Travel tips for Austin Airport

AUSTIN (KXAN) – KXAN viewers shared tips on Facebook on ways to successfully navigate Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

TSA pre-screening vs scanning

Many viewers agreed that TSA PreCheck was a great way to reduce time spent in the security line, but some said that Clear was another great option—one viewer even said, “shhh don’t tell them about clarity, I don’t like you having a line.”

Clear is highly recommended for frequent flyers since the TSA PreCheck lines have become crowded.

“Oh, yeah, pre-screening has gone crazy which is why I got a pass a few years ago. I don’t travel much anymore and I’m still paying for it. Honestly worth it,” said one viewer.

However, some people prefer TSA PreCheck and consider it better than nothing.

“That’s really the problem — security can be really bad one day, then really good the next, but there’s no reason or reason for that and they can’t predict it publicly in advance for security reasons. I don’t have a survey but I have a TSA Pre[Check] And she never waited more than 5 minutes in safety,” another viewer commented.

Get there early

while the Recently recommended airport Travelers arrive at least two hours before boarding for domestic flights and three hours for international flights, viewers said that’s not nearly enough time.

“I missed my flight last Saturday when I got there at 5:30 AM and left my flight at 7:40 AM, so I definitely arrived 3 hours earlier. One viewer commented.

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In April, the airport said it was adding more TSA officers, as well as doubling the number of K-9 units.

“I just went on a Monday and barely made my flight in time because of the Tsa lines. The pre-check line was the same length that surprised me!” another model stated.

“I have a lot of work to do and yes I make sure we are there 3 hours before the flight leaves and we still get it close!” One viewer commented.

However, not every airport issue is solved by arriving early.

“I highly recommend 3 hours before the flight unless you are into it [sic] One viewer added that the flight leaves before 5 am, then the tsa doesn’t open until 330 am.

room for improvement

While viewers recommended arriving at the airport three hours early seems normal, it isn’t always efficient for earlier flights.

Several viewers mentioned that arriving several hours early on an early morning flight is meaningless when traveling with checked baggage.

“We had a 5:30 flight two weeks ago on SWA and got there at 3 but there was already a line at the baggage check in. SWA opened the counter at 4. Security was already a 20 minute wait by the time we checked our luggage so we barely got there Our flight before they start going up at 4:55,” said one onlooker.

One viewer recommended opening the baggage check counter early.

“They need the checked baggage counters to open early. When you have a flight at 5:30am and you get there 2 hours early you still have to wait for the counters to open at 4pm. Wait in this line for 20 minutes before waiting at security For 20 minutes and barely reach the gate before the viewer said “the climb begins”.

Another also agreed that it would be a useful improvement.

“Opening their office early will definitely help mitigate the rush of previous trips!” Another viewer said.

Many viewers agreed that the checked baggage line system needs improvement because the lack of checked bags speeds up the waiting process.

“We’ll be fine because we don’t check bags. The lines for checked bags are crazy but we go right through security.”

need to expand

While these tips may come in handy, many viewers agreed that Austin Bergeson Airport needs to expand.

“I have it clear. I fly every week from there and get there 90 minutes before my flight. He flew to Miami yesterday and had no problems. The normal safety line wasn’t that bad. I think she was short with the TSA staff. An airport viewer commented on Badly needed to expand.

Other viewers agreed that the airport was not large enough to support the residents of Austin. According to the 2020 United States Census, Austin had a population of 965,872.

“ABIA is a little way for Austin residents. We’re too late,” said one onlooker.

“Citizens need a new, bigger international airport!” Another viewer said.

The $46 million expansion plan was under consideration in January, but the plans were for three additional aircraft gates, and there was no mention of the TSA expansion or checked baggage counters.

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