10 Tips to Help You Speed Through Airport Security


By Hans Brunk, TravelPulse

Speed Through Security

Airport security check.
Waiting to get through airport security can ruin the start of your travel plans. Don't let that happen in the future. Read on for tips on how to speed through TSA.


Pack Your Liquids at Home

travel toiletries.
There’s no need to wait to receive a clear plastic bag from the airport. 100ml (3.4oz) has become an industry standard and you should pack your liquids at home for a faster journey through airport security. However, make sure the bag is clear!


If You've Got a Mobile Boarding Pass, Take a Screenshot

Boarding pass on smartphone.
Instead of trying to load your offline boarding pass with airport Wifi or a bad hotspot, take a screenshot of it on your phone. This saves the image in your photo gallery and then it’s available offline.


If It's Larger Than a Phone, Assume You Need to Take It out of Your Bag

Tablet on laptop.
All airports require you to take out your laptop. After that it can vary quite a bit. Some airports require you to take out your tablet, while others require cameras to be additionally screened. To save you the surprise, assume anything larger than a cellphone needs to be taken out of your carry on.


Put Away Your Phone Before the Security Line

Girl on cell phone.
Stow away your cell phone and any other small personal electronics before the security line. If you have a mobile boarding pass, put your phone in your carry-on, not security bins, after scanning the boarding pass. This will save you from sorting more objects in those bins later on.


Avoid the Midday Flights

Busy airport.
One of the easiest ways to avoid the crowds is to fly at an odd time. Booking a flight for the early morning or late at night isn’t just cheaper, but faster as well.


Pack Your Toiletries at the Top of Your Bag

travel toiletries.
Check your toiletries. The common reasoning against checking toiletries has been: “what if my checked bag doesn’t make it to my destination?” If you’re unlucky and your bag is lost in transit, buy a toothbrush at your destination. Most airports have small general stores. If you are only packing a carry-on, place your toiletries at the top for easy access through security.


Don't Wait to Remove Your Shoes, Jacket, Belt and Watch

Two men dressed up in line.
Who says you have to keep all your items on while still in line? Do yourself a favor and remove some items before you reach for the security bins.


Wear Slip-ons

Guy wearing slip-ons.
Even if you don’t plan on wearing sandals all the way to your final destination, most slip-ons pack well and putting them on before security will help you cruise past the slow crowds wearing lace-up boots.


Don't Wear Large Jewelry

Person wearing lots of jewelry.
There’s no need to bring heavy necklaces and large rings through the security line. Pack them in your carry on so you don’t have to fumble with them through the x-ray machines.


Don't Over-Stuff Your Carry-on

Trying to close full suitcase.
Packing doesn’t need to be as difficult as a game of Tetris. Not overpacking will save you from the headache of having to push 21L of gear into a 20L backpack in additional screening.


EXTRA! Apply for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck

SA Precheck and Global Entry line.
For the easiest and fastest security experiences, apply for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. With either service, most of the previous tips become unneeded. The application isn’t free, but it will certainly save time for your future commutes. Plus, TSA PreCheck now includes over 50 airports!


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