Safe Ways to Shorten Airport Security Lines

Safe Ways to Shorten Airport Security Lines

Nowadays, most airports around the world have security lines. These lines can be a cause of frustration and delays. If you want to get through airport security lines with the minimum delay, there are a few safe ways to shorten airport security lines. The key is to think ahead, well before it's your turn at the head of the line.

Start emptying your pockets of loose change. Your wallet and cellphone go into the little bins. If you are wearing a watch, bracelet, or a belt with a buckle, be aware that they can cause the alarm to go off when you're passing through security so take them off as you wait your turn and put them in your carry-on bag or purse. Consolidate snacks and books so you won't have a lot of things to gather together once you are past security.

In airports in the United States, you are required to take off your shoes when you go through security so it's a good idea to wear slip-on shoes since you can take them off and put them back on a lot faster. Shoes with zippers or laces are going to slow you down. If you're wearing zippered or shoelaced shoes, unzip or untie them before you're at the head of the line.

Make sure that you place your liquids, gels, and creams in a sealed plastic bag. Keep in mind that you shouldn't carry more than 3 ounces (100ml) of each liquid in your carry-on. In most countries, liquids that are medically necessary and baby food don't count with your plastic bag allowance, but you need to alert the screening officer.

Plan on how you are going to put your things in the bins on the screening belt. When you are at the head of the line, place your things in the right order so when you get to the other side, you can put things back together much faster. For instance, place your shoes, sweater and carry-on bag in the first bin. If you're carrying a laptop, take it out of the bag and place your laptop bag in the bin ahead of the bin for your laptop. This way, you will be able to get your laptop bag open and ready for when your laptop comes out of the screening belt.

If you are wearing zippered or shoelace shoes, don't stand at the end of the line to put them on. You'll end up annoying the other passengers and screening agents because you'll back up the line and the screening belt. In most airports, nearly 50% of security checkpoint bottlenecks are caused by those who try to put themselves together without getting out of the way once they get past the security line. Gather all of your things and move to the side so the other passengers behind you can get their things too. Most airports have chairs past security so you can sit down and put your shoes on there.

Keep in mind the tips mentioned above. The next time you travel, you can pass yourself off as an expert traveler as you get yourself past the security lines faster and with the least amount of fuss or delay.


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