Traveling can quickly become quite stressful, and something about being at airport security, especially if it is taking an especially long time, can really get you in a horrible mood. Nothing is worse than becoming frazzled and fumbling over your things while trying to get through the security area. Since doing this is unavoidable, here is some advice on how to make this as smooth as possible.
If you don’t come prepared, then you’re guaranteed to have a terrible time. Without the proper documents, you’re not even going to make it through security at all. Keep your ID (passport or ID depending on whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically) as well as anything else that is required for your flight easily accessible.
Give Yourself Enough Time
Public affairs specialist for TSA’s Great Lakes Region Jessica Mayle recommends giving yourself time when it comes to getting through security. She says: “Many airports are seeing activity levels that nearly meet or exceed pre-pandemic customer screening numbers. Additionally, some airports are seeing new airlines or an increased number of flights from legacy airlines. All of this means more passengers going through the screening process. This is why it’s essential to arrive early and prepared to allow for completion of every step of the travel process from curb to gate.”
Packing smartly means having things you need access to in an easily accessible area. These items include your boarding pass, ID, passport, and your phone in an easy to reach compartment. Sophie Hocquez, commercial director of airline French Bee says: “Remember, you’ll have to get out some items to go through security, so have luggage where you can easily pack and unpack your computer, phone, tablet, and other devices. Check your toiletries volume to make sure they’re compliant with regulations and pre-pack them all together in a Ziploc bag that you can easily reach in your carry-on.”
Often, you’ll have to remove your shoes and jacket while going through security, so try to think about this ahead of time when planning your airport outfit. Hocquez suggests: “Wear shoes that are easy to take off, especially if you’re traveling with children. Avoid strappy sandals and laces if you can.”
Don’t Pack Items That Are Not Allowed
This might seem obvious, but there might be items you’re not aware of that could be problematic. Mayle says: “We’re seeing a lot of prohibited items showing up in carry-on bags, which slows down the lines. If a carry-on bag triggers an alarm, it will require a TSA officer to open the bag to resolve it. Remember, it’s vital to reduce touchpoints during a pandemic, so be sure not to pack any prohibited items.”