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lines. Consider flying into a smaller airport near carry-on," says Ben. "The last thing you want is a programs that allow pre-screened and vetted fliers your destination or flying out of Providence, Rhode packed bin. That's how you lose stuff." to whiz through security. These require a little leg- Island or Manchester, New Hampshire. ten six Leave time for connections. work to sign up for in advance, but are worth it when Forget the security completely. the lines are long and you're short on time. Currently, TSA Preê (tsa.gov) and Global Entry Since airlines are eternal optimists about their flight (GlobalEntry.gov), the U.S. Customs and Border Logan allows TSA Preê for Delta, Alaska, and times, experts recommend adding 20 minutes to Protection (CBP) program, are trusted traveler American airlines. the minimum connecting times between flights. Base your choices of connections on this realistic math so you have a cushion for unforeseen issues. Have a backup plan and know alternative flights, just in case. It's also a good idea to study the layout of unfamiliar airports so you'll know where to go when you land. seven Take your seats. If you can't book preferred seats, set up alerts through services like ExpertFlyer.com that send free notifications when a window or aisle seat becomes vacant. For 99 cents, it also sends an e-mail if two adjacent seats become available. You can also watch the airline's website five days before your trip and then 24 to 48 hours before, which is when coach seats usually open up as VIP fliers are upgraded to first class. eight Turn on your mobile device. You can't use your cell phone during the flight, but beforehand it can be a time-saver. Most airlines like Delta, United, and American Airlines have smartphone applications that allow you to check-in for flights, download mobile boarding passes, and change your seat. nine Secure a good place in line. Lace-up boots, eternity scarves, and three-panel belts may be fashion-forward items, but they won't move the line forward when you spend 15 minutes disrobing. Being prepared for airport security makes all the difference. Wear slip-on shoes and, before you get to the conveyor, loosen or remove sunglasses, wallet, keys, and phone in your carryon. "Before getting to TSA, place your bin items in a Ziploc bag that you put into a side pocket of your ( C H E R Y L F E N T O N writer ) 21 s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e your belt, unzip your laptop bag, and tuck your

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