Going through Security.
Have your passports open to the page with your picture and outside of a decorative sleeve, if you have one, and boarding pass ready to show the TSA agent when you get to the front of the line.
TIP: have your pockets empty before you go through security and your large electronics and liquids ready at the top of your carry-on so that you can remove them and replace them quickly. Holding up other travelers makes me anxious, so I try to get through security as quickly as possible.
At the belt, remove jacket, shoes, belts, and place into bin. Remove large electronics (iPad, kindle, laptop, etc.) and place into a separate bin. Everything else can go in bins together. Don’t have any liquids larger than 3.4 oz in your carry on as it will be confiscated. Have your liquids in a clear bag (e.g. Ziplock) no larger than 1 quartz per person and remove them from carryon and place in a bin. (Remember is you are TSA approved, most of this you do not have to do)
TIP: pack large empty water bottles. You can fill them with water once you go through security and stay hydrated. You can pack snacks!
Stay with your things and push them along until the TSA agent ushers you to go through the security scan. Follow their directions until you can collect your belongings.
TIP: when your items are coming out of the scanner, be courteous and push them all the way to the end of the belt so that other passengers can grab their items too.
After security. Before stopping to shop or grab coffee or food, go to your gate, and check the screen to make sure there’s no changes to your flight (gate change, delay, etc.). You don’t want to miss your flight because you weren’t paying attention.
TIP: Bring or purchase snacks for your flights. With covid, most airlines are limiting their drink and food service. Wearing a mask during the duration of your time inside airports/flying can be annoying. If you have snacks or drinks to enjoy during your flight, you can get a break from the mask and enjoy the flight.
TIP: Go to the bathroom prior to boarding. After you board, you probably won’t be able to stand up for another 30 minutes for the boarding/takeoff process.
The airplane door closes 15 minutes prior to departure, sometimes earlier. Once the door is closed, they will not allow anyone else on the flight. Don’t miss your flight because you are not paying attention to the clock. The international boarding process starts around 1 hour prior to departure. Be near the gate now! Don’t crowd the gate or agent during the boarding process while they are calling group numbers. Wait until your group number is called to line up.
Since this is an international flight with travel restrictions, the gate agent may check all your travel documents again. Have them together and ready with your passport and boarding pass if you need to show them.