Here are a few stress-saving tips for getting through security lines quickly and easily:
To ease your peace of mind when traveling, always arrive early. The most well-planned itinerary is not immune to weather, traffic, long-lines and schedule changes. If you miss your first flight, your itinerary will be marked as “no-show” and your entire ticket will no longer hold any value.
Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Make sure you’ll be comfortable walking in these for a long period of time.
You will have to remove belts, hats, watches, and any chunky jewelry before going through the metal detector. Try to limit your accessories in order to the reduce the time you spend juggling these items before and after you go through security.
Boarding Pass and ID
You will need to have your boarding pass and ID/passport ready before security screening. Decide ahead of time what you are going to do with these after you show them. Will you put them back in your carry on? Keep them in a pocket? It may seem silly to “plan” this out, but in the whirlwind of the security line, it is easy for even the most attentive person to lose or drop things.
If you are traveling internationally, you’ll definitely want to have travel-sized toiletries with you in your carry on. Don’t wait until you’re in line to make sure your liquids, gels and aerosols are the correct size and stored in a clear bag. Pack all these items properly at home. The standard maximum size for liquids in your carry on luggage is 3.4 oz.
If you are traveling with a laptop or other electronic devices, make sure you store these in an easily accessible area of your backpack or carry on. You will be asked to remove laptops before placing them on screening belt, so make sure you can remove it easily.
When in Doubt, Leave it Out
If you are questioning whether or not an item is appropriate to bring in your carry on luggage, err on the side of caution and don’t bring it. Not only could you lose this item, but you may be stalled by security and risk missing your flight.