Summer tips for traveling from GSP

Summer is quickly approaching and it’s important to not only get a fun trip booked but to make sure you appropriately plan your arrival at the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends arriving at airports at least two hours before your scheduled departure. This is especially important during peak travel times, which includes most Fridays, Sundays and Mondays between June and August. Arriving two hours early should ensure that you’re checked in with your airline, through the security checkpoints, and on your way to your gate.

Please do all that you can to arrive two hours early. Occasionally, passengers will boast about arriving later and breezing through security, but you can’t always predict peak times at the airport.

Also, things happen sometimes. People oversleep or get stuck in traffic. Sometimes even getting family members out of the house is a lot like herding cattle.  A few stragglers do make it in time, but if the majority is running late, it could create issues at the screening checkpoint. You should also keep in mind that all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone must be placed in a bin at the security checkpoint, with nothing on or under it.  Common examples of the kinds of items this might include are laptops, tablets, e-readers and hand-held game consoles. This process alone could easily add an additional 30 seconds to the time it takes for one person to clear screening.  Imagine if you arrive at the screening checkpoint with little time to spare with even a short line in front of you.

Visit this TSA webpage for more tips including the best way to dress to help ensure that you get through the checkpoint without any delays.  On the TSA site, you’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions like how to pack medications and a reminder of rules involving liquids: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips. These suggestions should make your walk through security more efficient for you and your fellow travelers.

If you find that you have a good bit of spare time before your flight, you’ll be able to enjoy a meal in our Grand Hall, visit one of the restaurants on the concourses, view GSP commissioned art and explore unique retail options. For a unique experience, you can watch planes arrive and depart from the GSP Airside Garden.