Just like going to the doctor can cause us to have “white coat syndrome,” traveling can be stressful, and so can navigating the airport.
An informed passenger flies better and happier. At SJU, we are prepared for #SpringBreak, one of the busiest times for travelers. To make your life easier, we have prepared a recommendation list so you can travel safer and stressless:
Preparing in advance is KEY
[Aka, “Don’t procrastinate!]
Consult with your airline about weights, sizes, and the number of bags permitted aboard. You should prepare your luggage two days in advance, check-in online, and check the boarding pass to know what boarding gate is yours.
Arrive three hours before
Don’t run through the airport! During high season, we recommend that you arrive three hours before. Set up all your alarms!
Don’t forget your mask
Don’t forget the USDA checkpoint
If you are taking a domestic flight, you must go through a USDA inspection before you even check-in. These are located at the terminal entrances. For more information, please visit http://aeropuertosju.com/pasajeros/usda/.
Travel with the correct documents
To speed up the TSA process, you should have all your documents handy. These documents include a boarding pass (electronic or printed), I.D (either a driving license or a Real ID). You will need a passport for all your family members 18yrs and older for international flights. Learn about all the valid forms of I.Ds at: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification. Learn about the Real I.D here: https://www.tsa.gov/real-id.
Be ready for the TSA protocols
To prevent any delays in your plans, follow these steps for a smooth trip. Remove anything from your pockets, take off your coat and/or jacket, your shoes, and put your phone, laptop, tablets, and other electronic devices in the basket. Follow the instructions of the security officer. For more protocol information or what to do in special circumstances, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening.
After check-in and going through the TSA, make sure to find your gate! Don’t be shy. Ask someone who works there where your gate is. You will probably have some time to kill, so why not get some food, souvenirs, and buy whatever you might have missed, such as sunblock, toothbrush, prepaid cards, phone chargers, and more!
Have a safe and fun spring break!