12 Simple Steps for Surviving Airport Security

A Dozen Simple Steps to Make the Airport Experience More Pleasant for ALL of Us!

Who among us look forward to the prospect of going to the airport, let alone going through airport security? OK, a resounding, “are you kidding?” But, if you love to travel and are going to travel, it goes with the territory.

I have to say that it still amazes me that people grunt, grumble, roll their eyes and even act surprised when they are asked to comply with regulations and go through airport security. Arrival DeparturesOK, we can bitch and complain but the truth is that there are some scary people out there and they use airplanes to perform dastardly deeds. And the fact is that 9-11 changed everything. That was 11 years ago. So, stop complaining, accept it, and make life a little easier for yourself, the belabored TSA agents and your fellow travelers (yes, me).

These dozen simple steps will make the airport experience more pleasant for ALL of us:

1.  Be organized: Plan ahead. Find out what the guidelines are and prepare accordingly.

2.  Pack in layers: The TSA suggests you pack carry-on luggage as follows for easier screening:

– A layer of clothes

How Do You Survive Airport Security?

How Do You Survive Airport Security?

– A layer of neatly laid out electronics

– Another layer of clothes

– Heavier items on top

3.  Be on time, if not early.

4. Have all necessary documents  ready (this usually includes your ID, ticket/boarding pass and possibly your passport).

5.  Wear shoes that easily slip on and off  (some airports don’t require that you remove your shoes now, but assume they will).

6.  Put liquids and gels in a clear zip-top bag BEFORE you get to security. Follow the 3-1-1 rule. (And either drink the water in your water bottle or empty it and refill after you’ve gone through security.)

7.  Coats and jackets have to go through security. Remove or don’t carry on if possible.

8.  Wear as little metal as possible. Mobile phones, coins, watches, belts, keys, heavy jewelry, clips, even buttons, metal snaps, and underwire bras (yep, I can vouch for this one!) can set off the detector. So think about this before you get dressed. (I remove jewelry, etc., put it in my bag, then put back on after I’m through security.)

9. Don’t wrap gifts.

10. Larger electronics (e.g. laptops and cameras, etc.) need to be removed to go through X-ray.

11. Check the airline’s website for any other restrictions and guidelines.

12. Grin and bear it! Leave your grumpy bear attitude at home. Check in with a smile!

Source: www.tsa.gov

 

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7 Responses to 12 Simple Steps for Surviving Airport Security

  1. RICH says:

    You left two out. DO NOT WEAR ANY CLOTHING WITH METAL, GLITTER, SHINY STUFF, and the “BLING” on the back pockets. DO NOT put lotion on your hands. It gets all over your bags and will set off the testing machines, then you get a pat down….

    • Postcards from Travel PiZazz says:

      Thanks for stopping by Rich. I referred to metal objects in #8, but right you are. All that fancy stuff on pockets, jackets, t-shirts, etc. can definitely lead to a pat down. Thanks for the good advice on the lotion.

  2. Philip says:

    Thanks Victoria !
    Your postcard reminded me to call TSA and ask them what to do about the metal that recently was surgically implanted in my neck. I thought I would share her answer because there are a lot of folks who have had fusions of their necks and/or backs.
    I spoke to a nice woman at TSA and she informed me that I will most likely need to go through a pat down. I was told to inform the agent of the situation right away at the beginning of the screening. Assuming I set off the metal detector during the screening, the purpose of the patdown would be to show, through the process of elimination, that it is because I have metal only in my neck and no place else on my body. She said that wands are no longer used in the screenings and that physicians’ notes alone will not exempt you from a pat down. Some airports have detectors that can tell approximately where the metal is on the body so the pat down may not have to be as extensive in that situation.
    That was the answer I got. I guess the only solution is to go with the flow and “check in with a smile” as you have suggested.
    Philip

    • Postcards from Travel PiZazz says:

      Philip,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. This is certainly something that could come up for anyone with any metal plates, etc. and, as you did, is best to anticipate and get some advice and answers about BEFORE showing up at the airport. I hope you are healing and ready to travel again soon!
      Victoria

  3. Cheri says:

    Life is better with TSA Pre✓ ! http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.
    Now that I have GOES, it is amazing!

    • Postcards from Travel PiZazz says:

      Cheri,
      Ah, thank you for sharing – is GOES an app? Will check it out -anything that expedites is helpful…but, does it also help with unprepared, grumpy fellow passengers?? LOL!
      Thanks for stopping by – love the input!
      Victoria

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