Start Your Trip Right – Be Prepared for TSA
Dec 1, 2023
Katie Robinson, Marketing Specialist, FWA

It may seem like a topic that is talked about often, but with the holiday season in full swing, remembering the rules of how to make it through the TSA Checkpoint calm, cool and collected cannot be talked about enough. Last month we discussed how to keep your travel bright and cheery, and it all starts before you even reach your gate. Here are some helpful hints and reminders to make the process a cinch.

Arrive Early
One of the major perks of flying FWA is the ease of getting from parking lot (or curb) to gate in no time. While FWA prides itself on being easy to navigate, it’s important to arrive for your flight with plenty of time to spare. 

While being quick and convenient is most certainly a perk of flying local, getting to and through security may take longer than you think. We recommend passengers flying Delta, United or American Airlines arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure. Those traveling with Allegiant Air should arrive two hours before departure, as its counter is only open for a small window of time. Allegiant flights are also on larger aircraft, which means bigger crowds.

Have Your ID Ready and Updated
For many years we have been screaming from the rooftops to upgrade to the Real ID. While the deadline keeps getting pushed back (now May 7, 2025), it’s still wise to update your ID as soon as you can. After that date, every traveler wanting to board a plane in the United States needs to have a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, or another form of compliant, government-issued identification such as a U.S. passport.

Updated screening equipment also allows TSA agents to use your identification rather than your boarding pass to access your flight information. Make sure you’re ready when it’s your turn in the queue.

Remember the TSA Rules
One of the most important things you can do when preparing for your travels is to make sure that you are prepared to go through the TSA Checkpoint. 

Remember the 3-1-1 rule for liquids and gels. Keep them in a separate plastic bag or travel-friendly toiletry bag. Also, make sure to check the rules on items you are questioning that may or may not be allowed in your carry-on. With the newest TSA screening technology at FWA, travelers don’t need to remove liquids from bags when going through the checkpoint screening process. However, please be aware of what you can and cannot take through the checkpoint. Visit and view the “What Can I Bring” tool for more information. 

Being prepared is half the battle and can set the tone for your trip. A little preparation and care go a long way, and will make your trip out of FWA smooth sailing.  

Canterbury - Rooted in Tradition

Related Stories