If you’re like me, the last thing you want on a business trip or on a vacation is to waste time in airport security. That’s what happens, of course, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
By taking certain precautions, you can avoid time delays such as having to empty your carry-on bag or dealing with what are inane questions for you.
To breeze through airport security, here are some recommendations:
Follow Twitter accounts for flight news
Here is a sample of Twitter accounts that will inform you about travel issues — from travel waivers to new routes:
For your notebook computer, use a TSA-approved bag
Yes, there are checkpoint-friendly bags, which mean you won’t have to unpack your computer.
Precautions about what and how to pack
TSA has regulations concerning what’s allowed in your checked and carry-on bags. Got a question, again you can tweet the TSA, @AskTSA.
Plan what to wear on the flight
Keep your pockets empty as possible.
Avoid wearing certain clothing items so you’re not hassled unnecessarily. That means not wearing a belt or wearing jewelry. Wear basic slip-on shoes.
Use Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
If you’re flying internationally, consider applying for Global Entry. For $100, it will get you through airport security faster and avoid customs. It includes the benefits of TSA PreCheck.
TSA PreCheck means a fast airport security process. You’ll have to apply online and in person. You’ll get a five-year permit for $85.
Take advantage of the Mobile Passport App
Mobile Passport is a free app authorized by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. It does not require a background check, personal interview or pre-approval. Even though the app is not recognized everywhere, more than two dozen airports and a few cruise ports do.
If you pay $15 for Mobile Passport Plus, included are a document scanner and passport storage.
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