Going through airport security can be stressful, especially if you're arriving from or departing to another country. But if you have a plan of action when going through security—and follow it—you'll breeze right through without getting stressed out or causing delays for others behind you in line. Here's what I've found works best for me (and countless other travelers):
Have a plan of action
Shower. (Yes, seriously.)
If you have time to shower before you go to the airport, do it! You'll feel better about yourself and be less likely to get sick from being in a stuffy plane for hours on end. Plus, who wants to smell like they've been on a flight for days? We've all been there: You're at security and the person ahead of you is causing delays because she's wearing heels that are too high for her feet or trying to take food past security because she doesn't want it anymore. You don't want to be that person holding up everyone else's day just because they can't stand the smell coming off their body anymore.
Skip the fashion accessories
When it comes to airport security, every item in your carry-on bag must be able to fit through the x-ray machine. This means you can't wear large accessories like hats, scarves, belts or even shoes.
If you have a backpack that you're bringing with you on your trip (and most people do), make sure it has no metal or electronic parts inside—these will set off the alarm when going through security.
Dress for efficiency
When you're packing for your flight, think about what you're going to wear and how much time it will take to get ready. It's best to avoid clothing with laces or belts that can be difficult or time consuming to remove. Jeans are also a bad idea because of their bulkiness. Instead, opt for pants and shirts that fasten at the front with buttons or zippers so they're easy to take off once your bag has been x-rayed.
If your shoes are difficult to take off (think high heels), put them in a plastic bag and slip them over the edge of your suitcase when you pack it so they don't get lost inside. However, if you do lose them during security screening and need another pair before boarding your flight, bring along some flats so you'll still be able to walk comfortably at the airport after screenings are complete!
Layers of clothing should also be avoided as they can add unnecessary weight and hassle during screening processes—and who wants extra bulk? Jewelry is another item worth considering carefully: While many people like wearing necklaces or bracelets through airport security lines because they're fashionable pieces of jewelry that reflect personal style, these items often have shiny metals embedded into them which may set off alarms while being scanned by x-ray machines used by TSA agents during screenings; it's also possible that certain types (such as costume jewelry) might not be allowed through due safety regulations imposed by airlines when flying internationally."
Wear slip-on shoes
Don't wear sunglasses
Sunglasses are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags, but they can be worn on the plane. If you’re going to wear sunglasses, buy a cheap pair at the airport!
Be nice to the TSA employees
You're probably familiar with the old saying, "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar." While this may be true, it's also a cliché. Nevertheless, it rings true in most situations—and airport security is one of them.
Don't be that person who yells at TSA agents because they're doing their job and following protocol. It's not their fault that your bag has an alarm on it or that there are rules to follow. These agents are just trying to make sure everyone has a safe flight! If you want to get through airport security quickly and efficiently, follow these tips:
Keep your ID and boarding pass in an easily accessible place that's hard to lose or forget, like a back pocket or small purse
Keep your ID and boarding pass in an easily accessible place that's hard to lose or forget, like a back pocket or small purse.
I know this is obvious, but I've seen so many people fumble with their IDs at the security checkpoint. They pull out their wallets and start digging around through all of their stuff before they realize they're not actually in there (or worse: they put them in their pocket).
The easiest way to avoid this is by keeping your ID and boarding pass somewhere other than the wallet you'll be carrying on your person for the duration of your trip. I recommend keeping them in a separate compartment of your carry-on bag, like one of those special pockets designed specifically for storing documents (especially if you're flying Virgin America). Your boarding pass should be kept separately from its corresponding ticket as well - it should not be stapled onto said ticket! Instead, put it into another part of your carry-on bag or bring along something like TicketFast so that you can print out new tickets whenever necessary.
Know what you can bring through security in your carry-on and checked luggage
If you have a plan of action when going through airport security, you'll breeze right through without getting stressed out or causing delays for others behind you in line
When you're going through airport security, having a plan of action will make your experience much smoother.
*This article was written by an AI.
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