Passports are required for ALL U.S. Citizens, residents, and visitors entering the United States.
Lenger Travel Center highly recommends travelers obtain a passport for ALL travel outside the continental U.S. U.S. Passport Cards are ONLY valid for land border crossings from Canada and Mexico.
Your tour operator may refuse you travel without proper documentation and run a high risk of being denied re-entry into the country by U.S. immigration.
Courtesy of Kent County Department of Aeronautics
Ever wonder what "secrets" are out there to make your next business or vacation travel experience a breeze? Well, the following tips are offered to help you fly through your next trip!
Before Leaving Home
If you can, pack everything you need for your trip in a single carry-on bag. Not only will you save on the checked bag fee, but you can avoid additional delays at the airport.
When packing, be sure to leave any prohibited items at home; and remember the TSA's 3-1-1 Rule for all liquids and gels. You can always find the most up-to-date information on the TSA website at www.tsa.org.
If you have no checked bags and are traveling within the U.S. you can also check in for your flight and print your boarding pass at home up to 24 hours before departure. By doing so, you can bypass the airline ticket counter altogether and head straight for your gate!
Arriving at the Airport
The airlines recommend that passengers arrive at the ticket counter at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time and be at the gate no less than 45 minutes before departure for domestic travel.
Remember to plan additional time to park and way find to the passenger terminal building. If you park in the economy lot, you should plan an additional 15-20 minutes to park and ride the shuttle to the terminal. From the parking garage, plan 5 minutes to walk across. Opt for Valet Parking and you can drop your car at the terminal curb!
While the average security-screening wait time at GFIA is 5-10 minutes, wait times do increase during peak travel windows. It's always best to plan more time in your schedule and avoid the stress and cost of potentially missing your flight. Keep your identification and boarding pass handy as you will need to show these items at the checkpoint.
Returning to the Airport
If you used Valet Parking, your vehicle will be waiting for you curbside - just stop at the counter to pay and you're on your way. If you parked your own vehicle, you may use one of the "credit card only" lanes at the exit plaza and be on your way in just 30 seconds.
So, there you have it. Some tried and true travel tips. Give them a try, and - Happy Flying!
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