How many times have you been in a long line at the TSA checkpoint and been frustrated at how many people are ill prepared to get thru the line efficiently. Then when it was your turn, you realized that you too were struggling and set off the alarm by metal in your shoes, your belt, etc.?
Good news is there are 10 quick and easy tips to remember when dressing for the airport that will help:
- Make sure that your shoes slip on and off easily. Shoes should not have any metal decorations such as buckles. If wearing lace up shoes, have them slightly untied (you can do this while standing in line) so they can be slipped off and on easily.
- Wear socks so that your feet are protected when you need to remove your shoes and walk thru the metal detector.
- Try to leave your belt in your carry on and put it on after exiting the security line.
- Wear jackets, sweaters, and coats that can be taken off easily and put into the trays.
- Make sure your pockets are empty.
- Have your jewelry, watches, cell phones in your carry on luggage and put items on after you have left the security area.
- Make sure your clothing do not have any metal embellishments such as metal studs.
- Bring a small carry on that will hold your identification, plane tickets, wallet, etc., so that you are not emptying out your pockets at the last minute.
- Make sure that you do not have any metal in your hair or some larger body piercings that contain metal should be removed and stored in carry on luggage.
- Certain under wire bras can set off metal detector.
Additional TSA concerns are:
- Have your laptop in your carry on in way that can be easily removed and put back in.
- Make sure your liquids comply to these TSA rules: Liquids, gels and aerosols packed in carry-on must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:
- 1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)
- 1 bag per passenger
- 3.4 ounces or less per container in side the bag
These simple steps will help you have a more efficient and less stressful airport security experience!