The hustle and bustle of an airport is always exciting. So many people coming and going from places all over the world. However, all this commotion can make traveling stressful especially when having to go through the never-ending lines at airport security. Whether you packed something you weren’t supposed to and didn’t pass inspection, or you forgot something at home, it’s easy to get your vacation off on the wrong foot. Here are some tips and tricks to help you fly through airport security with the greatest of ease.
Check Your Pockets
One of the most common mistakes made when going through security is forgetting to check your pockets before you leave the house. The last thing you want to do is find your expensive Leatherman utility tool attached to your keychain. Sure, they may offer to ship it to you, but is it really worth the extra hassle? Don’t let your pockets go unnoticed. Make sure to check for loose change and other items that won’t make it past security.
Getting off on the Right Foot
When traveling on a plane my first recommendation would be to dress comfortably, but what many don’t know is that certain clothes and accessories may cause some turbulence before even boarding the flight. One of the biggest things to take into consideration is footwear. Slip-on shoes and sandals are ideal for traveling because you’re required to remove your shoes when going through security.
Watch the Bling
Accessories put the finishing touches on a great outfit, but they can also get your traveling off on a bad start. Save yourself the trouble and skip all the fancy jewelry. That goes for you too, men. Don’t worry about the flashy watch. Nobody wants to go through the metal detector more than once and you’ll save time.
The 4-1-1 on the 3-1-1 Rule of Thumb
I ask myself this question every time I go through security, “When was the last time somebody attacked me with a jar of baby food?” But one of the biggest things preventing people from getting through security smoothly is their latest rule against large amounts of liquids in carry-ons. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to remember. Here’s the 4-1-1 on the 3-1-1 rule. These three digits will help you fly through security with ease. Three; Ever heard of travel size? Most fit the standard of 3.4 oz of liquid in a container. One; Put your travel sized containers in one quart-sized clear plastic bag provided to you by the TSA. One; Only one plastic bag per person.
The minute you leave your house, the first thought that comes to mind is, “I know I forgot something, but I can’t remember what it is.” Whatever you do, don’t let that happen to your boarding pass or I.D. Make a travel folder with all the necessary documents whether they be Passports, travel itineraries or boarding passes. The best thing you can do is have all these papers in a convenient place so that you’re not scrambling to look for them.
Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, and the most important advice is to always be prepared. Follow these tips and you’ll hopefully have a smooth flight through security.