AUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN viewers shared tips on Facebook for methods to efficiently navigate the Austin-Bergstrom Worldwide Airport.
TSA PreCheck versus Clear
Many viewers agreed TSA PreCheck was a good way to chop down the time spent within the safety line, however some stated Clear was one other nice possibility–with one viewer even saying, “shhh don’t inform them about clear I like not having a line.”
Clear was extremely beneficial for frequent flyers since TSA PreCheck strains have grow to be crowded.
“Oh yeah pre verify has gotten insane that’s why I bought clear just a few years in the past. I don’t even fly as a lot anymore and nonetheless pay for it. Price it truthfully,” one viewer stated.
Nevertheless, some folks favor TSA PreCheck and think about it higher than nothing.
“That’s actually the difficulty — the safety will be extraordinarily unhealthy someday, then be effective the following, however there’s no rhyme or motive to it and so they can’t publicly predict it upfront as a consequence of safety causes. I don’t have Clear however do have TSA Pre[Check] and have by no means waited greater than 5 minutes in safety,” one other viewer commented.
Get there early
Whereas the airport recently recommended vacationers arrive not less than two hours earlier than boarding home flights and three hours for worldwide flights, viewers have stated that’s not practically sufficient time.
“I missed my flight final Saturday after I bought there at 5:30am and my flight left at 7:40am so undoubtedly getting there 3 hours earlier than. I didn’t move TSA till 8:20 am,” a viewer commented.
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In April, the airport stated it was including extra TSA officers, in addition to doubling the variety of Ok-9 items.
“I simply went Monday and barely made my flight in time because of the tsa strains. The pre verify line was simply so long as nicely too which shocked me!” one other viewer acknowledged.
“I’m there loads with work and sure I make certain we’re there 3 hrs earlier than the flight leaves and we it’s nonetheless reducing it shut!” one viewer commented.
Nevertheless, not each airport problem is resolved by arriving early.
“I extremely advocate 3 hrs previous to a flight until you’re [sic] flight leaves earlier than 5am, then tsa doesn’t open till 330am,” one viewer added.
Room for enchancment
Whereas viewers beneficial attending to the airport three hours early appears regular, it’s not at all times environment friendly for earlier flights.
Many viewers talked about arriving a number of hours early for an early morning flight doesn’t make a lot sense when touring with checked baggage.
“We had a 5:30 flight 2 weeks in the past on SWA and bought there at 3 however there was already a line at baggage verify in. SWA opened the counter at 4. Safety was already a 20 minute wait by the point we checked our baggage so we barely bought to our flight earlier than they began boarding at 4:55,” a viewer stated.
A viewer beneficial opening the bag verify counter earlier.
“They want checked baggage counters to open earlier. When you will have a flight at 5:30AM and get there 2 hours early you continue to have to attend for the counters to open at 4. Wait in that line for 20 minutes earlier than ready in safety for 20 minutes and barely make it to the gate earlier than boarding begins,” the viewer stated.
One other additionally agreed it will be a useful enchancment.
“Opening their counter earlier would undoubtedly assist alleviate the frenzy for the sooner flights!” the opposite viewer stated.
Many viewers agreed the system for the checked bag strains wants enchancment since not having checked baggage accelerates the ready course of.
“We’ll be effective as a result of we’re not checking baggage. It’s the checked bag strains which are loopy however we get to go straight by way of safety.”
A necessity for an enlargement
Though the following pointers could possibly be useful, loads of viewers agreed the Austin-Bergeson airport was in want of enlargement.
“I’ve Clear. I fly each week out of there and get there about 90 minutes earlier than my flight. Flew to Miami yesterday and didn’t have any points. The traditional safety line wasn’t that unhealthy. I feel they’ve been quick with TSA employees. The airport must be expanded badly,” one viewer commented.
Different viewers agreed the airport was not giant sufficient to assist the Austin inhabitants. In keeping with the 2020 U.S. Census, the Austin inhabitants was 965,872 folks.
“ABIA is technique to small for the Austin inhabitants. We’re so behind,” a viewer stated.
“Def Want a brand new larger worldwide airport!” one other viewer stated.
A $46 million enlargement plan was into consideration in Jan., however the plans have been for an additional three plane gates, and there was no point out of an enlargement to the TSA or checked baggage counters.