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TSA is so stressful. Like it’s almost intimidating in a sense. I feel kinda violated after I get through it … is it just me? I guess so … Anyway, let’s get on to my 5 Tips For A Stress-Free TSA Checkpoint.
TSA known as the Transportation Security Administration is the area you go through before you get to the concourses to catch your flight to your new destination. They check your belongings and screen you for anything to be a threat before you enter the other side of the airport for departure.
With all of TSA’s rules and regulations, you can sometimes forget that certain things just won’t go through TSA, they don’t play any games. This is why you must make sure you have everything in order before you step foot into the airport because you might not come back with what you went with …
TRAVEL SIZED CONTAINERS
Going through TSA with full-sized products is a no-go. According to TSA, “You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.” To avoid your EXPENSIVE full-sized items from being taken (because they have and will take them), just go to your local Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart and pick up some travel-sized containers. This way you can put as much or as little as you would like in a container and preserve the rest.
EASY TO TAKE OFF/PUT ON SHOES
When you are rushing through TSA, with all your items on a conveyor belt, you’re breaking out in a sweat because TSA Officials are rushing you through the line, and you’re just struggling to make it through …. easy to remove and put on shoes will be a LIFESAVER. TSA requires you to remove your shoes for a security check. Just imagine holding up the line and everybody is looking at you struggle to put on your shoes. I recommend just some slides or flip flops (during the summer), or just some shoes that you can easily take off and put on if needed.
TSA Pre-Check is the ultimate luxury. Like, I can’t even explain to you how convenient it truly is especially to frequent flyers like me. You get to just breeze by while everybody is breaking out in a sweat in the TSA line and go about your day. The experience with TSA Pre-Check is invaluable and once you get it, you’ll be wondering how you ever survived without it. The current fee for TSA Pre-Check is $85. Although the upfront cost is a tad bit pricey, it pays for itself over time. Like I stated, not taking off your shoes through TSA is enough for me.
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Let me tell you a short story. I was headed to New Orleans, Louisiana on a flight. I was headed through TSA and of course, I had to take off my shoes. Then, the most embarrassing thing happened … as I was bending down, my pants ripped. I know what you’re saying, “Pre’Knechia, why did you wear tight jeans in the first place?” First of all, THE JEANS WEREN’T TIGHT. I’m saying this to say, just wear stretchy and comfortable clothing while going through TSA. You’ll have to do a bit of bending and stretching when going through the process. Which includes taking things out of your bags, taking your shoes off, stretching your arms up, and pulling and pushing things. COMFORTABLE CLOTHING – MAJOR KEY.
While heading towards the TSA Security Check, it is important to have all documents together, as well as all the items that you will have to have out for security screening. The organization is key in these moments. I went out of my way to purchase a travel wallet! This travel wallet holds my passport, credit cards, coins, and cash all in one place. Here is the wallet I purchased.
All of my items including boarding passes can be kept in this wallet. This came in handy when going through TSA and they asked for identification as well as boarding passes. Make sure your laptops and any electronics are out or easily accessible in your bag so that they can be taken out easily for screening.
I hope these tips will help you get through TSA in a breeze. Make sure you subscribe to my email list for more information. I wish there was someone there to give me tips like these in order to have a stress-free start to your trip. Yeah, I know, I’m totally your bestie!
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