Travel If You Want to Spend Less Time Waiting in Line at Airport Security, Do This

03:30  12 october  2017
03:30  12 october  2017 Source:   southernliving.com

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Long TSA wait times while you travel? Try this to get through checkpoint security at the airport faster. “It can be expensive but passengers are led to the front of the the lines , which is a boon if you ’re the type who makes it to the airport with little time to spare.”

If you want to reduce your waiting time in line , ask an airport official (e.g. a gate attendant or security agent) for assistance. Some large airports have security lines in different locations that lead to the same place.

  If You Want to Spend Less Time Waiting in Line at Airport Security, Do This © Bloomberg via Getty Images

In recent years, navigating airport security has become a huge stressor for countless travelers. Of course, our safety is paramount, but the long lines have created problems of their own. For some, enrolling in TSA PreCheck and/or newcomer CLEAR isn’t worth the time and money, so waiting in lengthy security lines has become the norm.

Well, here is a fast-pass to relaxing at 30,000-feet: Head to the security checkpoint farthest to the left. According to PopSugar, it’s the best way to find the shortest line in your terminal since research shows that most people intuitively turn right (due to most people being right-handed). But if you log some extra steps and proceed to the security point as far left as you can go, this could even be the difference between making it through airport security in time and missing your flight.

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The popular app, which costs annually for the pro version, just launched a security wait time feature, starting with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport “Letting travelers know how long they’ll spend in the security line helps them make the most out of their valuable time ," said Jen Moyse

The TSA has created a helpful (and free!) app that features security wait times , a guide to TSA rules, airport status updates, and instant Instead of spending endless hours switching […] Want to Arrive On Time ? Consider These Tips. Spring Break 2018: Vacation Rentals (and Florida) Still King.

As for sprinting all the way across the airport terminal? “The right carry-on bag [is key],” offers travel expert Dara Continenza of Hopper, an airfare-predicting app. “Choose a lightweight carry-on bag with four wheels that handles easily and can be lifted onto a table with little effort.” If you travel with a laptop, a bag with an outside compartment for your machine is particularly convenient for getting through security fast.

“Another way to beat long lines is to sign up for VIP treatment from your airline, if it’s offered, such as Delta’s Select service,” George Hobica the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com tells Southern Living. “It can be expensive but passengers are led to the front of the the lines, which is a boon if you’re the type who makes it to the airport with little time to spare.” You can buy priority security from United here, and here’s a link to American Airlines’ version.

This article was originally published on SouthernLiving.com

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A couple of years ago, I was flying back from a vacation in Central America with friends, and connecting through Miami airport. I deplaned and split up with my friends as we went through Customs. Then I zipped back through security to grab a shuttle to a satellite terminal to try to stand by on an earlier flight. That failed, so I made my way back to my airline’s main terminal and texted one friend to see if she wanted to find a restaurant.“I just now got through security,” she replied. “I’ve got to go to my gate now. Sorry!”I was stunned—it was a good two hours after our flight had touched down.

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