AT THE AIRPORT
Airports can be intimidating, but they don't have to be. With a little extra planning, you can move through the masses with ease — like those calm, cool and collected frequent travelers.
MAKE AIRPORT SECURITY A BREEZE
The gateway to any adventure, airport security can seem like a daunting milestone to overcome, but we’ve got the tips of the trade to help you breeze right through.
The 411 on 3-1-1
TSA has guidelines around what liquids you can bring in your carry-on. In general, the 3-1-1 rule keeps in you in-the-know with what is acceptable and what you need to check with your bag.
What you need to know:
3 — 3.4-ounce containers or less
1 — Quart-sized plastic-zip bag
1 — One bag per person
Take It or Leave It
When packing your bag, it’s important to know what flies. Here’s a quick list of common items from TSA of what you can bring on-board, what you need to check, and what you should leave at home. For a full view, visit the TSA websiteopens in a new window.
Bring It On
- Ice skates
- Tennis rackets
- Tools like screwdrivers, wrenches or pliers that are seven inches or less
- Non-flammable liquids, gels, aerosol paints (3.4 ounce container or less)
- Most sports equipment including baseball bats, bows and arrows, golf clubs and ski poles
- Tools like hammers, crowbars, drills or saws that are longer than seven inches
- Self defense items
- Firearms, BB guns and ammunition
Leave It At Home
- Flares and gunpowder
- Aerosols, Fuels, Gasoline, Gas Torches, Lighter Fluid
Speed Through Security
Keep in mind a few things that will help you whiz through your security checkpoint
- Have things out of your pockets
- Separate your laptop from your bag
- Have an acceptable form of identificationopens in a new window ready
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THE DELTA SKY CLUB®
It’s an age-old question: “What will we DO at the airport while we’re waiting for our plane?” Delta’s solution? The Delta Sky Club. Here, members can plug in to work with free Wi-Fi or simply relax with satellite TV and free snacks and cocktails.
Q. What will help me speed through Customs?
- A. Have your boarding pass and your ID ready to hand to the agent and your required travel documents in hand. Declare everything up front.
- Q. Is there any way to make this process faster?
- A. The Global Entry Program™ is a U.S. Customs and Border program that creates a faster clearance process for travelers who have been pre-approved. Programs like FAST, NEXUS and SENTRI also offer expedited global entry.
- Q. What happens if I lose my passport abroad?
- A. Get in touch with the closest U.S. embassy or consulateopens in a new window as soon as possible. You should also look into the identity solutions. Always carry a copy of your passport for reference.
- Q. What about my prescriptions?
- A. Bring only the medication that you will need for the duration of your trip.
PACK YOUR BAGS & HIT THE ROAD
When your plane touches down, you’re ready to grab your bags and hit the road to the next part of your adventure. Follow a few quick tips and you’ll be on your way — lickity split.
Baggage Claim Tips
- Check our handy baggage allowance table to see to see if your bags will fly free or for a fee. You’ll be able to decide whether or not you want to check your bag or carry it on.
- It can help to know where baggage claim is located in the airport where you land. Take a look at airport maps using the Fly Delta app.
- Tie something familiar around the handle of your suitcase so you can easily recognize it.
Ground Transportation & Airport Parking Tips
- See what public transportation services are available in your arrival city.
- Airport maps are a good way to identify where to hail a cab or pick up your rental car. You can access them from the Fly Delta app, so you know where to catch your bus, hail a cab or get to parking lots.
- Daily parking rates vary at each airport, but depending where you are, uncovered parking is a cheaper option for an extended stay.
- See what services your airport offers. If a shuttle is available, it can be easier than lugging your bags all the way to your car.
- Hotels often provide individual shuttle services to and from their grounds. See if your hotel has these services available.