Flying is probably one of the most mind-blowing experiences. Even if you are a regular flyer. We have transportation possibilities that can get you anywhere on this world within 48 hours. But how mind boggling it is, it can really be a pain in the *ss to get through security. These 7 tips will definitely help you make it more pleasant.
1. Pack your carry-on carefully
First thing you do when packing, is emptying the bag completely. Yes, even the side pockets! This way you’re sure there aren’t any things in there that should not be in there. I once brought a lighter with me this way. I don’t even smoke, so it really was a surprise when the security took it out.
2. Pick your outfit carefully
Make sure to no put on shoes with a lot of metal. Yes those shoes look incredible on you. But keep them for after the flight.
3. Put your laptop and liquids in your bag last
You will have to take them out. Pack them last so you can take them out easily. Think about the liquids you need too. You’re only allowed one litre in total. And it has to be in bottles of 100ml or less. This sounds obvious, but I once witnessed a guy bringing 1l of shampoo with him.
4. Don’t take out unnecessary items
I’m someone who likes to take their camera with them onboard. Just to feel safe. But it’s not necessary to take it out of the bag when going through security. So don’t. It will save you and the people behind you a lot of time and stress.
5. Put your passport in the tray too
I’m not 100% sure if this is necessary. But I once had the metal scanner beeping because I was carrying it in my pocket. Not what you need if you only have an hour between flights and have to run across Heathrow.
6. Don’t take forbidden items with you
I know, it feels like a more comfortable idea to bring that nail clipper with you. Or have that lighter ready for after your flight. But it will end up in you losing that item and probably trying to argue with the security guard. So don’t. Just, don’t.
7. Go early to the airport
It will probably not save you to much time, but it will make you less stressed. “Oh, I have to spend a bit longer at security because someone is not applying above said rules? Lucky for me I have enough time to get to the gate.”
What are your tips and tricks for a pleasant airport security experience?