Monday, September 3, 2012

Helpful Ways to Clear Airport Security Quickly: Part 1

By John Romeo

Travelers make out airport security to be much more of a problem than it truly is. If you learn how to pack lightly, don the right clothing, and know what not to take, than it can be a painless experience for you. As an experienced traveler, I can offer some tips on how to clear airport security rapidly.

First things first, what you wear is essential. Many people are illogical about this and wear materials that slow them down. Items that slow you down are belts, mobile devices, wallets, keys, loose change, and hefty shoes that will require tying. In general, the clothes you should wear to make it through airline security would be similar to what you would typically wear to the gym. Sweatpants or shorts with a t-shirt (and a sweatshirt if it's cold).

For businessmen, it is difficult to walk around without your wallet and cell phone on you at all times. This is totally understandable, so make sure they these are the only two things you carry in your pockets, to make the process of the metal scanner fast and easy. When it comes to shoes, just use KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Slip-on shoes, sneakers that are easy to take on and off, and sandals, weather permitting, are the ways to go. Just be intelligent about it and don't wear crazy boots with a mile of lacing or anything.

The next option is jewelry. Fixed earrings (in other words, not suspended) and wedding bands are okay, especially if the rings are easily taken off and put in a bin. Otherwise, steer clear of it. Belly rings and other piercings, if it's doable to take them out and pack them, do it if you want to clear airport security rapidly. Necklaces, bracelets, anklets, or any other kind of jewelry should be packed, as those can absolutely be taken off.

These are just some of the basic steps. This is the first of a two-part installment. In the second portion, I will go over the more intricate details of how to make your airport security experience less painstaking than it has to be.

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