Flying can make traveling a breeze, especially when you are covering long distances. But, for some, navigating through airport security can be an exercise in patience. To make the experience a little less painful, take a look at these simple tips for a trouble-free airport security encounter.
Brush up on the Rules
A sure fire way to get caught up at airport security is not knowing the rules and restrictions the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has in place for travel. There are strict regulations on what is and is not allowed through. It’s wise to brush up on things such as the 3-1-1 Liquid Rule or what items are considered prohibited. Being knowledgeable not only speeds the process, but it can save you from having an important belonging confiscated at the checkpoint.
Limiting yourself to a carry-on and personal item is a wonderful way to keep you from having to check a bag. However, it’s important to make sure you also pack them in a way that helps you get through security more quickly. Pack your quart-sized liquids bag in a place that is easy to access, such as your purse or backpack. This will keep you from the hassle of having to unzip your carry-on suitcase. If you’re traveling with a laptop, you will have to place it in its own security bin, so put it an easily reached place. You’ll be thankful after the security checkpoint too, when you’re able to swiftly get all of your belongings back together.
Being conscience of your attire the day of travel will help you when it comes to maneuvering through airport security. Wear shoes that can effortlessly be removed. Avoid wearing a belt or any bulky jewelry. You will also be asked to take off any outerwear, such as a coats or jackets. The fewer items you have to handle during screening the happier you’ll be.
In some cases, you will breeze through security due to the low foot traffic at the airport. Unfortunately, when there is a high level of activity, the lines can be much longer. It’s always a good idea to arrive early. The TSA recommends arriving two hours early for flights. Most flights start boarding about 30 minutes prior to departure so this should give you plenty of time to get checked in and through security.