There are security lines in almost all airports in the world these days. Frequent flyers are known to clear security like a fresh breeze, and with the right tips you can do the same. Last month my all inclusive Hawaii package trip was a blast and I used these tips. Your first trick is to plan ahead so you aren’t trying to pull it all together while holding up others.
Clear loose change from your pockets. Put the change in the small bins provided by security and add in your cell phone and wallet. If you are wearing any jewelry, a watch, or a belt buckle, you will have to take them off and either add them to the bin or slip them into your carry-on bag.
If you are carrying snack foods, books, or other personal items, arrange them together nicely so you don’t waste time collecting them after being scanned.
In the United States, you have to take your shoes off. Slip-on shoes will come off and go on faster. If you are wearing shoes with laces or zips, undo the ties or zips before you reach the front of the line, this way you don’t waste time taking them off. (Take care when you put them back on that you don’t trip before you’re put back together!)
You can carry a quart or liter plastic bag to contain liquids, gels and creams, but you have to place it in the bin with your other belongings. Make sure all of your liquids are 3 ounces (100 ml) or less. There shouldn’t be any loose liquids in your carry-on bag. If you have “medically necessary” liquids or baby food, in most countries, those can be outside of your plastic bag allowance, but you must notify a screening officer.
Don’t just throw things into the bin, there should be a plan. You want the items to be placed in the bin according to the order you will put them back on at the end of the screening. Read on to learn about one effective strategy for ordering your bin.
First put in your shoes and your carry-on personal item, followed by your coat. They will come through the x-ray first, and you can be putting them back on while you’re waiting for your other items to be screened.
You can save time with your laptop simply by putting the case through to be scanned first; this way you can put the laptop back into the case right as it clears.
If it’s going to take you a long time to put your shoes back on, collect all of your belongings and move to the side so the line doesn’t get jammed up. Most airports will place chairs near the security lines so you can use them to put your shoes and other items back on after clearing.
Leaving your bin on the belt while you put on shoes is upsetting to travelers stuck waiting behind you, but it is also frustrating for the airport agents trying to process other travelers. Airports report that almost half of all security checkpoint bottlenecks are caused by people putting themselves together after screening without moving to the side…. don’t let this be you!Some items or gifts may not be permissible to bring on the plane. As an example I bought a Plumeria Cutting for a gift but was not allowed to bring it on the plane. Be sure this kind of thing does not happen to you!
You’re going to read this, and next time you travel, you’re going to move through that security checkpoint with a plan… and they’ll think you’re an expert traveler no matter whether you travel often or not.