1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

Video:Fly Through Airport Security

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Waiting in line at the airport can be a drag, but here are a few tips for catching your flight hassle-free. See how to get through airport security in a snap.See Transcript

  • All Videos
  • All Travel Videos
  • Air Travel Videos

Transcript:Fly Through Airport Security

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. There's no doubt we live in an increasingly complicated world, and things of the past are sadly gone - like pegging your jeans, playing pong on your cathode ray tube television, and showing up at the airport ten minutes before your flight leaves. But check out these trusty travel tips, and you, too, can fly through airport security. Check it out.

Prepare for the Flight at Home

Number 1: Do your homework. Delays and wait times vary widely from airport to airport, and even terminal to terminal. Check tsa.gov or your local airport website to find out in advance what you may be in for. Many airlines will also allow you to check in online and print boarding passes from home - taking advantage of this will save you the time of standing in potentially long lines at the terminal.

Avoid Checking Baggage

If you can, always avoid checking bags. In addition to having to stand in line to check in, you might also have to take your bag over to a giant x-ray machine to personally hand it to airport personnel. Not to mention, in my experience, my bag and its contents get lost or damaged far less when they're with me, than when they get tossed around, like... luggage.

Organize Your Carry-Ons

Number 2: Choose a good "personal item." Rollies are great for your one allowable carryon, but pick your second item wisely. Messenger bags and some laptop bags are great because they have multiple pockets that are easily accessible. As you approach security, these types of bags will allow you to easily access things you need to remove - like computers and your Ziploc baggie of liquids - and to easily store things that are liable to trip the metal detector, like cell phones, keys, loose change, and jewelry.

Footwear for Flying

You should also consider wearing slip-on shoes, and when you get past the agent that checks your ticket, don't hem and haw about which line you should stand in. Go for the shortest, and try to avoid lines that have a preponderance of people younger than ten or older than 90.

Get Through Airport Security Quickly

Number 3: Consolidate bins. Try to get all of your personal items into one bin, unless you have a laptop, which needs to go on its own. Your clothing items should go first and save your main carryon for last. Be sure to stow your purse inside your rollie before you get to the x-ray line.

Always keep your ID and your boarding pass handy, as you may be asked for both many times. Also make sure your clothing is metal-free - like zippers - and know that you will likely be asked to remove any coats, jackets, zippered sweatshirts, and hats. Aluminum foil-wrapped vegetables don't go over so well, either.

Finally: Get out quick. Once you pass the metal detector, put on your shoes and belt, but save the smaller items for when you reach the gate. Be sure to check for all your belongings before you go.

Leave Yourself Time

And, in addition to all this, I've found that two little things make all the difference: leave yourself a little extra time when you walk out the door, and be nice to the people who are working security. Sometime, a smile and a "have a great day" seem to make things go a whole lot faster, than anything else.

Thanks for watching! To learn more, visit us on the Web at About.com.
About videos are made available on an "as is" basis, subject to the User Agreement.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.