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Travel Tip Thursday: Airline Security

As the world opens back up, more and more people are getting out of the house and into the air. People are TRAVELING! I can’t say that I blame anyone. After being cooped up in the house for a year, most people are ready to be out and about and take postponed vacations. As exciting as traveling can be, there are some things that you should always keep in mind. This post is going to give you just a few tips on airline travel.

When it comes to security, there are different types. Take a look and figure out what’s best for you.

(1) Clear: Allows you to bypass the TSA line however, you are still required to remove shoes, jackets, etc before being scanned (Subscription required)

(2) TSA-Pre: Allows you to bypass the TSA line as well as NOT having to remove shoes, clothing articles, etc. (Subscription required)

(3) Global Entry: Gives you the perks of Clear and TSA-Pre, as well as Mobile Passport Access. This is perfect for frequent international travelers. (Subscription required)

Here are more tips when it comes to airline travel…

(1) Get to the airport EARLY!!! It is suggested 3 hours prior to departure for international travel and 2 hours prior to departure for domestic travel. I suggest giving yourself even more time than that due to the TSA and airline staffing shortages. (2) Read airline policies BEFORE purchasing your ticket so there will not be any surprises. (3) Know the baggage limits BEFORE arriving to the airport.

(4) DO NOT pack medicine, keys, laptops, or ID in checked luggage.

(5) When traveling with children, come prepared! Bring extra diapers, snacks, clothing, formula, etc.

(6) When asking for assistance, have the city you are traveling to, the flight number, and the time of your flight ready to provide to the agent.

(7) Know that delays and cancellations may happen. Be prepared!!! Also, remember, it is not the airline employees fault. (8) DO NOT book a flight for the same day as important events such as a wedding, graduation, funeral, cruise, etc.

(9) If possible, have extra funds in the event you need a hotel. Airlines DO NOT ALWAYS cover hotel costs. (10) Bring your patience and common sense with you!

I hope you have a safe and exciting summer! Now, fasten your seat belts, put those phone in airplane mode, and lets TAKE FLIGHT!


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