Airport Travel Tips: Reducing Waiting Times

Key Travel Tips

Following these hints can allow you to lower your wait time at the security checkpoint.

Prior to Going to the Airport

O Don’t pack or bring Prohibited Items to the airport.

O Place valuables like jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on bags only.

O Tape your business card to the bottom of your notebook.

o Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal. Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector.

o Avoid wearing shoes that contain metal or have thick soles or heels. Various kinds of footwear will require additional screening even if the metal detector doesn’t alarm.

O Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on bags. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.

O Declare firearms & ammunition to your airline and place them in your checked bags.

O if you want to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.

O Don’t bring lighters or prohibited matches to the airport.

O Don’t pack wrapped gifts and don’t bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA might need to unwrap packages for security reasons.

While in the Airport

Each adult traveler needs to keep available his/her airline travel and government-issued photo ID until exiting the security checkpoint. Due to different airport configurations, at many airports you’ll have to display these documents more than once.

O Set the following items IN your carry-on bags or in a plastic bag before entering the screening checkpoint:

O Mobile telephones

o Keys

o Loose change

o Money clips

O PDA’s (personal data assistants)

O considerable amounts of jewelry

O Metal hair decorations

O Large belt buckles

O Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes OUT of their cases and put them in a bin provided at the checkpoint.

o Take OFF all outer coats, suit coats, jackets and blazers.

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