#Travel140 #TravelTip: Plan ahead to speed thru security: wear slip on shoes & stash jewelry in your carryon. Read on for more.
While security checkpoints are getting a little less crazy, we still see too many people making it harder than it needs to be. When your travel plans include an airport, you know a trip through security is in your future. There is no excuse for not planning ahead to make it as smooth as possible.
Most people are required to remove their shoes and jacket, so wear slip on shoes, and take off your jacket as soon as you’re in line so you can put it in a bin quickly. Most watches and many jewelry items will need to be taken off also, so why not use your time in line to stash them in your purse or carry on.
Next come your electronics. Put your phone, iPod, and any other small devices in your bag instead of your pockets. Have your laptop ready to be taken out and placed in a bin also, so you don’t waste any time when you’re at the front of the line. Remember, iPads and tablets don’t count; they can stay in your purse or carryon.
Double check your pockets while you’re putting items in the bins, and don’t forget your belt. Most eye glasses, earrings, wedding bands and some other rings will pass through just fine, so you don’t have to take those off, but just ask an agent if you’re not sure.
Now you’re ready to glide through the scanner and pick up your belongings on the other side. If you’ve filled your bins neatly, you should be able to pick up your things and re-assemble quickly. We recommend grabbing your shoes and taking them to a nearby bench to put them on, along with your jacket, belt, and anything else you removed. And be sure to double check your bins to be sure nothing gets left behind.
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