Breeze through airport security or by following a few simple rules make it as easy as possible for the personnel at airport security. Why complicate matters and make your traveling more strenuous and troublesome than need be. For the most part it comes down to common sense, taking care to dress in the right fashion and manner and carrying as little metal on your person and clothing as possible.
First of all carry as little metal on your person and clothing as you can. Much of what you will carry is non essential anyways. Obvious pieces of metal or items containing metal are coins, metal pens and keys. Carry as little change and metal in your pockets as possible. What you do have and your keys as well- place these in the plastic trays provided. Less obvious but can be considered optional by many but essential as well as mandatory are jeweler and even heavy metal watches. Include in this group metal belt buckles. All can set of the metal detectors in the line up, make the job of airport security more strenuous than need be, and cause needless delay and delays to yourself, your traveling company and companions and the rest of the travelers in the line.
Next there are items of clothing and accessories that have metal components as well, that will not ordinarily be thought of as being in this group. They too will cost unnecessary time and efforts. Include in this grouping heavy metal work boots with reinforced steel and metal for protection, footwear that is heavily soled and lastly expensive shoes which may have metal buckles. If you can pack these items, pack them away. Take the effort to be selective and choose clothing better chosen, with less metal components. Even the metal in woman’s bras can set off sensitive metal detector devices. In addition you may be asked to remove, by airport security. Heavy and thick soled footwear as a matter of standard current security practices and routines.
Some items that you may consider standard either may not be allowed to be placed on aircraft – or customs in a foreign country may not allow. Check both with the airline and the foreign authorities. It’s also a wise idea to think of this on your return trip as well back home. Some drugs and medicines while over the counter either in the US or abroad may require a doctor’s prescription on the other side. You may well have the provide a doctors prescription or pharmacy vial with the doctor’s orders on the vial or have the contraband seized with personal or financial ramifications for yourself or your traveling companions. Remember lack of knowledge is no grounds for innocence. You cannot expect customs officers to be experts on drugs and pharmacology – to diminish the situation and the apparent innocence of the medication. If it’s on the list as a prohibited, not allowed or banned substance or requires a doctor’s order and can provide such documentation in form – then watch out.
Lastly make sure that all of your electronic devices are fully charged up. If the items require batteries have the batteries fully charged or if the batteries are of the disposable throw away type – as in some digital cameras – place fresh batteries in the device. You may well be asked to turn on, demonstrate and test the device. If for example the battery in your laptop computer is dead on arrival, charging time may be necessary at the inspections site for inspection and approval of the laptop computer. On top of that if the charger is safely packed away in luggage en-route to the airplane – well this is all an unnecessary foolish, unnecessary chain of events – which is easily preventable with some foresight and common sense.
In the end it can be said by simple planning and coordination with a few simple rules of travel at airport security you can well make both your trip more trouble free and the job of airport security to provide security for the traveling public a lot easier and less work.