Make your airport experience an easy check-in, check-out process.
Plan ahead, here’s how:
• Use colorful, distinctive luggage strap or tie a bright colored ribbon to the suitcase handle to make it easy to identify your suitcase.
• You don’t need to put your entire address on your luggage tags. You can just write down your phone number or cell number, first initial, last name, city and state (and country – USA – if traveling abroad) in which you live, or use your business address.
• Tape a business card or write down your name and phone number on the inside of your luggage, in case your luggage gets lost and the outside identification tag is missing.
• When checking in, never place your purse, laptop or other valuables on the ground. Place them between your legs or on the counter.
• Have your valid identification and boarding pass ready to present upon check-in and entering airport security.
• Follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule: 3-ounce containers; a 1-quart clear plastic zip-top bag; one bag per flier. If in doubt, put your liquids in your checked luggage. For more information, check their website: www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm
• At security check in, be prepared to quickly take your laptop computer out of your bag to place in the plastic bin. Remove; belt with buckle, jacket, take keys, cell phone, wallet, watch and loose change from the pockets and place inside carry-on bag, back pack, purse or other container. Depending on the policy of the airport, you may be asked to remove your shoes, place everything in the plastic bin and go through the X-ray machine.
• Allow plenty of room between you and the person in front of you when placing items through the X-ray machine. This will avoid any confusion when travelers reach for their items.