|Preparing for travel
can be stressful but it does not have to be if you are well informed.
Before you leave home I recommend that you keep these travel tips in
mind to help to help you navigate the security screening process
during your next trip to the airport.
One of the first things passengers ask me when preparing for their next trip is, "What do I need to know in order to get through security and on to my flight quickly?" So I have listed a few travel tips that should assist in getting through airport security quickly and avoid uncomfortable situations.
|TIP: Bring a valid for of identification
to the airport
Be ready to present a valid drivers license, state or government issued identification card or passport to the airport security staff for a quick transition into the security check point. If an international traveler then have your valid passport and visa if required. If you have made a legal change to your name and have not updated your identification then I strongly advise that you update your identification or end up like passengers I have seen delayed by over an hour while airport security staff attempt to verify the passengers identity.
Use these travel tips if you have a lost or stolen identification. Traveler restrictions change all of the time and I have noticed TSA is more strict with regards to passengers attempting to board flights without identification. If you have lost your identification then you should bring at least 2 forms of alternative identification such as credit cards, debit cards, health care cards, birth certificate, court order, marriage license, check book, utility bills, divorce certificate, concealed weapons permit, social security card, college transcript, and prescription medication bottles. Without some combination of these items I have witnessed a passenger refused entry into the airport security check point and miss his flight. Plan ahead and these undesirable circumstances may be avoided. Check out TSA.gov for more information.
|TIP: Dress for quick
Remember when entering the metal detector or scanner and the security check point you will be asked to remove your shoes, belt, bulky outerwear such as jackets, coats and sweaters and your shoes. To avoid spending time removing excess layers of clothing I recommend you avoid wearing bulky, loose fitting clothing. Bulky clothing may draw unwanted attention and cause you to undergo a pat-down procedure. Guys note that the baggy, sagging pants, sweats or cargo pants in most cases will get you flagged for a pant-down procedure. Instead wear normal form fitting attire like jeans, tee-shirt or button down shirts. Avoid excess metal on your body such as large steal belt buckles, shirts or blouses with metallic buttons or large amounts of jewelry. Business suits are acceptable but be prepared to remove the jacket, belt and shoes. Also try to wear comfortable, easy to remove shoes.
|TIP: The liquids rules.
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint with your carryon luggage. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule. So what does this mean for you in practical terms? It means that you should pay close attention to the size of your toiletries and other liquid items you intend to take on your flight. Take only very small toiletries such as tooth paste, hair spray or gels, shaving cream, mouthwash, lotions and foot sprays. Nothing larger than 3.4 ounces or (100 milliliters). This includes food items such as water, soda, alcohol, peanut butter, almond butter, hummus, yogurt, aerosol cans of whipped cream, margarine, soft butter, cream cheese, gelatins or any canned goods or food items containing liquid. Some liquids are medically exempt from the liquids rules. Please see TSA liquids rules for details.
|TIP: Remember to check
your baggage for prohibited items.
There are certain things that you are allowed to bring inside of your checked baggage and others allowed inside carryon bags. Some carry-on items may be prohibited even if they appear not to be, like a baseball bat. Some of the things passengers are not permitted to bring inside carryon luggage are fuels such as for lighters, flammable aerosols, aerosol paints, flammable gasses, fireworks, stun guns, flammable powders, torch lighters, any explosives, guns or replicas, ammunition, knives regardless of size or replicas, no scissors over 7 inches long, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, golf clubs or any club like item. Or more details go to TSA prohibited items for details.
|TIP: Pack Smart to avoid delays
For a smooth screening experience, follow these tips on traveling with gifts, common electronics, foods and more!
Packing basics are an essential tool to help you avoid troublesome delays to your trip. When packing it is advised that you separate certain items in your carryon luggage so that your baggage is not flagged for any secondary screening. Try to situate all toiletry items in one corner or side of the bag separate from all electronics including charger cables and cords, then place clothing in between and on top. If you are not carrying a computer bag for your electronics then place your laptop or large electronics at the top near the suitcase or bag opening for quick and easy removal at the airport security checkpoint. I realize this either sounds very simple or some what complicated but EVERY time my carryon bag has been stopped for secondary inspection it has been because I failed to separate my small travel size toiletries from my electronics which for some reason flagged my bag for inspection. Go to TSA Website for more information.
|TIP: If pregnant for
have a health condition do what is right for you
TSA says all screening equipment at the airport security checkpoint is safe for all travelers, including women who are pregnant. Metal detectors are safe for pregnant women to walk through but talk to your doctor first before subjecting yourself to airport security body scanners, which use different types of imaging technology. Also if you have a Pace Maker or other electronic implants please check with you doctor prior to traveling.
Go to TSA Website for details.
|TIP: TSA Pre Check is the way to
TSA Pre Check is the fastest and most convenient way to go through airport security. Simply apply online, go to a 10 minute in person appointment, obtain your known traveler number and add it to all of your air ticket reservations and that is it! I am in and out of airport security in about 5 minutes. I leave my shoes on and my belt, jacket and hat all stay on as I walk through the metal detector. My laptop and small plastic bag of toiletries stay inside my bag, I pick up my bag on the other side and keep stepping towards the airline lounge. TSA Pre Check is airport security screening as easy as it gets in this day and age.
Go to TSA Website for details.
|TIP: A few Do not's
of airport security
Do not make crude remarks about explosives inside your bag! This could flag you for secondary screening and cause you to miss your flight.
Do not remove more items than you are required. Unless requested by airport security do not remove jewelry, clothing to expose bare skin or medical devices.
Do not always follow the crowd. Following crowds blindly may cause you to overlook a nearly empty, faster security check point costing you precious minutes for even hours in travel time.
Do not engage in unnecessary arguments with airport security staff. Remember security rules change all of the time and just because security staff have changed the rules doesn't mean that they are picking on you. Hard core confrontations with airport security may cause you to be seriously delayed or even detained. Pick your battles!
Do not take travel conditions to and from the airport lightly. It is recommend that you ARRIVE 2 hours in advance for a domestic flight and 3 hours in advance for international flights. Check weather and travel conditions prior to departing for the airport to avoid the stress of arriving late and possibly missing your flight.
|Why do we place our focus on TSA and its way of airport security screening? Because Airport Security worldwide has started mimicking TSA's security methods recognizing them as the standard using their techniques and methods to protect passengers, staff and planes. As savvy travelers we must adapt to changes in airport security and learn how to quickly and efficiently navigate security and once again as in years past get excited about flying and take pleasure in our travels.|