The partial closure of the government has forced agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work without pay, leading to significant calls, terminal closures and longer detection lines at airports throughout the country. Travelers should follow these tips to successfully navigate airport security checkpoints in the middle of closing.
It is always recommended that pbadengers arrive at the airport two or three hours before their scheduled departure, depending on whether they are flying nationally or internationally. It has never been so imperative that travelers pay attention to that advice.
Check waiting times in advance
It is always wise to know before going. Just when you check the status of your flight before arriving at the airport, look at the waiting times for security. Some airports will post estimated wait times on their website, as well as useful updates through Twitter. However, travelers should not take estimates such as the Gospel, as they are only estimates and are subject to change without prior notice.
Download the MyTSA application
The MyTSA application is also an excellent resource, as it allows users to verify information about delays and current weather conditions at their specific airport, as well as to see how busy their airport is on the date of their trip based on historical data. Those are just some of the useful features.
Pack carefully to make sure your bags pbad through the checkpoint as fast as you. Try to keep your clothes down with your toiletries and electronic devices the size of the trip on top for easy inspection.
Of course, traveling can be stressful and an unexpectedly long line of detection can aggravate that frustration. However, it is important to put yourself in the place of a TSA agent. Not only are they not paid, they probably work overtime in the middle of closing, so be kind, respectful and grateful. You can vent on the long lines later while you wait at the door.
Leave prohibited items at home
This is a good idea, regardless of the situation, since packing a forbidden item could cause headaches not only to you, but to your fellow travelers, who will be forced to wait longer. Click here to find out what you can and can not bring.
Staying on the safety line is never the time to disconnect, especially as you approach the front. Stay alert so you can get everything out of your pockets, take off your shoes and be completely ready when it's your turn.
Enroll in TSA PreCheck
TSA PreCheck is a no-brainer for travelers even long after the partial closure of the government ends. A membership of five years will only cost you $ 85 and will make the evaluation faster and less demanding. According to TSA, 93 percent of TSA PreCheck pbadengers waited less than 5 minutes in November 2018.
This story was originally published by TravelPulse.