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Airport tech tips to get you through holiday traveling (13 Photos)

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It’s estimated that 94% of Americans plan to travel during the holiday season. 94 PERCENT. Airports pretty much suck in general, but they really suck for your gadgets. Whether it’s charging your 5 devices, or getting the coveted Wi-Fi, here are some tips to consider for when you’re stuck waiting to board for 4 hours.


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Scan your passport and other documents on your phone

Getting all the way up to the security line only to realize that you forgot your ID is one of the worst feelings. So before you board a flight, consider scanning important documents and uploading them to your cloud service. A lot of airlines have apps that support scanned passports for international chick-ins, such as United Airlines.



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Download FlightBoard to monitor arrivals and departures

Turn your phone into a personal flight board (no, really?) with this app and get all the essential info: flight times, gate numbers and delays.



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Charge your phone in Airplane Mode

When you need as much juice as possible before you board your flight, switch your phone into airplane mode before you plug in. It’s proven to charge your phone faster, 4 minutes faster, to be exact.



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Carry a portable organizer for your gadgets

Sifting through cluttered carry-ons just to find your charging cord should not be as big of a problem as it is. Organizers like this are very useful for securing spots for cords, documents, tablets, etc.



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Take a photo of your baggage being checked in

Just in case anything happens to your belongings, you’ll have indisputable proof of your bags being in good shape and in the airline’s hands, giving them full liability.



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Secure luggage with a digital tracker

Rather than worry where your travel bag is being sent, let a luggage tracker like Trakdot do the work for you. The little box is crush-proof and equipped with locked bags to deter theft, and can transmit locations that let you know exactly where your stuff is. Since, you know, airlines love to lose your shit.



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Use the MyTSA app to find shorter security lines

The more you know, the better. MyTSA has all the standard travel info and also provides a peek at which security lines are the shortest, if your airport offers a choice between locations.



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Buy a portable power strip

you don’t want to be the guy that hogs all of the available outlets at an airport. Invest in a portable power strip that offers 3 standard AC outlets and 2 USB ports. That’s more than enough to charge your laptop tablet and phone simultaneously.



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Roll back the clock for extended Wi-Fi use

It doesn’t always work, but sometimes it actually does. If the airport offers an hour of free internet, adjust the clock on your laptop back an hour before the time window closes.



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Browse through FourSquare comments for Wi-Fi passwords

If there ever was a great use for FourSquare, it’s for stealing Wi-Fi logins at the airport. The local discovery and social media services is a password haven for public hotspots. Search the comment sections of your locations and chances are you’ll have the login in no time.



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Or, try the ‘Developer Tools’ trick

Paywall sites block access to the web through a variety of methods. A common option is by simply disabling the address bar within the browser. You can get past this by breaking out the error console and changing how your enter a web address.

If you have Chrome, click View>Developer>Developer Tools. Then just find the search bar, and enter the following formula to be back in business: window.location.href=“https://www.google.com”

If you’re using Firefox, click Menu>Developer>Web Console>click the double-blue arrow on the bottom left of the screen. Use the same format to get to a site.



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Use Google Voice to make calls and send texts

As you probably know, reception is terrible at the airport. But what you might not know is that you can still make calls and texts without tapping into your data plan. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection, along with Google Voice and Hangouts. Set up your Voice phone number and communicate that way. Another way is to buy a prepaid SIM card with data access to utilize Google’s services.

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