Conquer long airport lines

You’ve been planning your trip for weeks, maybe even months and you arrive at the airport. You have your suitcase in your left hand, airline ticket in the other and you march excitedly into the terminal only to be stopped in your tracks (literally) by the long lines of travelers waiting to board their flight. Ugh!

Read on because there are a few things you can do to help you breeze through the security and check in processes.

Tip 1: When your carry on bag travels through the x ray scanner it will be so much easier to decipher what is in your bag if you packed it in an organized fashion. Items will show up clearer if you layer them between clothes. Roll up your charger cords and have them neatly bundled and secured with an elastic band. This way they don’t look like electronic spaghetti entangled around your flip flops. You are less likely to be stopped with an organized bag where everything is clearly visible in the x-ray image.

Tip 2: When traveling with electronics (who doesn’t) you can leave your small electronics such as iPods in the carry on bag but larger items such as laptops must be removed and screened separately. TSA officers know what the inside of a laptop should look like and screening them is a security measure to make sure that the device has not been altered in any way. Laptop bags are subject to scutiny too.

Tip 3: If you have to carry liquids in your carry on bag for any reason remember the 3-1-1 rule. The TSA will allow travelers to carry 3.4oz bottles of gels, liquids and aerosols but only enough to fit in one 1 quart Ziploc bag. Some items that don’t fall under this rule are medical supplies, baby formula or insulin; however you must declare these for inspection.

Tip 4: If you are traveling with gifts, do not gift wrap them. You’ll only have to unwrap it if a security officer wants to inspect it.

Tip 5: Wear easy to remove jackets, scarves and shoes. You will only hold up the line if you have to tie shoelaces and buttons on either side of the scanner. Slip on shoes are perfect choices.

Tip 6: Be aware of your conduct and that of your children. Any unruly or quarrelsome behavior will not be tolerated. You may miss your flight or cause delays.

Tip 7: Take children out of strollers and carriers and fold them down. Carry your little ones with you when walking through the scanner. It will save time if you can do this before arriving at the screening so that you can just pop the stroller on the conveyer and sail through.

Tip 8: Be prepared with all your paperwork. You will need to have your boarding pass and identification documents ready. Acceptable forms of identification include: driver’s license, passport or any other government issued document. All identification must contain a name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and some kind of tamper proof feature. So the ID from your local library for instance is not sufficient.

Tip 9: If the alarm goes off when you walk through the detector you may need additional screening. To avoid this make sure you have removed all items from your pockets, such as money, keys, jewelry etc. Remember body piercings may set off the x-ray machine consider removing them.

Tip 10: If you are a passenger with medical concerns such as a disability or you wear a prosthetic device or a pace maker then it is wise to call the airport company 72 hours prior to your arrival to arrange assistance. Assistance is granted to anyone including those passengers with visual, hearing or mobility disabilities. Passengers traveling with oxygen or CPAP machines will also be able to ask for additional assistance. Sensitive care can also be given to passengers who have experienced sexual trauma and for passengers with breast prosthetics.

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Author: Principle writer – Celeste Wilson

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