Tips To Avoid Long Wait Times at the Airport
I’ve been traveling long enough to know ways to get around the long lines and wait times at the airport. When booking a flight I’ve always found it better to book early morning flights to avoid the crowd. Travelers generally don’t like to get up early if they can avoid it so for me, this is the perfect time to travel. If flying early isn’t feasible for you then try the following tips to avoid long lines at the airport.
- Check-In Before Arrival: Many airlines have apps that allow you to check-in up to 24 hours before your flight. If an app isn’t available simply check in on the airlines site.
- Print out your boarding pass before leaving for the airport, in some cases you can even pay for your checked bag before you arrive at the airport. This allows you to go straight to check-in your bag or go straight to the gate.
- Sign up for flight alerts to your phone. I get a text everytime changes are made to my flight, that way I know if my plane is delayed before I even arrived at the airport.
- Keep your ID and boarding documents out. I have a travel wallet that I use that I keep money in for tips and id. Having this has made travel am much smoother process.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to maneuver. Remember you are going to have to remove your belt, shoes and everything from your pockets. So avoid wearing belts and shoes that are hard to remove.
- Make sure your carry on luggage follows TSA guidelines below.
3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.
3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, consider putting your liquids in checked luggage.
Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening.
So here you have my tips for avoiding long wait times at the airport, while you can control what other passengers do make sure you come prepared. This will make your trip much more enjoyable.
What are some of your tips for avoiding long wait times at the airport?