The mere thought of traveling through LA’s biggest airport during the biggest travel days of the year may be enough to give us all headaches. There are a million drop off lanes, overcrowded security lines, and loud families just trying to make it to their gate in time. If you’re traveling through LAX this holiday season, we thought you could use some time-saving tips!

1. Arrive Early!

 This may seem like a no-brainer to some folks, but when it comes to LAX, if you arrive on time, you’re basically already too late. Make sure to leave your house 30 minutes before you think you should to arrive on time. This will provide a cushion in case any mishaps occur. And if everything goes right, that’s an extra half hour you’ll have to read your favorite book in the terminal!

2. Get TSA Pre-check

It may seem tedious to go through the process of getting that little “TSA PRE” on your ticket, but we can assure you, it’s worth it. All you have to do is go to your nearest TSA office, fill out some paperwork, pay a small fee, and boom! No long security lines for you for the next 5 years. And you can always renew it!

3. Connection Convenience

If you aren’t willing to pay $85 for everyone in your family to get pre-check, this may be the best tip for you. At LAX, once you get through security, you can shuttle to any terminal you’d like. Research ahead of time to see which airlines have faster security and once you’re through, shuttle on over to your flight’s terminal. This way, you can skip the hassle if your airline tends to have busy security lines.

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