For those who choose to travel this summer, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) suggests five simple tips to get through airport checkpoints quickly and efficiently.
Tip 1: Enroll in TSA PreCheck® to “Travel with Ease.” By enrolling in TSA PreCheck, airline passengers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops, and light jackets at the TSA checkpoint. As a result, in April 2022, about 94% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes at the checkpoint.
Tip 2: Pack smart; start with empty bags. Technology and modifications help those who take the time to come prepared for the TSA checkpoint are far more likely to avoid delay and physical contact. Check for prohibited items by using the “What Can I Bring?” page on TSA.gov.
Tip 3: Know before you go. Plan to arrive at the airport in plenty of time to check in, check bags, and complete security screening in time to avoid stressful sprints to the departure gate. At the TSA checkpoint, have a valid ID card readily available.
Tip 4: Contact TSA for help if there are questions or concerns. Those who are preparing to travel and may have special circumstances, considerations or general questions about airport screening can get live assistance by tweeting questions and comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. You can also call the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673.
Tip 5: Face masks are optional but recommended. The US CDC offers recommendations for domestic travel during COVID-19 and for international travel on its website at CDC.gov.
The TSA also offers TSA Cares, a helpline for travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, and other exceptional circumstances.
Travelers can submit a request for assistance by calling TSA Cares at 855-787-2227. Passengers may also use the TSA Cares form available on the TSA website, which can be found at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/passenger-support.
Note: This TSA information was edited for clarity and manually curated for mobile readers.