5 Ways Locum Tenens Providers Can Navigate Airports Faster

People in an airportPhysicians and advanced practitioners who take locum tenens jobs in other states (or in remote areas of their own state) often choose to travel by air. And why not? It’s faster, and they can nap, read, or watch a movie and arrive at their destination refreshed. Similarly, they can catch up on busy work, such as updating their calendar or completing documents, to use their time more productively than they could in a vehicle. Yet the check-in process, lengthy security lines, potential delays, and other challenges that can come with flying could be trying to even the most easy-going travelers.

Fortunately, you and your fellow clinicians can take measures to enjoy positive airport experiences, whether you’ll be winging your way to a new assignment or taking a well-deserved vacation.

  1. Sign up for TSA PreCheck. Many locum tenens providers take to the friendly skies multiple times a year. If you fall into that category, you could cut time spent at checkpoints by enrolling in TSA PreCheck. With a five-year $85 membership, you can get through security more quickly and will not need to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids, belt, or light jacket. Simply apply online, schedule an appointment for a background check, which includes fingerprinting, at one of nearly 400 enrollment centers. Also worth noting: You get PreCheck if you’re a member of a Customs and Border Protection expedited entry program, such as Global Entry, Nexus, or Sentri.

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    1. Invest in a few TSA-friendly items. If you fly regularly or plan to for locum tenens commitments and do not plan to register for TSA PreCheck, consider buying items like a TSA-approved laptop case, travel bottles, and reusable toiletry bags to help you get through security checkpoints more quickly.


    1. Check in online. It takes roughly five minutes and lets you review and verify the flight time. You can print your boarding pass or just scan it from your smartphone. Prior to heading to the airport, be sure to download the given airline’s app, which could further speed things up.


    1. Confirm flight status and wait times through the TSA app. If you haven’t downloaded it, now is the perfect time to do so. Although many carriers will contact passengers via text if there’s a delay, performing this easy task will give you real-time info and could save you from getting to the terminal three hours early.


  1. Choose what you wear with security lines in mind. To avoid getting held up at checkpoints, refrain from donning intricate jewelry, clothing and/or accessories embellished with metal, and shoes that do not easily slip on and off. You might consider packing belts in your luggage and placing any jewelry in a case to be stashed in your carry-on. Also, think about wearing a comfortable pair of pants and a sweater or casual shirt to the airport. You’ll not only get through security faster, but will also be more comfortable while flying.

Call Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855.301-0563 to explore locum tenens opportunities with an experienced recruiter, and check out our blog for tips, the latest news and trends, and other helpful information.

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