Seven tips to expedite your pre-boarding process
Megan Pinckney | 3/16/2017, 3:01 p.m.
Pick the right security line
If you have been reading my articles, then you know that I believe every traveler should sign up for TSA pre-check as it truly makes traveling so much easier. Therefore, in my opinion, the “right” security line is the TSA pre-check line. However, if you do not have access to the TSA pre-check line you should use your surroundings to determine which security line will get you through the quickest. There is no rule that says you must use the line that is suggested to you, especially if your departure airport’s terminals are all connected. Use your best judgment to determine which line you should stand in. Pay close attention to the TSA agents working the line. Choose lines that have agents that seem to be moving travelers through quickly or lines that have more than one agent working.
Have your documents ready
If everyone in the world followed this step I’m sure we could cut a fraction of the time people wait in security lines. Don’t be that person who must scramble through their belongings—have your documents ready! That means have your photo ID or passport and boarding pass out and ready to be viewed before you reach the TSA agent. If you are using your passport, have the passport open to the appropriate page. And if you are using your phone to store your boarding pass, have the
app up and ready.
On travel days, make everyone’s life easier by choosing an appropriate outfit. By that I mean do not arrive to the airport fully decked out in all your jewels. Wear very little metal so that you will not have to take all those pieces off while standing next to the conveyer belt, holding up the line behind you. If you want to accessorize your outfit, keep those pieces in a little bag in your carry-on so you can put them on as soon as you go through security. Be sure to think about the metal detector when you are choosing your belt that morning too! Traveler’s shoes are also a huge factor when it comes to slowing down security lines. If you are going through the TSA pre-check line, you will be able to keep your shoes on. However, if you are wearing heels or any other shoes with metal in the sole you will be asked to take them off. Avoid slowing down the line down by not wearing those shoes while you’re going through security. If you are going through the regular security line you must take off your shoes. Prepare for that by avoiding shoes that are difficult to remove. That simple!
Have your laptop stored conveniently
No matter if you are going through the regular security line, or through the TSA pre-check line, keep your laptop stored in a place that is easy to access. That way when you must remove it (not all TSA pre-check lines allow you to keep your laptop in your bag) it will take little to no time.
Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.