After weeks of regularly taking the 6am back to Atlanta, I’ve gotten to the point where I recognize fellow frequent fliers in the TSA line. Shoes-off and sleepy-eyed each Monday morning we exchange knowing glances and try not to fall back asleep until after boarding.
This week my equally frequent traveling seat mate and I woke up enough to begin pooling tips on how to shave minutes off our morning check-in routines. Here were our favorites:
Online check-in (approx one to two snooze buttons) Sometimes we’re just not as on time as we thought we’d be. Frequent fliers know you can check in up to 24 hours before your flight, including when traveling internationally and with bags.
Use baggage drop off points or carry on only (approx one snooze button) We agreed that mini shampoo bottles are worth skipping straight to TSA any day. I like Aveda’s security friendly lines.
Try not to confuse the security scanners (approx one half snooze button) 3.2oz means 3.2, but anything that looks bigger will undoubtedly slow you down, especially if it’s not in a one quart size plastic bag. Smaller airports tend to take this very seriously. More tips on surviving security from FO Robin here and news from today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution here about speedy security lanes.
What is your fastest check-in time? Share your tips?