Tips to beat crowds at Bradley International Airport


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – TSA is reporting that crowds are returning to airports again as life in the U.S. goes back to normal. Sometimes you can breeze through the security lines at airports, but other times, you might have to wait a while.

“It’s crazy. I had no idea that it would be like this,” Traveler, Jane Maozzi, told 22News at Bradley International Airport when asked about the long lines Wednesday morning.

And now crowds are increasing with more than two million people are going through airports recently, the most since the pandemic began. Last Sunday TSA had the highest volume of passengers since the start of the pandemic.

“A lot of people are finally getting out, things are starting to get back to normal so it’s going to be a little chaotic, kind of back to normal if you will,” Traveler, Jacquis Watson-Sobers told 22News at Bradley International Airport.

The biggest piece of advice from TSA themselves is to make sure you don’t have any prohibited items in your carry-on such as ammunition, box cutters, tasers, firearms, or fireworks on your carry-on. All of those items have been confiscated recently at airports across the country.

Watson-Sobers was flying with her baby for the first time ever, which has it’s own extra challenges to get through security quickly. “I have as little things as possible. Obviously it’s a little harder with a little one but the less things that we have on ourselves the easier it is to get through,” she explained.

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We asked travelers what their plans are for getting through TSA quickly to make their flights. Maozzi was sticking with the classic method. “I am going to get this bag in the bucket, take out my liquid bag, take off my shoes and run [when I get through],” she said.

But there’s an easier way to go through security without even having to take off your shoes. The easiest way to skip the airport security lines is by having a TSA precheck or Global Entry membership. TSA precheck is for domestic flights and Global Entry works internationally as well. TSA precheck wait times are usually less than five minutes and you don’t have to remove your shoes, belt or light jacket, however it does cost $85 every five years.

The peak travel times and busiest days are typically Monday mornings and Friday afternoons or the days before holidays like the day before Thanksgiving. The lines at Bradley Airport are typically the longest in the morning. You can now also monitor security wait times with your smartphone with the app TripIt!

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