As many people prepare to take a trip this holiday season, lines at the airports can be long and tempers short. One of the longest lines at any airport is the security checkpoint. Here are a few tips to get you through the process faster:
- Remove your coats and jacket
You’re not allowed to wear them through the checkpoint, so remove them in advance and place them in your carry-on or in the bin
- Don’t wrap gifts
If wrapped gifts need additional inspection, the paper and ribbons will have to come off. To keep from watching a TSA agent open that perfect gift instead of a loved one, pack extra gift bags and the gifts separate, and put them together when you arrive. This also applies for checked bags. If you prefer, and you have time, ship your gifts ahead of your departure.
- Follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 guide for liquids
You are only allowed to bring liquids or gels in 3 ounce containers or smaller in your carry-on. They must be placed in a 1-quart clear zip top bag. And you are allowed 1 of these bags per person. Exceed these requirements, and you’ll have to throw them away. Bigger items can be placed in your checked bags.
- Speak with your kids about security procedures
Talk with your children in advance about what will happen at the airport security lane. Older children should be told not to make jokes that could be construed as threats, and younger children may need reassurances if they are temporarily away from you, or a beloved stuffed animal is being sent through the x-ray machine. Family lanes at security checkpoints are available for a less hurried experience.
For more information on holiday air travel, visit the Transportation Security Administration’s Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers page. A little information can go a long way in keeping it a happy holiday.
With increased travel during this time of year, it is even more important to take precautions to arrive safely at your destination. If you become injured during your travels due to someone else’s negligence, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation. Call 1-888-BURNETTI with questions regarding your legal needs.