TSA Has an App to Help Skirt Security Wait Times

Jan 2, 2018

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Attention world travelers: Stop what you’re doing and download TSA’s MyTSA app.

The Transportation Security Administration is offering, for once, a service to ease travelers’ woes. We’ve all heard the horror stories of people missing flights because of exceedingly long security lines or getting randomly selected for a security screening, but with the MyTSA app, those are problems of the past — or so we hope.

The app was originally released in July 2010, but the wait times were crowdsourced. With a new feature that debuted in the summer of 2017, MyTSA provides passengers with 24/7 access to airport security information. It includes helpful tips and hints for preparing for security including a searchable database of what you can and cannot bring in your carry-on.

Through the app, you can also:

  • See security checkpoint times reported by travelers
  • Check airport or weather delays that may affect your flight
  • Report your own security checkpoint wait times to help other travelers in your area
  • Discover which airports support TSA PreCheck and learn how to sign up
  • Check how historically busy an airport will be on your specific day and time of travel
  • Request live assistance from TSA through the AskTSA direct message feature

The app is available for free download on the app store for iOS and Android phones.

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