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1. Allow Plenty of Time.

Airline and TSA personnel have noticed an increase in passengers not allowing enough time prior to their departure. As a result, people are missing their flights. Passengers are advised to arrive at the terminal one-and-a-half hours prior to departure. Remember many airlines now require that passengers and bags be checked in up to 45 minutes prior to departure. If you are not checked in by that time your seat can be given away.

2. Pack Smart.

When packing for your trip, think about what items you can carry with you and what items need to be in your checked baggage. 

  • The 3-1-1 rule still applies for liquids and gels carried through the security screening checkpoint. This means that any liquid, gel or aerosol must be in a container with no more than 3.4 ounces in it and all containers must fit into one, clear, zip-top bag.  Only one plastic bag per passenger is allowed.  The bag must be taken out of your suitcase or carry-on and placed in the plastic bin.
  • Know what items are allowed in your carry-on bag, what can be packed in your checked baggage and what items are prohibited.  A comprehensive list of items prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration can be found at tsa.gov.  Some items may not be a security threat but are considered a hazardous material when transported by air such as lighter fluid or aerosol spray starch.  To find out if an item is considered a hazardous or dangerous good, go to www.faa.gov/go/packsafe
  • Do not overpack and try to keep suitcases as uncluttered as possible.
  • Do not to wrap presents before traveling; if a screener cannot determine what the item is or if it needs additional inspection, the gift will have to be unwrapped.
  • Be sure to check about carrying special sports equipment like fishing poles, scuba gear or hunting guns. A complete list of acceptable and prohibited items and how to transport them is available at www.tsa.gov
3. Know the Baggage Rules.

Many airlines now charge fees for checked baggage and some even charge for carrryon bags. Be sure to verify any bag fees with the airline on which you are flying before coming to the airport.

  • If the airline allows, check your bag in online.  You generally save $3 to $5.
  • Make sure that your bag is not over the weight limit, as it may be subject to additional fees.
  • If you plan to carry luggage on board, remember that it must be a certain size and you are only allowed one other personal item such as a purse or laptop. Size regulations are listed on the airlines’ websites.
4. Check In Online.

Checking in online will allow you to print your boarding pass and with some airlines, prepay baggage charges. This will also save you time at the ticket counter and in many cases save you a couple of dollars on your baggage fees. Some airlines have Apps that let you check-in and provide the boarding pass on your mobile device.

5. Know Where to Park.

There are several parking options at Will Rogers World Airport. Save time and stress by knowing where you are going to park in advance. A map and pricing schedule is available here.

6. Have the Proper Identification.

Be sure to have a government-issued ID, such as your driver’s license, to pass through the checkpoint. Your name must match the exact name on your airline ticket. 

  • Remember if you are traveling out of the country, including Canada and Mexico, you will need a passport.
  • Children under 18 do not require identification.
7. Be Ready For the Checkpoint.

Being ready to pass through the checkpoint not only helps you get through more quickly, but helps the entire line move faster.  Remember:

  • Laptops must be removed from their bags and placed in a bin with nothing else.
  • The zip-top bag with your liquids and gels must be removed from your suitcase, purse or briefcase and placed in a bin where it is clearly visible to screeners.
  • Shoes, jackets and sweaters must be removed and placed in a bin.
  • Minimize heavy jewelry or wearing items that could alarm at the checkpoint such as jeans with sequins or studs.
  • The Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) requires divesting everything that could show up as an anomoly including wallets, glasses, etc.
  • TSA has implemented more random screenings at the checkpoints, so you may be asked to have your hand swabbed (a simple swipe on the hands) or your bags may undergo additional screening.

Being checkpoint ready can also include enrollment in he TSA Pre✓™ (Precheck) program.  Click here to learn more about the expedited screening benefits offered in the program. Enrollment is $85. Fingerprinting and two forms of valid government identification are required. The TSA Pre✓™ enrollment center in Oklahoma City accepts walk-ins but you can pre-enroll and schedule an appointment by visiting tsa.gov. Find them at their new location, 5701 SW 5th St., just south of I-40, between MacArthur and Meridian, in the Heartland Truck Sales and Service Building. Hours are M-F, 8a to 4:30p. Contact them at 405-792-8171.

8. Bring Things to Keep You and Your Kids Busy.
Books, games, laptops and snacks are great diversions and help pass time on the ground and in the air.
9. Leave an Itinerary At Home.
Sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many times a traveler cannot be reached in an emergency situation because no one knows where to reach them. Be sure to leave a copy of your flight itinerary, hotel name and phone number and other pertinent information with a friend or family member.
10. Be Patient.

Weather can always be unpredictable at any time of year, so there is always the possibility of delays. Be prepared with activities and snacks for you and your family.