Getting through airport security is often one of the most tedious tasks when it comes to air travel — but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these six tips to get through airport security with the greatest of ease.
Opt for TSA Pre-Check
How much simpler would getting through the security checkpoint be if you didn’t have to remove your shoes, laptop, belt or jacket? With TSA’s Pre-Check, you can do just that. Check out the website for eligibility details, get signed up as a “Known Traveler” and spend less time in the airport security line.
Choose a bag with an accessible zipper
Unless you’ve truly mastered the art of packing light, you’re probably going to be headed through airport security with a carry-on bag. Be sure to choose one with an easily accessible pocket on the outside, because this is where you should put your ID, passport and boarding pass so you don’t become that guy who holds up the security line while he’s digging through his bag for his travel documents. Trust us, no one likes that guy.
Bag your pocket items
One surefire way to spend some extra time going through the metal detectors at airport security is to keep a bunch of junk in your pockets. Avoid this time-sucking situation altogether by putting what you’d normally carry in your pockets inside a resealable plastic bag that you can easily toss in your carry-on for screening. Once you’re through to the other side, you can refill your pockets to your heart’s content.
Get ready while you’re in line
Instead of checking your email for the umpteenth time, make the most of your time by getting ready for the security screening while waiting in line. Get those shoes off, remove your belt, take off your jacket and make sure your laptop is easily accessible so that when you finally get to the bins, you’re good to go.
Pay attention to who you get behind in line
When it comes time to choose a screening line, it’s time to put your people-watching skills to good use. Use your best judgment when you decide who to get behind. Look for those who look like they want to speed through security just as fast as you do, and get behind them. Those with their boarding pass in one hand and their shoes and jacket in the other are a good bet, while you’ll probably want to avoid getting behind a chatty group of backpackers who still need to unlace their hiking boots before having their massive carry-ons screened.
Choose your screener wisely
When it comes to picking your line, choosing the right screener is just as important. Pay attention to which TSA agents look like they’re really hustling to get their lines moving and avoid the slower-moving agents like the plague. Unless, of course, you don’t mind spending an extra 20 minutes in line.
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