How many times has it happened to you? You are trying to make it through the security line at the airport, when you encounter a flyer that delays the security screening line due to an unbelievable packing job on her carry-on bag. From bottles of water to her laptop at the bottom of her carry-on, it seemed to never end.
Here are some tips from the experts at MedjetAssist and the TSA to make getting through the line faster and easier.
- Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers – 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.
- Prepare your 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag of liquids before arriving at the airport.
- 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.
- 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.
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 inspection.
Hopefully some of these tips will decrease the frustration of the screening process and make its transition faster for you and THOSE behind you! For more tips on safe and savvy travel, be sure to check out the Medjet Blog .