Unless it’s a holiday, it’s difficult
to gauge just how busy the airport will be on any given day. Even if you follow
the general rule of arriving at the airport 2 hours before your flight, unpredictable
check-in and security lines may leave you rushing to your gate. To help you have smooth and pleasurable
airport experience, follow these tips for saving time at the airport.
Check in online – Most airlines let you check in online 24
hours before your scheduled departure. By checking in online, you can print
your boarding pass and pay for any baggage you wish to check in, which will
save you time at the airport. If you are not checking a bag, you can head
straight to security upon arriving at your airport terminal.
Sign up for TSA's PreCheck – Members of the TSA PreCheck program
experience faster moving lines and don't have to remove their shoes, jackets,
belts and laptops. If you are traveling internationally, consider signing up
for the U.S. Customs Department's Global Entry program, which will help you
move quicker through immigration and customs lines.
Choose a reliable parking service – Choosing the right parking can help you save
tons of time. At our Oakland Airport long-term parking
service you can park quickly and be on your way to your terminal in one of
our convenient airport shuttles within minutes. You can make a parking
reservation online and experience smooth travels on the day of your departure.
Check in your baggage – Lugging a carry-on bag around the airport
can slow you down. It's best to just have a small bag for your carry-on to hold
your flight essentials and to leave everything else in your checked back. This
will help you make it through security quicker, as well as walk faster through
Dress smart – If you’re not enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program, you'll have
to remove your shoes, laptops, belts and watches at security. To avoid holding
up yourself and others in line, dress smart. Wear shoes that are easy and quick
to remove, and avoid wearing belts or jewelry that could trigger the security
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