The amount of travelers is up and so are the wait times to get through the TSA security lines. If you don’t leave enough time to get through security checkpoints you stand a good chance of missing flights and in some cases sleeping overnight in the airport. Recent news headlines are full of record numbers of passengers in the U.S., coupled with a 10% reduction of TSA screening personnel has lead passengers standing in hours-long lines at a growing number of U.S. airports. The TSA says it’s taking measures to solve the problem, but has nonetheless warned a difficult summer may lie ahead before a significant improvement in wait times is seen.
Speed through TSA with these 10 tips:
1. Check the TSA line wait -on this site before you leave home to make sure you leave yourself enough time to get through the line.
2. Don’t forget your socks to avoid having your feet touch the dirty airport floor. If you wish to avoid removing your shoes, join TSA’s Pre Check Program.
3. Wear the right shoes: Skip shoes with buckles and laces, slip-ons are the fastest.
4. Pick the right line: Pick the TSA checkpoint farthest to the left. Research shows that the majority of people are right handed so, therefore, head right. Do the opposite and go left. You’ll be breezing through security faster than most of your fellow travelers.
5. Liquids. Don’t forget the 3-1-1 Rule. You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule.
6. Remove all jewelry that might set off a metal detector and put it in your carry-on bag. You can put it on again after going through screening.
7. Don’t be that person who needs 17 bins for their belongings. Travel light. Laptop in 1 bin. Keys, boarding pass and wallet can be stuffed into your carry-on. Shoes/Sneakers do not need to go into a bin.
8. TSA has an app “My TSA” to help you with questions you may have before you go iPhone/Android
9. Look for TSA approved luggage locks.
10. Keep your pockets empty.
Bins are dirty. Don’t forget to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after.