Travel has made a comeback with many destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico showing an increase in arrivals. Mexico, for example, soared in the first quarter of 2022 with numbers exceeding the first quarter of 2019. We like numbers!
By the way, according to the Transportation Security Administration, air travel passenger counts are up and getting closer to 2019 numbers and hovering at 2M (or more) passengers per day.
TSA Summer Travel Tips
- Tip 1: Face Masks. You’ve heard by now that face masks are optional on planes and trains, but are still recommended. The CDC recommends face masks for passengers aged two and older in indoor areas of public transportation and transportation hubs as an effective precaution for those who seek to avoid exposure to COVID in higher risk public spaces.
- Tip 2: Pack smart and start with empty bags! Obvious, right? This is helpful when avoiding those prohibited items. Arriving to the airport prepared is key in avoiding delays and physical contact with TSA officers. Do you want to know more about prohibited items? Read “What Can I Bring?” from TSA.gov.
- Tip 3: Know before you go. Prepare and plan to arrive at the airport in plenty of time to check-in, check your bags, complete security screening, with time to get to your gate (which could be way at the end). 2-3 hours prior to flight time is the new normal! Part of being prepared is to have your valid ID ready to go at the checkpoint.
- Tip 4: Connect with TSA. It’s okay to contact TSA for help with any of your questions or concerns. Did you know you can get live assistance via Twitter by tweeting your questions to @AskTSA? You can also connect via Facebook Messenger, or call them at 866-289-9673.
- There’s also a helpline – TSA Cares – for travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances.
- Tip 5: Enroll in TSA PreCheck! You’ll want to get on this and get approved. At most airports the TSA PreCheck lines are still much shorter than the normal security line…and passengers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops and light jackets at the checkpoint.
There you have it – 5 Tips to help reduce stress while traveling this summer and beyond!