No one loves standing on airport TSA security lines. Except maybe Amelia the Airplane, the mascot for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
Now, PHX joins the list of airports where passengers may cut their TSA line wait time by booking ahead. The pilot program is called PHX RESERVE and it kicks off first in PHX Terminal 3.
Travelers may go online and book their reservations up to 72 hours ahead of their flight. When their reservation slot comes around, passengers then go through a dedicated entry TSA entry point.
Better yet: the program, which is an example of ‘virtual cueing’, is free.
Here is a bit more information about the program:
The dedicated PHX Reserve security entry point will be available daily between 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservation times can be made for between 60 minutes and four hours before a passenger’s flight. Individuals can book a spot for themselves or for up to 10 people traveling as a group.
“We are proud Sky Harbor can offer another great service to our customers to make their travels easier and more flexible,” said Chad Makovsky, Director of Aviation Services for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department. “What’s good for our passengers and guests is good for the air travel industry as a whole.”
The ability to schedule a time to go through the airport security checkpoint line is a welcome amenity being offered at other airports too, under a variety of names. The list includes:
SEA Spot Saver at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
DFW Fast Pass at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
LAX Fast Lane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
VirtuaLine in Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
If we missed the TSA reservation program at your airport, let us know and we’ll add it.