For those who choose to travel this summer, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) suggests five simple tips to get through airport checkpoints quickly and efficiently.
Tip 1: Enroll in TSA PreCheck® in “Travel Fast.” By signing up for TSA PreCheck, airplane passengers can avoid having to remove 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 changes will help those who spend time preparing for the TSA checkpoint be more likely to avoid delays and physical contact. Check for prohibited items by using “What Can I Bring?” page on TSA.gov.
Tip 3: Know before you go. Plan to arrive at the airport several hours of check-in, check bags, and complete security screening on time to avoid tense sprints toward the departure gate. At the TSA checkpoint, having a valid ID card is handy.
Tip 4: Contact the TSA for help if you have questions or concerns. Those preparing to travel and may have special circumstances, considerations or general questions about airport screening can get live help by tweeting questions and comments on @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 U.S. 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 rare conditions.
Travelers can submit a request for assistance by calling TSA Cares at 855-787-2227. Passengers can 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 is edited for clarity and curated manually for mobile readers.