With the airports getting busier than ever, airline staffing reductions are creating longer lines at check-in and airport security waiting times can be really unpredictable. Comparing to the old airport “two-hour” rules flights often takes-off and spares just two minutes to buy a magazine, grab a snack or hustle your kids into the bathroom.
Save here and add some extra minutes to your side; here are 16 power-pack airport tips that will help you reach your seat from the front door, and without any pain as well as here are some ideas to move forward with your flight.
Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes, and then any heavier items. This will help transportation security officers see what’s in your bag. Innocent items can actually appear to be potential threats in an X-ray image, simply by the way they are packed.
Dress The Part
If travelers alarm when passing through a metal detector or advanced imaging technology unit, additional screening will be required. This is what you want to avoid.
Be sure to take out your belt, any jewelry and body piercings and place them in your bag before you pass through the security line. This will both save a lot of time
and a lot of trouble.
Passengers should present the following documents to a Transportation Security Officer at the checkpoint:
- Boarding pass
Passengers without identification (lost, stolen, etc.), will be required to provide the document checking officer with some information to help verify their identity.
Arrive on Time
Arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check with the air carrier. Remember to leave adequate time to check baggage and move through security. iPhone and Android apps are available through the airlines to help you deter mine if there are any waits, delays, or what the wait might be. Use these to your
Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off at the security line. Though don’t wear flip flops, since you’ll be putting your feet on the floor you’ll probably want some-thing that allows for socks. The best shoes are a pair of flats that can be easily slipped off for women and for men, a pair of dress shoes without laces.
Don’t Wrap Gifts
If a security officer needs to inspect a package, they may have to unwrap the gift. Passengers should refrain from wrap-ping gifts until arriving at their final destination. Instead, think of putting any gifts or presents in a gift bag that can be easily opened if it is flagged. Having to re-wrap a gift in the airport can cause quite a head-ache.
Put your phone, iPod, and other gadgets in your bag rather than your pockets. After you go through security, you can throw them in your pockets when you have a moment to sit down. Try keeping your wallet in your bag and your ID in your pocket for quick access. It’s rare that you’ll need you phone in the security line any-
Take infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse the stroller before arriving at the metal detector. Also let them know that their toys will have to go through the X-ray machine. This will avoid an upset child.
Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats are never tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing flight departures. To avoid any confusion with the security officers or TSA Agents, just behave yourself and get through the line quickly.
Bag the Coat
Put your coat or other zip-up accessories in your bag. If you’re cold, opt for a non-zip sweater or sweatshirt, which they won’t make you take off at security. Often having to stop to take off layers of clothes will results in delays and hold up the security lines.
Find Open Lines
When you arrive at the airport, check to see if there are any other security lines. Often (especially on busier days), they’ll open up a few security lines at the ends of the lobby, where you might be less likely to see them-and the lines are often much shorter.
Thanks for reading, have a happy flight ✈
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