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Get Through TSA Checkpoints Like A Pro With This Tip
Most of us don’t mess with the inexperienced traveler or go through the regular TSA line because we have PreCheck. And that PreCheck membership was paid for because of our credit card perks. But there are some times when PreCheck is not open or you are traveling with people that don’t have it so you slum it. You will end up in the regular TSA line at some point, it is almost inevitable. I showed you a way to skip the main line on Spirit for a mere $5-$6 but let’s ignore all that for one moment. You can get through TSA checkpoints like a pro with this tip. And if everyone did it the TSA process would be smooth and efficient. That tip is to put your crap in your damn bag before getting to the scanner area! Please, I beg of you!!!
Work Smarter Not Harder
Work smarter not harder is my life motto so to speak. I try to look at ways to skirt the system or make things easier on myself. I think I found that scenario when it comes with the TSA process.
When you are waiting in line for the TSA agent to check your documents or when you are in line waiting to grab a bin is the time to get prepared. If everyone used that time to remove their belts, phones, and wallets etc. and just put them in their bag, luggage or purse things would move so much faster. The front pocket of my backpack is used for this. By the time I get up to the scanner area all I have to do is remove my computer, tablet and put my shoes on the conveyor belt.
Think of all of the people you see waiting in line digging in their pockets and throwing that stuff in one bin. Then they have to put electronics in another bin. And you know they forgot to take off their belt too! Which means they have to go back and put it in the bin and hold everyone up.
Imagine What it Could Look Like
If everyone put their stuff in their bag instead of the bins people would (almost) never need more than one bin. Also when everyone goes to grab their stuff on the other side they can throw on their shoes and go. Once they exit the cramped pick up area they can pull out their stuff from their bag. How many times have you seen someone blocking everyone putting coins back in their pocket right next to the conveyor?
On my previous trip through TSA the lady in front of me was fiddling with her phone. She set it on top of her bag to go through the scanner and then debated that choice. You think that would end badly? Then she panicked and went and grabbed a bin to put it in. Her bag was sitting right there and she could have quickly slid it in the front pocket. But everyone was held up waiting on her to go find a bin for a single cell phone. She forgot to remove her belt until at the scanner as well.
Now I know this won’t work for everyone since some people won’t have a bag or purse to put their stuff in. I think that those people are few and far between these days with #teamcarryon being popular. I wish this would become the mandate for everyone to do at TSA. It would shave time off of the TSA process and it would reduce stress for infrequent travelers. Everyone is so grumpy in the TSA area, maybe smoothing out the process would improve everyone’s attitude!
If everyone did this one thing they could simply grab their bag, their tablet/computer, and their shoes and get out of the cramped TSA area quickly. That would make life a lot better. Work smarter, not harder people 😉.
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