While airports are a scary place, they are pretty safe, thanks to the hard work of airport security personnel. If you know what to expect and what you should do before and after a trip, you can avoid most of the problems that can eventually lead to a bad experience. (And even if you do run into a problem, being prepared can help you get through it quickly and peacefully.)
Whether your travels will be shorter or longer than this article, you probably have a good idea of what it takes to bring everything you need for a weeklong trip. But, you don’t have to be an expert, and you don’t have to spend hours packing.
It seems like the days of the airline-security-checkpoint-line-sprawl have finally reached a plateau. But the fact is, there are still some things you should be prepared for. If you’re flying on a plane, chances are you’ll have to go through security checkpoints. Preparing for it is a good idea, but figuring out what to do can be a daunting task. Here’s an easy guide to get you started.
- Maintain Your ID Handy
Just like you’re packing your clothes and toiletries, you’re also packing your identity. You’re essentially going through airport security. Do you like the idea of having a travel passport to your name? Well, then you should also be prepared for the airport, as it’s one of the requirements for going through security. Your passport (or passport card) could be your lifeline if you need it, but it could also be the root of many problems if you’re not prepared. This is why you should always keep an extra copy of your passport on hand, so you can avoid the hassle and frustration of needing it.
- Avoid Counting on Precheck
We’ve all been in airports, but did you know some people go through the process of getting a TSA Precheck? That’s right, TSA has a program where you can pay a fee to allow the government to search your luggage before you pack. You can skip the excruciating searches so common to flying if you pay. The program has been popular, but some travelers have reported having issues with TSA agents at airports.
- Clothe as Little Metal as Possible.
The TSA is known for being a pain, but it’s also important to know that you can protect yourself from attacks like the one in Brussels by taking off all metal accessories, including your shoes and belt. Not only will this make sure you won’t set off a metal detector, but it will also prevent you from getting a shoe bomb.
- Put on Easily Removable Shoes and Wear Socks.
There are a few different ways to go about getting your feet ready for airport travel. We’ve found that the easiest and most effective is to wear socks all the time and switch to sandals when you get to your destination. This allows you to walk around freely in all kinds of environments, even in a place where you can’t take off your shoes. In addition, having your feet protected by socks will help reduce your chances of getting blisters, a common risk since you will be on your feet for hours. Lastly, wearing socks with sandals will give you more grip on the ground, helping you avoid slipping and falling.
- Place Gels and Liquids into a One-Quart Plastic Bag.
Going through the airport can be stressful, and if you carry liquids or gels on you, it can worsen your trip. When you’re flying, it’s essential to be safe, but it’s also essential to be calm and as stress-free as you can be. Airport security is becoming more stringent, and I feel like many people get nervous about finding all the items they need for their journey through the security line. These days, it seems like the only way to get through security quickly is to bring a few of your items with you. These items are usually liquids, gels, and pastes. Why bring them? Because they don’t all fit in a bag the size of a large suitcase.
Before you board your next flight, be sure to take a minute to review several important items which may help you avoid some of the hassles that can occur during your journey.