At ILM, we often see an influx of passengers during the summer months due to vacations, graduation trips and school being out, among other reasons. Whether it be a trip to see the grandkids or a trip to see the world, it’s hard to keep up with TSA’s ever-changing travel regulations. For summer 2014, we have put together a list of travel tips to make your next flight as convenient and comfortable as possible.
Many international travelers fly during the summer months. The extra requirements that come with traveling outside the United States can be overwhelming, which is why we recommend arriving for an international flight at least two hours in advance. Even though we often have short security wait times at ILM, checking in for international travel can take longer than for domestic flights. By arriving two hours before your scheduled departure, you’ll ensure that the ticketing agents have the time they need to check your documents and luggage before your flight. We’d hate for you to start your trip off on the wrong foot because of a simple oversight.
In addition, it is beneficial to review TSA’s website to see if you need to consider special circumstances before you travel. Are you a new mother? Do you need to fly with your pet? TSA often has very specific policies on traveling when you have special circumstances. All of this information can be found on their website, tsa.gov.
When packing for carry on bags, make sure to follow the 3-1-1 rule. Anything 3.4 ounces or less goes in a 1-quart sized plastic bag, and you can bring only one 1-quart bag per person. Following these simple rules before you get to the airport can save you the stress of figuring it out while you’re waiting in the security line.
If you’re a frequent traveler, it might be beneficial for you to apply for the TSA Pre-Check program. As a member, you’ll gain access to the pre-check security lane, which allows you to keep your light outerwear and shoes on as you pass through screening. In addition, you can leave your 3-1-1 bag and your laptop in your carry-on bag. It is a great benefit for our passengers who travel frequently as it significantly shortens the amount of time spent during screening. To sign up, visit the UES Enrollment Center here in Wilmington. The process could take two to three weeks, so make sure to plan ahead.
If you’re traveling this summer, I hope that these tips help alleviate any stress flying may cause you. Simple planning ahead can save you more than time when you arrive at the airport. For more travel tips, information on new flights, or ideas for vacation packages, visit flyILM.com. We hope you have a safe trip and an enjoyable summer!
Jon Rosborough became director of the Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in November of 1998. As the fourth largest airport in North Carolina, ILM serves over 800,000 passengers annually and offers service on both Delta Airlines and US Airways/American Airlines, ILM services 4 non-stop hubs which allow for convenient domestic and international travel. ILM prides itself on offering award winning customer service and convenience with multiple flight options, easy security screening, and close parking. For more information about ILM, please visit www.flyILM.com, like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/flyilm, or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ILMairport.
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