Minimize the time spent standing in line at the airport

Buy an e-ticket, check in at an electronic kiosk, or—even better—check in on your airline’s Web site and print your boarding pass before you leave the house. Most major airlines offer at least one, if not all three, of those options. If you opt for the latter and pack light (no checked bags), you can bypass the check-in counter entirely; you just proceed to security and head directly to your gate to check in.