There have been a lot of announcements at LaGuardia Airport the past few weeks – three pretty big improvements to your wait times in our terminal. Frequent fliers (especially out of LGA), tell us what you think!
1. Paperless Check In
First, I’ll tell you about my experience using paperless check-in and boarding yesterday, which we’re currently testing at LGA. This program has made me even MORE convinced of the importance of having my Blackberry nowadays. I was flying out of LaGuardia and running a little late, as usual. I checked in at mobile.delta.com before I got to the airport and received my boarding pass on my BB.
Once I got to the airport I showed my BB to the TSA security officer, who scanned my BB and let me through. It was a breeze! Thinking the hard part was yet ahead, I got ready to board the plane thinking to myself, “how in the world will this work?” I was AMAZED. The Delta agent scanned my BB just like they had in the past with my paper boarding pass, and on the plane I went. It was too easy. I just want to know when this will go to all airports – especially Atlanta!
2. TSA Self-Selecting Lanes
The Transportation Security Administration launched a new screening system for passengers at LaGuardia last week allowing people to sort themselves into one of three lines. So far, twenty-five U.S. airports already have the three-lane system at their terminals. Here is the breakdown:
- Green circle: for families with small children and strollers, groups, people needing special assistance and people who are new to flying.
- Blue square: for casual travelers familiar with security check-in procedures and carrying multiple bags.
- Black diamond: for expert travelers who know to wear shoes that can be flipped off easily and travel light.
3. Clear Registered Traveler Program
Earlier this month, we announced a partnership with Clear to operate separate fast lanes our JFK and LGA terminals. As you may have heard, the Clear system allows the TSA to prescreen passengers with iris and fingerprint images and then receive a card that allows them to access Clear’s designated security lanes. Learn more about Clear here.
Will these enhancements speed up check-in procedures? Which do you think will be most helpful on your next trip?