Airports can be gruesome, and their methods of protection are often a protracted process. Between the beginning of June until the end of August, there’s an estimated 237 million travelers flying in the U.S. Keeping that in mind, here are some solid ways to avoid crowds and make your airport visit expeditious.
Pack Light – When packing, don’t overdo it. Keep all of your small items on the top. It can easily cause you extra time if you have to dig in your luggage for something trivial. If possible, stick to carry-on luggage, and wait to buy certain toiletries that can cause your luggage to be examined.
Sign Up for TSA Pre-Check – A great benefit TSA offers is TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry. These programs include over 50 airlines, some being international. Once signed up, users will not have to adhere to most of the new airline procedures. The best part is that you will be able to use your fingerprints to board and as identification. Imagine the time you will save!
Download US Customs and Border Patrol Mobile Passport App – There are multiple apps that you can use to improve your travel experience, this particular one will breeze you through U.S. customs and Border Protection. It is currently accessible at 25 airports and one cruise port. With just a quick selfie and a few taps, you’ll be all set.
Know Current TSA Procedures – Knowing things like separating large electronics in their own bins, removing powders from carry-ons and knowing the weight of items that should be checked is important. You should be prepared so that you will not have to unpack and repack at the gate. You can easily stay prepared on social media by searching ‘AskTSA’ on Twitter and Facebook messenger. The agents are very responsive and available seven days a week.
Travel at Less Popular Times – When traveling early in the morning or late at night, you are certain to avoid crowds. Most people think to plan trips that fit their work and sleep schedules. Once you’ve breezed through your checkpoints, you can rest on the flight or while you wait. Another added perk of traveling this way is that tickets are cheaper. The best days are Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You should avoid Sundays at all costs, this is the most popular day of the week.
Now you’re all set! You are a professional traveler. With these tips, you are sure to have a smooth trip and avoid the common crowds.