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/).