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Getting Through Security

getting through security


Since travelers have to work around heightened security measures when traveling for business and leisure, they can often expect to deal with lengthy airport security lines. In its efforts to prevent a safety breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides passengers with specific guidelines for carry-on and checked airport luggage, and there are several tips that help streamline the security process when flying domestically or overseas.

Don't forget the zip-top bag. All liquid toiletry items must be three ounces or under, and must fit securely into one plastic zip-top bag. For those who forget the rules or neglect to bring a zip-top, toiletry items can be transported in checked luggage.

Wear slip-on shoes to simplify the airport check-in process. Since every passenger is required to send their shoes through the x-ray machine, it is not convenient to wear footwear with excessive lacing.

Avoid the last-minute panic. Leave at least an hour and a half to get through security and get settled at the gate. TSA authorizes random carry-on checks and pat-downs, so it pays to arrive with time to spare.

Be prepared to remove laptops from their cases. Some airports require this, and it simplifies the process if the computer is readily available. You can also invest in carry-on luggage with TSA approved compartments to avoid the hassle of finding and removing your laptop from your luggage.

If traveling with a pet onboard a flight, TSA rules that you must remove the animal from its carrier and walk through the metal detector with it in your arms.

Children must be taken out of their strollers and walked through the metal detector. Collapse your stroller and put it on the conveyor belt to pass through the machine, as the TSA has mandated that this item must still be checked at security.

Sign up for global entry, a program that allows people who have built up enough “flyer credit” to be able to go through an expedited security line.

Check in with a mobile boarding pass to skip the long lines at boarding pass check-in.

Don’t wear your jacket in line, but rather pack it in your carry-on. Jackets are not allowed to be worn through the detector.

Be sure you have two bags before getting in line for security when you are flying with a program that has a strict two pieces rule for carry-on travel.

Have out your boarding pass (mobile or paper form) and ID. These are the only two items you will need out during the security check-in process.