March 1, 2015

Airport Security Holiday Travel Tips

Before arriving:

  • Prepare your 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag of liquids before arriving at the airport.
  • Monitor local broadcasts for announcements of security checkpoint delays at local airports.
  • Pack all your coats and jackets in your checked baggage when possible.
  • Do not wrap gifts.
  • Check-in online.
  • Check your flight status online.
  • Review TSA’s security procedures.
  • Wear easy to remove and replace shoes.
  • Plan to arrive to the airport earlier than normal.

Upon arrival:

  • Approach the initial security checkpoint with your driver’s license / passport and paper boarding pass or electronic boarding pass in hand.
  • While waiting for the next available security screener / metal detector, remove and place in bins:
    • all metal (e.g. belt buckle, coins, eyeglasses, etc.)
    • plastic, zip-top bag of liquids
    • items from your pockets including mobile phone
    • shoes
    • laptops from bag and place in separate bin
    • coat
  • Do not engage in trash talk about security or do anything else to call attention to yourself – this will only make it worse.
  • Remember, if you are selected for an enhanced pat-down, you have the right to request it be done in private.
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