It’s hard to believe that this actually needs to be said, but it does! If you want to get through security smoothly and avoid the stressful experience of rushing through, fumbling around like a chicken without its head because you’re cutting it close, get there early! It’s okay if you have time to spare once you get inside the terminal, they have food, they have shops and they have charging stations too!
Verify airline allowances for carry-ons
Carry-on allowances change regularly and can differ for each airline. That’s why it’s a good idea to verify them before you start packing up. For example, the Galaxy Note 7 was recently banned from all baggage (including checked luggage) by multiple airlines due to safety concerns. It would be frustrating to be at the airport and find out that you can’t bring one of your items on board! Check for allowances online, or call the airline if you’re still unsure.
Start packing with a clean slate
We recommend always emptying all the contents of your purse, bag and/or backpack before starting to pack for your trip. A friend’s aunt once got caught at the airport with a steak knife in her purse. She was harmless of course; she had brought it to work for lunch and forgotten it in there afterwards. But it does trigger some questions (and weird looks!) from the security officers when you have that kind of item in your bag!
Have your liquids ready
If you’re bringing any liquid on your carry-on, first make sure that you are respecting the allowable limits and regulations. You should also have them in an easily accessible place in your luggage so that when it’s your turn to go through security, you’re not fumbling around in your luggage to find them. We find that a side pocket or the very top of our backpack is best.
Clothing and shoes
Ideally, you would want to select an outfit that will be free of buckles or metal accessories (lookout for zippers!) in order to avoid setting off the metal detector. Denims are normally okay, but we recommend wearing instead a comfortable pair of pants (such as yoga pants or loose fit). As for the top, layer up a tank with a long sleeve shirt for comfort and versatility. Keep in mind that you will have to remove any baggy items such as your jacket before you walk through the metal detector.
Avoid jewellery and unnecessary accessories
I once went through security thinking I was all good and ended up being sent through every machine possible because of one little metal spring in my hairclip. It seems harmless, but it can get very stressful if you’re in an unfamiliar airport. Even more so if they’re speaking a foreign language! Leave your jewellery and accessories in your purse or your carry-on bag. You’ll be more comfortable on the plane without them anyway!
Stay calm and be nice
People tend to underestimate the power of kindness. It will probably not make your security check go faster, but being polite and kind will at the very least ensure that it all goes smoothly. If you’re unfamiliar with the process or unsure of what to do, the officers will be much more helpful if you treat them with respect.
There you are, our top tips to get through security smoothly. Once you’re through, find yourself a quiet spot to read or work, make a beeline to the bar or shop around the shops to pass the time, and get ready to enjoy vacation!
What are your tips for getting through security quickly? Share in the comments below!
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