Travel Advice/Travel Tips - Don't
leave your stuff at the security check point.
We notice that many travelers going through airport
security seem to make the procedure much more difficult than it needs to
be. Security practices are not going to change just because you do not
want to wait in line. Get with the program and do what you can to speed
1. Carry a
clear, plastic baggy in your pocket or carry-on
- When you are waiting in the security line, place
all of your change, keys, pens, watches, rings, jewelry, and other metal
objects in the bag.
- Place the bag near the bottom of your carry-on
for its trip through the scanner.
- Using the clear plastic bag helps any security
personnel who need to examine your stash.
- In addition, using the bag helps speed you
through the metal detector.
- Finally, when you exit security, it is easy to
reload your pockets with all the loveable junk that you carry.
2. Take special
care with your wallet. If you carry metal in your wallet (keys, etc),
you will need to send the wallet through the scanner. Most people forget
to remove their wallets before passing through the metal detector and,
then, dump it in a tray for scanning after they have failed their first
pass through the metal detector.
- Don’t toss your wallet
in a bin for scanning
- It is just too great a risk to take. Many
travelers are so flustered having failed the metal detector test
that they forget to check for the wallet when gathering their
- Instead, place your wallet in the bottom of your
carry-on (so that it cannot fall out) before you place it in the tray to
- Be sure to pick up your carry-on when departing
the security check area.
- Replace your wallet in your pocket or wherever
you keep it before you give yourself a pat down, find it missing from
its usual place, and start to panic.
3. Perform a
mental checklist before you leave the security area.
- Make sure that you have
retrieved your wallet, luggage, shoes, jewelry, and anything else that
you put through the scanner (like your belt, perhaps?).
The process will go a lot quicker if you place your
wallet and the plastic bag full of pocket stuff (including your watch
and rings) in your carry-on while you are cued up for the security
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