Summer Travel Tips

Nov 17, 2010 | General, Newsroom

Book your trip and necessary amenities now.
When booking your flight, be sure to book your rental car, accommodations and travel insurance to ensure you don’t run into any day-of unexpected delays. And when you can, book your flight as far as possible in advance.

Apply Known Traveler Information Number (KTIN) to flight itinerary.
Enrolled in TSA PreCheck®? Be sure you’ve added your KTIN to your flight information. This will save you time at the airport, and while going through TSA Security checkpoints.

Don’t forget your ID and all travel documents.
Remember, the name on your travel documents should match the name on your government-issued ID and the name you provided to the airline when you booked your flight. Your ID will be needed during the check-in and security screening process.

Understand your destination country’s entry / exit requirements.
If you are traveling abroad familiarize yourself with the country’s entry requirements and protocols including masking, vaccination and testing. Check with your airline for the most up-to-date information.

Check flight status before leaving for the airport.
Weather in our region and in other parts of the country can impact flights. GSO recommends that travelers check their flight status by checking the airline’s mobile app / website, or calling their airline’s customer service. Currently, all airlines are experiencing long wait times; checking the mobile app or website may be the fastest option.

Be prepared in case of delays and cancellations.
Keep your airline’s contact information handy so that it is quickly accessible if needed. Download the airline’s mobile app for ease of travel including boarding pass, tracking bags and real-time flight updates.

Arrive early.
GSO recommends arriving at the airport 1.5 – 2 hours before your flight departs.

Place all valuables in your carry-on luggage.
Carry all medicine, cash, jewelry, electronic devices and other valuable items with you onto the plane.

Limit liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage.
Remember these numbers: 3-1-1. Only liquids and gels in 3-ounce or smaller containers are permitted in carry-on luggage. All 3-ounce containers must fit in one clear, sealed plastic bag that is no larger than one quart. Place the bag in the gray bin at the checkpoint for inspection.

Limit carry-on items.
Each traveler is permitted to take one bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase, through the security checkpoint.

Be prepared for security checkpoint.
Before proceeding through the checkpoint remove coats, jackets, blazers and shoes, then ensure your pockets are completely empty. All metal objects, including cell phones and pagers, should be placed in carry-on luggage or in the containers provided at the checkpoint. More information can be found on the TSA’s website.

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