Passing airport security controls can be a very difficult task if we do not know how to streamline the process. Each country has its own security requirements, however, with these simple tips we can undergo the controls faster.
1. Airport security starts at home
We all know the rules of checkpoints, such as taking off your coat and shoes, and using small containers for liquids. But these extrict rules have their variations and are subject to change. Before packing, check on the airline's website what kind of objects can be passed through airport security checkpoints. After the control you can enjoy the amenities of the airport.
2. Keep items that might raise suspicions
We will have to remove the laptop and liquids for X-ray inspection from our hand luggage so we'd better place them in the suitcase so that it is easy to access them before the inspection and store them again. Keep in mind the shape of any item in your carry-on bag which may seem suspicious through X-rays. If you believe that some innocent object can grab attention, put it in the bag to have it scanned, so it can be identified without having to open the suitcase.
3. Dressed to fly
Choose a jacket to wear and remove with ease. Wear shoes without laces or boots with zippers. Put the metal objects-phone, watch, keys, coins- into the pockets of your jacket so you can retrieve them quickly after passing the security check. Fasten your belt to the suitcase so you do not lose it. If you are traveling with a seat belt, wait until you have passed the safety check.
4. Allow a time frame
Take into account that it will take you at least 30 minutes to undergo the airport security check on domestic flights and about 45 minutes on international flights. The panic of missing a flight will only make the waiting more unbearable. Full-body scanners with advanced imaging technology are almost a standard at American airports. Keep in mind that avoiding the body scanner can result in a personal search and more time spent at the airport security checkpoint.
5. Prepare before the security post
Use your timeout as preparation time. Keep your passport or identity card and your ticket handy, but do not remove your shoes until it is your turn. Some major US airport have a row for "expert" and "occasional" travelers, and another for groups of families and people carrying liquids of more than 3.4 ounces for medical reasons. Choose the lane that best suits your situation.