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The Fast Track

How to jet through the airport and get on your way

This story appears in the July 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

These days, getting from the airport door to your plane can take longer than your flight. To speed up your journey, try these steps:

  • Avoid long check-in lines by using the new airline ticketing kiosks. With the swipe of a credit card, the kiosk finds your reservation, asks about seat assignments or upgrades, then prints your boarding pass. Airlines eager for travelers to use these labor-saving devices offer frequent-flier-mile bonuses to early adopters.
  • Know when to walk or to take a train, tram or bus between airport buildings. At giant airport hubs like Atlanta, Denver or Pittsburgh, taking the high-speed trains between terminals, to gates or to baggage claim is a must. Get airport navigation tips before you arrive.

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