Do You Dread Traveling by Air? Get Stressed Out? Maybe these tips can help.

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COVID has been defeated. Or so they tell us here in the States. We hope they are correct!

Travel is at a peak we have not seen in over a year; and people are taking to the air. Airports are crowded, lines are long, patience and tempers are short.

If you are planning to travel by air soon, there are ways to potentially avoid problems or delays with check-in and security, I have gathered a few tips that might help you navigate the system with less stress.

MASKS

As of this writing, TSA and all airlines require that you wear a face covering. Just like the pre-flight requirements –fasten your seat belt, tray tables and seat backs up, carry-ons stowed — airlines are requiring face coverings. Do it, please, or postpone your trip. Stay current with COVID restrictions and practices and security measures as they could change.

UNPACK TO REPACK

Have you ever gotten grilled by a TSA Agent because something showed up on their scanner that wasn’t allowed? I have. When traveling I like to pack a wine opener usually in my cosmetic bag. Traveling by car between trips, I forgot it was in with my cosmetics and packed them as usual. I got quite a grilling. It was embarrassing, time-consuming AND he kept my wine opener. Now I put it in my checked bag or leave it home. Empty all your bags and repack; you may even discover there are things you don’t need to take.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Check-in online. If you are not checking your bags, you can by-pass the check-in desk and get to TSA quicker.

Have your boarding pass and identification readily available for the TSA agent. The last thing you want is to have to dig thru your purse/wallet, bags or jacket pockets for your documents. The agent will appreciate it and the people waiting in line behind you will too. Check your local, state and Federal laws for acceptable proof of identification.

CHOOSE A LANE

Shorter is not always faster. Consider this — business travelers know the ropes, they prepare and can generally skip through TSA effortlessly. For example: A stroller is the equivalent of 4 people Choose accordingly. Also, choose an outside lane, people who are new to flying typically go to the first lane they get to (usually in the center). A few more steps and you are in.

Consider a Trusted Traveler Program, such as TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry, which allow for expedited security sessions. There is a cost but if you are a frequent traveler it might be worth the cost.

BE EARLY

Allow plenty of time to get to your flight. The last thing you want is to go through the Check-In and Security only to get to the gate and find the door closed or to see the plane leaving the gate.

Be considerate, be prepared and be patient.

Have you or do you plan to travel by air soon? Are you staying cautious and putting it off for awhile? What words of advice would you offer to someone traveling post-COVID?

6 thoughts on “Do You Dread Traveling by Air? Get Stressed Out? Maybe these tips can help.

  1. Excellent tips here. I love to travel but I’m kind of dreading getting back in the air again. It doesn’t look like it will be happening anytime soon so I’ve got some time to get my head around it.

    I 100% agree on Global Entry. I signed up a few years ago because I fly to the US several times a year. Best $50 I ever spent!

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  3. Great advice, and I would add, don’t leave anything in your pockets or in your hands. I got searched 3 times (very personal search too) and all I can figure out is that I had my passport card in my hand and then into my pocket. This set off the bells.

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