and even missed flights because of long lines in security. Plan to arrive 2 hours before your flight (more if going international). Having extra time in case of traffic, long lines, or getting screened more thoroughly will save you stress. If you’re traveling during a holiday or the peak summer months, leave even more time since it will be much busier. Have your boarding pass and I.D. ready to present as you enter security. If there is an international leg of your flight your I.D. should be your passport. Know what is not allowed in your carry-on luggage. You can find a list on the TSA's website. First check your boarding pass to see if you have randomly been selected for TSA PreCheck. This allows you to keep your coat, belt, and shoes on. You may also keep your laptops and liquids in your carry-on. If you don't get PreCheck all of these things will need to be removed and go into the bins for screening. You can purchase PreCheck if you fly a lot. You can also purchase a 5 year Global Pass if you fly frequently including international flights. It requires a security interview. Todd and Rhonda have done this and find it was worth the money and effort given their frequent travels. If you did not get PreCheck you'll want to empty your pockets and remove anything metal like watches and belts. If you have a TSA notification card or other medical documentation, make sure you can show it to the officer. You may get a pat-down screening instead It's a good idea to wear comfortable slip on shoes to avoid tying and untying strings. If you are over 75 you have some special allowances which includes keeping your shoes on. The rule on carry on liquids is they must each be less then 3.4 ounces and they should be grouped in a 1 quart plastic bag. This is also known as the 3-1-1 rule. Medications and baby formula's are exempt. If you brought a beverage, make sure you pour it out or drink it before you get to security. You can refill water bottles once you are through. As you exit security, make sure you have all your belongings. I donated a really nice pair of sunglasses to Reagan International Airport TSA. Everything you need to know about airport security can be found on the TSA website. This includes a lot of brief videos. Happy and SAFE travels as you fly through security frustration free!


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