How to Get Through TSA Lines Smoothly

There is nothing more nerve wracking than a long line when you are short on time. It's even worse when you have a plane to catch! You can be the best planner with you pre-printed boarding pass, your carefully packed bags and still you can happen upon a line that's longer than something you'd find on a new Disney ride. If you've ever been faced with the prospect of missing a plane, I've got some tips that will help you effortlessly get through TSA lines more quickly so you can be sitting at your gate with plenty of time to gather your thoughts.

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The Effortless Way to Get Through TSA Lines 

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It's no secret that it's sometimes both frustrating and time-consuming to get through TSA lines. Keep reading, for a few tips to make the process smoother. You won't regret it!

  • Make sure all the paperwork you need is ready to go, as you wait in line. It may not seem like much to remember. But, it's worth taking a moment to check before it's your turn at the checkpoint.
  • Invest in a TSA-friendly laptop carrier. These bags are designed to hold your laptop and other valuables. Even more convenient, they open up and lay flat so that they go through the X-Ray machine with ease.
  • Every electronic device you carry on with you has to be individually checked by TSA. Save a lot of time by packing any electronics you don't need during the flight with the rest of your luggage.
  • In order to pass through the metal detector, you're required to take off your shoes. So, the process goes quicker when you wear easy-to-remove styles. So think, before you get dressed!
  • Often times, the worst part of dealing with airport security is waiting in line. When you're picking which line to stand in, consider how long it may take the people ahead of you to get through. If families in one line have lots of children or carry-ons, it can easily take more time to get processed.
  • Maintain a positive attitude while you wait. If you let yourself become anxious or agitated, it will seem to take much longer to get through the line. Also, be cooperative and polite with TSA Personnel once your baggage is being checked. Remember, they're only doing their job.
  • Download an app. GateGuru is just one example of apps developed to make your time spent at the airport less exasperating. It gives you a heads-up on real-time wait times for your specific security check lane.
  • Consider joining a PreCheck program. We are NEXUS members and it's been an incredible time saver. As a member you also get to keep your shoes on and your electronics safely stored. 
These are just a few ways to get through TSA lines faster. As you can see, it's not a matter of rocket science. Most of it is plain 'ole common sense!

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