In the fifth week of the partial government shutdown, the number of TSA workers calling in sick continues to rise. Long security lines should be expected at U.S. airports, which is why I encourage getting to the airport extra early as long as this is ongoing.

Another measure to take to reduce airport stress? Download the free MyTSA app, which as LifeHacker writes “allows you to locate an airport and find information that will affect your flight like possible delays, weather conditions, and security line wait times. While information about delays is collected from the Federal Aviation Administration, wait times are actually crowd-sourced and collected by the app’s very own users, like the Waze of airline travel.

“If there isn’t any information on the current wait time or you’re planning your trip well in advance, TSA also uses prior data to make informed guesses about how long a security line might take on any given time and date, too. If you want to help out your fellow passengers, you can report the wait time yourself on the app’s dashboard.”

Have you used the MyTSA app? If so, please share your experience in the comments!



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