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can help cut down on travel delays inexperienced
and experienced travelers alike can help ease
airport security delays by following these
Before you leave home
- Reconfirm your flight
- Reconfirm your flight
directly with the airline 24 to 48 hours
prior to departure.
- Pack Smart.
- Protect yourself and your
valuables by placing medicine and expensive
items in your carry-on luggage. Keep a
pencil or pen handy throughout your trip to
note gate, departure time and connecting
- Identify your baggage
inside and out.
- Place a baggage tag with
name, home address and telephone number on
the outside of your bag; inside your
baggage, put your home information plus your
destination address and telephone number.
- Bring fewer carry-ons to
- Up to two items may be
carried on, and each must fit under your
seat or in an overhead compartment. Check
your ticket envelope or call your travel
agent or the airline's reservation office
for size and weight requirements.
- Read your ticket and
ticket envelope in advance. They provide
helpful information about policies set by
the government and the airline.
Leaving and Arriving at the
- Leave early for the
- Arrive at the airport up
to two hours before departure for domestic
flights and up to three hours before
departure for international flights.
Anticipate slowdowns during the holidays -
traffic may be heavier, airport parking lots
may be fuller and lines my be longer at the
- Check baggage routing.
- Ensure that the agent or
skycap attaches the correct tags for your
destination city. If you don't recognize the
city code - for example, ORD is Chicago
O'Hare airport - ask, particularly if you
have connecting flights.
Check in early:
- Check in at the airline
ticket counter if you don't have a seat
assignment; go directly to the gate for
check-in if you have a boarding pass. Check
in one hour before departure on domestic
flights and two hours before international
- Carry at least one form
of photo ID at all times. A second photo ID
might be required at some airports.
- Know your departure gate.
- Ask the agent or skycap
to write your departure gate number on your
ticket envelope or boarding card. Be sure to
be at your departure gate at least 30
minutes before scheduled departure time.
Security Check Points:
- Once at the airport, be
prepared to have your belongings searched by
- Remove heavy metal at
- Don't wear large metal
buckles, belts or jewelry that will activate
the metal detector's alarm.
- Laptop computers and
other electric devices might require
additional time to clear security.
- Never leave luggage
unattended or under the watch of a stranger.
- Do not accept any item
from strangers or carry any package with
- Stay close to the
- There you will receive
boarding instructions and any last-minute
information you need for the flight.
- Board when asked:
- Be sure to board when
your row number is called. Empty seats will
be counted and given to standby passengers.
When plane lands:
- Upon arrival at your
destination, go immediately to the baggage
claim area to pick up your luggage. Have the
claim stubs available.
When in doubt
Ask questions. Airline
employees are generally friendly and helpful. No
question is too simple. Just ask.
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