Speed Through Security

American Airlines Checkin at DFW Terminal D Photo i031 by Grant WickesPhoto Credit:Grant Wickes

You’re in a rush to get on that flight, the last thing you need is to get caught up in an airport security line. But if you pack smart and dress smart you can speed through that line like a seasoned business traveler. That’s what we found as we went to a St George hotel.

Here are some tips on packing smart: Organize the contents of your carry-on bags in neat layers, pack a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes and so on. This will give security officers a clearer view of what’s in your bag when it passes through the x-ray machine.
Consider buying a security friendly bag for your laptop, security officials are now allowing business travelers to leave their laptops in their bags if those bags meet checkpoint friendly standards.

These bags are designed to provide an unobstructed view of the laptop as it goes through the x-ray machine and they’ll save you the time and trouble of getting your laptop in and out of the bag. If you pack any gifts for clients or colleagues don’t wrap them as a security officer may need to unwrap the gift to inspect it and if you’re bringing liquids through security, remember Ziploc bag.

Now for dressing smart; remove keys, loose change, heavy jewelry, cell phones, berets, belt buckles and other items that might set off the alarm. You want to avoid having to undergo additional screening including a hand one and a pat down inspection, wear slip-on shoes as possible since you’re required to remove your shoes and put them on the belt to be x-rayed, it’s wise to wear shoes that you can take off and put back on quickly without having to sit down.

Airport security lines are an unavoidable part of business travel but if you follow these tips you should get through with little hassle and be on your way.

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