My sentiments towards slow-poke travelers is no secret, most recently demonstratedÂ here. Â People who hold up the security line top the list of my all-time pet peeves. Â Given that I’ll be spending the next two weeks jetting through several major airports in the United States, I thought it be prudent to share my own tips, and give you a heads up on a new program that will help alleviate the agony of the security line.
- Get security ready before entering the airport. Â Before entering the security line, make sure you have your identification and boarding pass ready (save some trees and opt for a mobile boarding pass – I SWEAR by the United app). Â Ensure that your bag of liquids and laptop are within easy reach. Â Remove all jewelry and belts, and make sure your pockets are empty. Â I do this whole routine while I’m in the car on my way to the airport, so I can jet straight to security.
- Have everything at hand. Â Keep the zipper of your personal item bag open, so you can store and remove your items as necessary. Â Make sure the items you’ll need to remove (laptop, liquids) are at the top of the bag. Â And for heavens sake, please opt for a bag that allows you to keep everything at hand. Â Lo & Sons bags are my and my husband’s favorites, and Dagne Dover makes a great work/travel bag for women as well.
- Know your airport. Â I’ve found that I can get away with packing extra liquids when flying through my usual airports – Newark, JFK, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare, or LAX. Â As long as it meets the 3 fluid ounces requirements, it’s good to go. Â But smaller airports (Columbus, Cedar Rapids in particular) or Minneapolis-St Paul ask to see all your liquids, in the specific bag. Â Smaller airports can be sticklers to this rule, as an FYI. Â Know your airport and follow their rules. Â And for heaven’s sake, don’t ever try to sneak in a full-sized product – or at least anything over 5 ounces. Â It will get confiscated.
- Time it right. Â Because I’m just a weirdo, I’m a fan of scheduling flights at off-peak times, to avoid major security holdups. Â EspeciallyÂ in my TSA PreCheck days. Â Even getting to the airport early gives you ample time to not freak out at the sight of a long security line. Â Got time to kill? Â Hit up an airport Starbucks or wine bar – they’ll nearly always have ample seating, an empty plug point, and palatable dining and drink options.
- Pick It Up, Pack it Later. Â For the love of all that is right with the world, grab your belongings at the end of security and tote it to a nearby bench. Â THEN get your laptop and liquids back in your bag, your belt and shoes on, etc. Â There’s nothing worse than when the end of the screening table is completely clogged with people slipping on their shoes and blocking people from getting their bags. Â This bugs me the worst, honestly. Â Please do crazy travelers like ma a favor and follow just this ONE tip. Â We thank you in advance.
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NOTE – I will be posting a travel tip like this every two weeks. Â Got any pressing travel questions or want advice on something? Â COMMENT below and let me know what it is! Â I love hearing from you and answering your questions specifically.