With tens of millions of travelers estimated to be clogging the airports this holiday season, the last thing you need is to add more time to your airport wait by being held up at airport security. From the way you pack to what you wear, there are many ways to save time and energy as you move through security to board your plane:
- Wear the right clothing: Knowing what to wear before you travel can save you a large amount of time at a security checkpoint. Avoid wearing shoes that are tough to remove, as it takes time to fumble with them in a moving line. Avoid metal jewelry, belt buckles, under-wire bras, and clothes with metal studs or buttons, as these can all set off the metal detector, which will single you out for extra screening. Gel shoe inserts should also be avoided, as they are not allowed on the plane.
- Search for secondary security checkpoints: The most congested security checkpoints are those closest to the check-in counters and main entrances—some airports have secondary checkpoints that may be closer to your gate. Research your possible options beforehand, as these underused checkpoints are bound to have shorter lines.
- Purchase security-friendly carry-on and laptop bags: If you want to take your laptop on the plane with you, think about buying a bag that is made to ease its passage through airport security. There are many options, none of which have metal zippers, zipper pulls, or snaps, and allow the x-ray to easily see the contents.
- Pack your bags using the layering system: Place electronics between layers of clothing and pack the heavier items on top—this helps the scanners to visualize the contents of your bag clearly without having to unpack its contents.
In addition to saving time at security, you can decrease the time and stress of your travels by parking and storing your car at a specialty airport parking facility. At Park, Bark and Fly, we provide car, RV, and boat storage to the travelers of Orlando, Florida. Contact us today at (407) 855-5899 to learn more about our services.