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Old Jun 13, 18, 10:47 am
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"Please plan to arrive at least 2 hours before departure..."

I received from DAL today a "Stay on top of TSA changes" email this morning offering tips on how to stay on top of "the busy summer travel season."

Among those tips was "For your upcoming domestic flight please plan to arrive at least 2 hours before departure..."

For domestic trips I generally arrive one hour prior to push, and the two-hour suggestion strikes me as over the top. I suppose at some chronically slow airports, but I can't imagine in most cases getting there two hours early.

Am I being naive?










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Old Jun 13, 18, 10:48 am
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Did you get the dreaded “SSSS” boarding pass code?
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Old Jun 13, 18, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by k5xs View Post
I received from DAL today a "Stay on top of TSA changes" email this morning offering tips on how to stay on top of "the busy summer travel season."

Among those tips was "For your upcoming domestic flight please plan to arrive at least 2 hours before departure..."

For domestic trips I generally arrive one hour prior to push, and the two-hour suggestion strikes me as over the top. I suppose at some chronically slow airports, but I can't imagine in most cases getting there two hours early.

Am I being naive?










I got it too, I think somebody in marketing should have made an exemption for FO, GM, PM, and DM to NOT get this email. I think most of us know airport wait times better than the TSA itself.

This should have gone to people with no status, this email seems like one that was meant to inform people who fly once a year.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:01 am
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I have received two of these emails in the last couple days. The food thing is going to trip up the people that fly once or twice a year, so if you are going to be in the regular TSA line, 2 hours is a good idea. Couple that with summer road construction in my area shutting down major interstates and traffic jams getting to the terminal b/c cars are allowed to pull up to the terminal and wait for people arriving, I don't think these emails are unwarranted. I will give myself a bit of extra time at my home airport.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:08 am
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My returning international flight yesterday was a suggested three hours from HKG. We were late leaving the hotel and had about two hours when we got to the airport. No problem. With Sky Priority no wait to check in. Wasn't too bad going through customs and security. We could have stopped at the lounge, but since they started check in about 55 minutes before departure, we decided to wait on line and settle into our business seats.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:13 am
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I wonder if TSA specifically requested airlines to send the announcements out. Maybe they’re seeing an uptick in missed flights, or maybe they’re planning to introduce new screening measures that might cause added delays and are heading that off with advance notices.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:16 am
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I got this email as well, but I don't think this applies to people using PreCheck. Taking out small electronic devices, such as phones, has been going on since January for the normal lines, but in PreCheck it's the same old routine. (At least it was as late as last Friday when I flew)

I think this is also Delta preemptively telling tourists to expect long security lines.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:17 am
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What's with the powders? Is this new?
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
What's with the powders? Is this new?
I noticed that too, but never had an issue with PreCheck. I usually bring protein powder for shakes while I travel.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 12:01 pm
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I received this too but had assumed it was unique to SEA, where security likes have become comically long in the last few months even for PreCheck. With Clear, it’s never an issue, of course. But there have been days where the line snakes all the way out to the curb by the check in desks and then back to the concourse because there are so many people waiting.... and when that happens even PreCheck appears to be a 20-30 minute wait.

I think the “removing all food” rule that’s new may be part of the motivation for sending this message, as well as reaching novice summer travelers. I agree that elites should have gotten a different version...
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Old Jun 13, 18, 12:03 pm
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https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/20...deral-airports

It looks like the TSA has some recommendations for powders, but no new restrictions.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 12:07 pm
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Originally Posted by bretthexum View Post
I noticed that too, but never had an issue with PreCheck. I usually bring protein powder for shakes while I travel.
I've never noticed that before either. That's definitely new. I do the same and have brought liter sized bags of protein powder on before with no issue. It would suck if it now is subject to the 3 oz rule. I suppose I could break it up in to daily servings instead of a weeks worth in one container but that's pointless effort. Plus if I'm carrying a week's worth that would take up the majority of my 1 liter bag.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 12:10 pm
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Taking food out applies even if you are precheck. Nowadays I give 'em a good look at the apple (or any food) in my carry on and pull it out ahead of time. Don't think it applies to you? You may be delayed for a secondary.

That said, I have no intention of arriving two hours ahead as a rule.

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Old Jun 13, 18, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
What's with the powders? Is this new?
A handful of times, my wife has bought bath salts while on a trip. The TSA screeners always flag the bag and pull it aside for extra screening. Usually just a quick visual confirmation of the package is good enough. I wonder if dense powders block the x-rays so they just want to get a visual confirmation.

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Old Jun 13, 18, 12:16 pm
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From the above-referenced link:
TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.
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