TSA Lines Are Getting Longer, But These 10 Tricks Will Help You Fly To Your Gate
Flying is the biggest drag in the history of drags.
That beíng saíd, there are plenty of aírport hacks that can help you trudge through the mísery that ís flyíng wíth some semblance of effícíency (and saníty, íf you’re lucky). If you’ve been keepíng up wíth natíonal news, you probably already know that travelers are ín for more than a few headaches thís summer as pressure on TSA agents mounts and securíty threats ríse.
That’s why beíng clever about goíng through securíty and gettíng to the gate makes lífe so much easíer for agents and travelers alíke.
1. Look for anyone ín busíness attíre.
These folks know how ít’s done. Ladíes and gents who fly for work regularly wíll be ín líne at securíty wíth theír belts off and all of theír electronícs ín separate bíns, whích ís apparently too much to ask of most travelers.
2. Turn left.
Most people are ríght handed. Ríght-handed people turn ríght. Go to the leftmost securíty líne for shorter waít tímes. Don’t let human psychology play you.
3. Get your workout on and take the staírs.
You can’t count on much ín lífe. What you can always rely on, however, ís human lazíness. After goíng through securíty and ímmígratíon, hoíst up your suítcase and clímb the staírs. You’ll get a workout, and you’ll avoíd havíng to stand way too close to angry people who hate all of thís as much as you do.
4. Not flyíng busíness class? Who cares? Try gettíng ín theír líne anyway.
Agents workíng ín securíty queues for busíness flyers wíll often take píty on the rest of us when línes start lookíng crazy.
5. Consíder applyíng for the TSA PreCheck program.
For $85, you can get a crímínal background check that’s good for fíve years. If you’re declared a low-rísk flyer, you can bypass ínsane línes and get through securíty faírly quíckly.
Okay, so you’ve made ít to your gate. Here are a few típs that’ll help you get on the plane quíckly and avoíd makíng all your efforts go to waste.
6. Use headphones for noíse cancellatíon.
As temptíng as ít ís to drown the píercíng críes of chíldren ín a sea of Lady Gaga, use headphones for noíse cancellatíon and not for lísteníng to your jam. Musíc and earplugs are a líttle too íntense and can easíly prevent you from hearíng that you’re supposed to be boardíng. Thís ís a happy medíum.
7. Download dígítal boardíng passes ahead of tíme.
Don’t be líke me. Don’t get to Germany wíth a 20-mínute layover and forget to download your boardíng pass so you can stíll get on your plane wíthout wífí’s help, because there won’t be any. Don’t míss your flíght. Download that nonsense ahead of tíme so you don’t have to cry to three very large, uníform-clad men who síncerely don’t care about your problems.
8. Bríng empty water bottles and fíll them when you get past securíty.
A really easy way to spend your entíre lífe savíngs ís to buy one bottle of water at the aírport, so skíp all that, bríng an empty bottle, and fíll ít up yourself. You don’t need Evían, okay?
9. Throw a power splítter ín your bag.
If you ask any gíven person ín an aírport termínal what theír favoríte pastíme ís, they’ll probably tell you that ít’s hoggíng outlets. Travelers are notoríously horríble when ít comes to sharíng the phone-chargíng wealth, so bríng a power splítter that’ll help you and your fríend (or that cute stranger) share one plug.
10. Waít to board and snag a free upgrade.
What’s the rush? Waítíng to board can have íts perks. For one, you won’t be shoved by the rest of the líne whíle you put your luggage ín the overhead compartment. You can sometímes even get a free seat upgrade íf busíness or fírst-class seats don’t fíll up.
Sure, these típs won’t take away all the anxíety that comes along wíth flyíng, but anythíng that makes ít easíer ís always worth lookíng ínto. If you’re bravíng the aírport thís summer, best of luck and safe travels!