Airline Travel Tips to Save Time - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/03

Airline Travel Tips to Save Time

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security told airline passengers to prepare by using the "three by three." In, Out and Off. But what does that mean?

What comes to mind when you think about traveling during the holidays? Airports maybe? Then what? Security checks and the dreaded long lines. Well, you can definitely expect that again this holiday season. "We're not sold out tomorrow but we're very close to it. So it's going to be a busy day at the airport on Wednesday," said John McGinley, Lubbock International Airport Interim Director.

Busy. But what if you could save yourself time? You know, not stand in line so long. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is saying you can, like saving yourself three minutes. But is that really going to do you any good? Lubbock Federal Security Director, Jim Holden says you bet. "Well, you know, if you had 30 people standing in line and was saving three minutes, that's an hour and a half."

This is what you have to do. It's called the "three for three." In, Out, and Off, save Three minutes. And it goes something like this:

  • First, take out any medal from your pockets and put it *in* your carry-on bag.
  • Secondly, pull your laptop *out* of it's case.
  • Finally, take *off* any over coats you may be wearing.

"Primarily, we're trying to keep the traveling public safe. We think these steps we're suggesting will make a big difference in their own security and the time it takes to go through check-points," Holden said.

There will be 100% screening of all bags that are checked in at the ticket counter. No vehicle checkpoints as you enter the parking lots. And just a reminder, show up at least an hour and half before your flight leaves.

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