Ah, the dreaded airport security. Not because you’re bringing anything you shouldn’t (hopefully you’re not. But mostly because airport security checks can get tricky, annoying and exhausting.
We have traveled to so many airports around the world, and we’ve compiled a list of what to do and what not to do to keep your airport security experience a breeze.
Make sure you are arriving at least 3 hours before your flight.
Okay. Now, this doesn’t have to be exactly 3 hours. But in our experience, there’s always something that can go wrong with flights. A flight schedule changed, wrong terminal/airport number, a far distance of airport terminal, missing items, too heavy luggage, AND MORE.
Arriving 3 hours before your flight at the airport is one of the most important rules we follow, and maybe you should too. It gives you ample time to check all your flight details and see if there are changes. And if there’s any problem with the queue at the airport check, you have enough time to not miss your flight. Trust us!
All liquids – just make sure they’re 100 milliliters.
Ahh, this might be something really obvious to a lot of frequent travelers and fliers, however, it’s something easily missed by a lot of people. Make sure that all gels and liquids that you are bringing with you in your carry-on are 100 milliliters.
For bottles that have measurements on them, even if they are Half empty, airport security checks won’t like them being in big bottles and containers. They have to be small and just the exact measurement.
Better to have these liquids and gels accessible easily as they are something airport security checks often, and you wouldn’t like having to empty your whole bag, for everyone to see, and to slow down the airport security line, if you have to rummage through your whole stuff just to get these. Have these in one small bag for each access.
Keep your boarding pass and passport (or identification) ready with you.
Airport security will always need to check your boarding pass and identification, and some securities check these twice. Make sure you have them on you all the time, without the need to rush in line worrying where you kept them. It’s a nightmare to lose these, and you can easily miss your flight if you don’t have your documents.
Be ready to remove your belt and watch, and jacket.
Moving through the queue in the airport security, you’d want to be ready to remove these things fast. They usually get included in the stuff you need to remove and place on the conveyor belt for airport security check.
Most metals on you need need to be removed (but this does not have to include jewelry like necklaces, earrings, and rings, so please don’t remove these unless asked to). Some airport security checks are stricter than others and may need you to remove your shoes, so be wary that you can slip in and out of your shoes easily so as not to be held up in the airport security.
Keep your electronics ready.
Electronics are important and it’s best for you to have your gadgets ready for an efficient airport safety organization. Usually, you’ll need to take out your laptops, iPads, power banks, and phones and put these on the conveyor belt too, so the airport security can check them properly.
Anything smaller than these is not usually checked, so as long as you have these ones handy, you’ll be okay. Make sure your cords and wires are organized so you don’t have to be a mess when in the airport security check.
Joking about bombs, and the national security – a big NO NO.
You shouldn’t even joke about this outside, so why do it in an airport when authorities are even extra careful of security? You can get in trouble by doing this, so just make sure you keep your jokes in the right place and avoid doing this at all times in an airport, most importantly, not in the airport security.
Check lines if there is a smaller queue. Might just save your life.
Might be a bit of an exaggeration, but lines can get really long, especially if someone did not follow these tips when in airport security. If you’re pressed for time, make sure that you are checking lines and see that you go to a shorter line when possible.
Hope these tips have been helpful and make sure to let us know if you have other airport security checks tips and do’s and don’ts when traveling.