By Herschel J. Grangent, Jr.
After Labor Day, summer travel will be a thing of the past as far as the
masses are concerned. For some, images of crowded terminals and long lines
will begin to fade. However, there may be others who are planning late-season
travel through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For those
travelers, here are some helpful tips and advice to help reduce wait times
and make things go as smoothly as possible.
Hartsfield-Jackson Web site
A wealth of travel information awaits at www.atlanta-airport.com.
You can find out about available on-site parking, wait times at the Main
Security Checkpoint, and even track your flight.
This service is available on the Airport Web site, and allows travelers
to keep tabs on their flight throughout the day. Simply enter your flight
number along with an email address or mobile phone number and you can
receive up-to-the-minute information on any gate changes or delays involving
your flight, before you even leave your residence.
- Online Check-in
Many airlines allow you to check in for flights online prior to arriving
at the airport. From your home or office, you can even print boarding
passes and your receipt.
- Remote bag check
Currently, four Metro Atlanta locations offer remote bag check-in through
Baggage Airline Guest Services (BAGS) -- the Westin Atlanta Airport on
Best Road, the Atlanta Crowne Plaza Ravinia on Ashford Dunwoody Road,
the Grand Hyatt on Peachtree Road, and the Park N’ Fly Plus parking
facility on Camp Creek Parkway. Simply pay a nominal $10 fee (the service
is free for Park N’ Fly customers) and present your identification
and itinerary, and your baggage will be securely transported to your plane.
- Pack with security in mind
Remember the 3-1-1 rule when packing toiletries: three (3) ounce containers,
in clear, one (1) quart zip-top bags, and one (1) bag per passenger that
must be placed in a security bin for screening. Prohibited items such
as weapons or explosives should not be brought to the airport. A visit
to the Transportation Security Administration’s Web site (www.tsa.gov)
will provide you with a complete list of prohibited items.
- Arrive at the Airport early to avoid lines
Arrive two hours prior to your flight time whether or not you are checking
luggage. If you are taking an international flight, arrive about three
hours prior to your scheduled departure time. This gives you ample time
to navigate the Checkpoint and Transportation Mall.
Curbside check-in is available
Relax and enjoy your flight!
You’ve worked hard all year, and you have more than earned
this vacation, so relax.