To save yourself some time and reduce travel stress, here are some tips from Scott McCartney, longtime Wall Street Journalairline and travel writer:
—Check with the TSA. It has a social media team that answers questions on Twitter —@AskTSA — or Facebook. Responses usually come in a few hours.
—Enroll in PreCheck. If you travel three times a year or more, it’s worth it to save time and reduce stress. PreCheck costs $85 for five years and the background check is pretty simple.
—Pick your checkpoint carefully. Ask airline or airport guides if there is a checkpoint with a shorter line. A long walk might beat a longer wait.
—Allow extra time, especially at airports with construction, such as New York LaGuardia and Los Angeles International.
—Speak up if you’re going to miss your flight. Airlines have workers out who can move you to the front of the screening line if you’re in danger of getting left behind.
move you to the front of the screening line if you’re in danger of getting left behind.