Article by Mark Day
Air travelers who follow three easy tips, which can be summarized as IN, OUT, and OFF, will contribute significantly to steps the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking to ensure aviation security and make travel as enjoyable as possible during any time of the year, particularly during holiday seasons.
Pursuing the three travel tips will get ready air travelers to go through checkpoints and significantly reduce odds of a more thorough secondary screening being required. Call it “Three for Three” – 3 tips that may avoid secondary screening that, on average, takes three minutes per person. The cumulative effect can be substantial, particularly around the holidays, simply because travel is focused in just a couple of days.
Here is what to do when approaching the checkpoint:
IN- Place all metal items IN a carry-on bag whilst waiting in line. This would consist of coins, mobile phone, keys, lighter, and any other metal.OUT- Take laptops OUT of their cases.OFF- Take coats, hats and shoes OFF. It is also a great idea to take out your belt when you have a large, metal buckle.
During the holidays, you will find usually much more individuals traveling, so the security screening can take longer than usual. You can help speed it up by following the rules, listening to the TSA personnel, and coming prepared.If you come prepared and are ready to effectively go through the checkpoint, it helps the security screeners immensely, allowing them to concentrate on their security mission while making the travel experience more enjoyable for everyone.
It also is a great time to revisit the general TSA Travel Tips which are familiar to frequent fliers:
Everyone, actually frequent fliers, should double check the content of their pockets and bags, especially carry-on luggage, to make sure no prohibited items were inadvertently packed.
Think about what you’re wearing before heading the airport. Metal clothing or metal jewelry are probably to require additional screening.
Pack undeveloped film in carry-on bags. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.
Wrap gifts upon arrival at your destination. If gifts require extra screening, screeners may have to un-wrap them.
Do not over pack baggage. If screeners need to open them, closing overstuffed bags can be tough and bring about delays for checked baggage.
If TSA screeners require to open a locked bag for inspection they might have to break the lock. You will find now items on the market that have uniform locking systems that allow TSA throughout a required inspection, to open and relock the bag. Passengers without such devices ought to think about leaving bags unlocked.
Usually check the TSA website before you travel to make sure you have the most present rules and policies.