Speed Through The Security Line
Getting thought security with the minimum of
hassles is something that most passengers desire. If everyone
prepared for security, we all might get through security faster.
The article below is based on the advice of the U.S. Transportation
- Pack an organized carry-on bag
– a layer of clothes, then electronic, more clothes, and then
any heavier items. This will help transportation security
officers see what's in your bag. Innocent items can actually
appear to be potential threats in an X-ray image, simply by the
way they're packed.
- Do not pack oversized electronics
(laptops, full-size video game consoles, DVD players and video
cameras that use cassettes) in your checked baggage when
However, please be advised that you will be required to remove
these items from your carry-on bag and submit them separately
for x-ray screening. Small electronics, such as iPods, can
remain in your carry-on.
- Prepare your 1 quart-sized,
clear, plastic, zip-top bag of liquids before arriving at the
airport. For more information on liquid rules: 3-1-1 for
- Pack all your coats and jackets
in your checked baggage when possible. All coats and
jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection.
- Do not wrap gifts. If a
security officer needs to inspect a package, they may have to
unwrap your gift. Please wait until you've reached your final
destination to wrap gifts.
- Film. Undeveloped film
should go in your carry-on bag. You will able to declare film
that is faster than 800-speed to a transportation security
officer for physical inspection to avoid being X-rayed.
- When in doubt, leave it out.
If you're not sure about whether you can bring an item through
the checkpoint, put it in your checked bag or leave it at home.
Dress the Part
Transportation security officers have to
identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. If the metal
detector alarms when you pass through, you will be required to
undergo additional screening. This includes a hand-wand and pat-down
Items that might set off an alarm on
the metal detector include:
- Keys, loose change, mobile phones,
pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs)
- Heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces,
bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links,
lanyards or bolo ties)
- Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or
- Metal hair barrettes or other hair
- Belt buckles
- Under-wire bras
Body Piercings. Certain metal
body piercings may cause you to alarm at the metal detector, which
will result in you getting additional screening. If additional
screening is required, you may ask to remove your body piercing in
private as an alternative to the pat-down search.
Head Coverings. You are
permitted to wear head coverings and religious garments during the
screening process. You may be directed to additional screening if
your headwear or clothing (religious or otherwise) is loose fitting
or large enough to hide prohibited items. For more information,
Shoes. Travelers are required
to remove their shoes before entering the walk-through metal
detector at all U.S. airports and put them through the x-ray machine
for inspection. This allows officers to see if the shoes have been
tampered with in any way.
Have the Following Ready
The items you'll need to present to a
Transportation Security Officer at the checkpoint are:
- Boarding pass
- Identification - acceptable documents
include U.S. federal for state government-issued photo ID, such
as a driver license, U.S. and foreign government-issued
passports, Native American Tribal Photo or Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Card.
We encourage each adult traveler to keep
his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID
available until exiting the security checkpoint (children are not
required to show identification).
If you do not have identification (if it is
lost, stolen, etc.), you will be required to provide the document
checking officer with some information to help verify your identity.
This will slow down your screening process and will result in
Hassle-Free Security Tips
- Arrive on time. Arrival
time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel, so check
with your carrier. Remember to give yourself adequate time to
check your baggage and move through security.
- Wear slip-on shoes. This
will allow you to take them off and put them back on quickly,
without having to sit down.
- Pets. Please remove all
animals from their carrying cases and send the case through the
X-ray machine. Hold your pet in your arms and proceed through
the metal detector.
- Children. Please take
your infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and
take them through the metal detector with you. Strollers and
baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If
possible, collapse your stroller before you get to the metal
detector. For more information traveling with children,
- Think before you speak.
Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not
be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing
your flight. Local law enforcement may be called as necessary.
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