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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides protection for airline patrons through the use of security checkpoints, a federal program designed to keep passengers safe. While this process is vital to the security of our passengers, we understand that this can seem like a burden to the busy traveler. To get through security at our airport safely and quickly, follow these tips. 


Tip One: Know what you can and can’t bring through security. Items that will not make it through the TSA security checkpoint range from clearly dangerous firearms of any kind and pocketknives to more innocent-seeming foam toy swords and golf clubs. Even paint can be detained at the checkpoint, if it’s flammable. For an exhaustive list of what can and cannot be taken through the TSA checkpoint, visit their website (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all).


Tip Two: Dress for success. Wear slip-on shoes & socks for easy removal before screening and to avoid walking through the checkpoint barefoot. Avoid wearing anything that looks like a weapon; for example, a necklace shaped like a pair of brass knuckles won’t be allowed through security, so pack your edgy jewelry in your checked bag. While preparing to go through the checkpoint, you may remove your outerwear, such as coats and jackets. These items will have to pass through the x-ray scanner and having them off in advance will help things move more quickly.


Tip Three: Prepare your papers ahead of time. One of the biggest traffic jams at security checkpoints is caused by people waiting until the last minute to start pulling out documents. You can prepare for this ahead of time. Much like you can pack so that your laptop can be easily removed for scanning, you should pack so that your ID and boarding pass are easily accessible. While preparing to pass through the checkpoint, get your ID and boarding pass ready to go.


Tip Four: Show up early! This really is the easiest way to ensure a low-stress TSA interaction. When you’re cutting it close, you can become frazzled and disorganized, increasing the time spent in the security process. It’s also difficult to estimate how busy the airport will be when you arrive for your flight. Showing up 2 hours before takeoff could save you from missing your flight.


Following these tips can help you get through TSA as quickly and efficiently as possible. Learn more on our website (http://www.sgf-branson-airport.com/tips) or on the TSA’s official website (https://www.tsa.gov/).


Oct 20 2019 Los Angeles Travel Guide BY sgf-adminTAGS


A lot of people don’t realize our airport has non-stop flights to Los Angeles. Yes, non-stop service to the City of Angels –– that mythic place of surf, sand, movie stars and golden light. It’s just one airplane ride away on Allegiant Air.

So, if you get that urge to fly west, here’s our LA Travel Guide …

Image of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles airport (LAX) is huge. Eight terminals and a total of 132 gates! Checkout these maps of LAX before arriving.

There’s no shortage of amazing places to stay in Los Angeles. Checkout these resources to help you choose:

  • You'll find hotel reviews on Yelp.
  • When you want lodging that's more private and interesting, check out Air BNB.
  • If you want to say close to Disneyland, check out Mickey Visit.

There are lots of amazing places to eat in Los Angeles! Checkout these guides:

If you want to immerse yourself in LA’s culture and history, plan a walking trip on some of the city’s hidden public staircases.

How about a quiet beach? Check out some of the lesser known, and less crowded, LA beaches.

And finally, we offer 207 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Los Angeles.

Bon Voyage!

Oct 14 2019 Traveling With a Pet BY sgf-adminTAGS


How do you keep your pet happy, calm, and safe when flying? Here are some tips for a safer and more stress-free flight for you and your pets.

•   Check with your vet to make sure your pet doesn't have any health problems that could be aggravated by flying. For anxious pets there are veterinarian-approved medications available.

•   Many airlines require proof of up-to-date vaccinations and immunizations, so be sure to have this information on hand.



•   The rules and regulations regarding pet travel are directed by each individual airline. Before booking your flight, be sure to check out the rules regarding pets on your airline’s website.

•   Plan for your pet’s comfort. Per most airline specifications, and recommendations from veterinarians, your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in the kennel. Include a favorite toy or blanket to make them feel more at home. A soft, absorbent bedding can not only ensure your pet is comfortable, it can address potential accidents.

•   Practice. If your animal has never been in a kennel, buy your travel kennel a few weeks in advance so they can adjust. Include the same toys and bedding you’ll use during the flight to help ease anxiety and make the transition easier.

•   Day-of routine. It’s time to make your way to the airport. Have your schedule timed out and know as much information as you can about the airport. Our airport provides a gated, grassy area in front of the terminal for pets to use before boarding. It’s stocked with waste bags and a trash receptacle. Check out more info on our customer service page.

The bottom line: being well prepared will make your trip go more smoothly.