There is one way passengers can tell if they’re going to be held up
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The cabin crew are frequent flyers meaning they know the ins and outs of an airport operations system, including how to breeze through security.
Airport security protocols are one of the biggest irritations for passengers as they must ensure they follow the extensive list of rules if they hope the sail through security without any additional hold-ups.
Passengers have always been told to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight to allows for the routine checks but do you really need to arrive at the gate an hour ahead of your flight time?
The answer is yes, you should schedule this into your day to avoid any chance of an airport dash to the plane and here’s why.
Flights using American airspace now require extra security screening before taking off explains flight comparison site Skyscanner.
These searches often occur at specific checkpoints set up next to the gate and can hold passengers up in they are running to catch their flight.
So how do you know if you’ve been selected for one of these searches?
Passengers who have been selected for the additional search will not be able to print their own boarding passes.
An error message will occur, and passengers will be informed that they will be required to check in at a desk upon arriving at the airport.
If the letters SSSS appear on the boarding pass, additional security is required
The letters stand for “Secondary Security Screening Selection”
Once passengers have received their boarding pass, the letters, ‘SSSS’ will appear on the ticket.
The letters stand for “Secondary Security Screening Selection” and is an additional level of security designed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Skyscanner revealed passengers could expect “a bag search, swabbing for any suspicious residue, powering-up your electronic and a chat with a TSA agent.”
The TSA decide who will receive the additional level of screening by checking the passenger against a list of “high-risk” flyers.
However, if your journey is deemed as “unusual” such a buying a one-way ticket or flying to a “high-risk country” the additional checks may be implemented.
Passengers should arrive at their gate an hour before their flight
However, if you do not receive the ‘SSSS’ stamp, it is still a good idea to arrive at the airport ahead of schedule.
Skyscanner explained that even if you’re not flying to the US or over American airspace, airport security is still likely to hold you up.
“It takes at least 25 minutes to board your average 130-seater short-haul aircraft and about 50 minutes to load up a large long-haul aircraft, such as the A380”, the site explained.
“Having all passengers arrive early means the aircraft will depart on time and may even be able to leave ahead of schedule.”
Ensuring you follow the 100ml liquid limit and wearing sensible shoes will also lower the stress of passing through security as smoothly as possible.