So, to make the TSA Security Checkpoint simpler here are my Travel Tips from a Flight Attendant:
- Organize your bag in layers (when items a neatly placed, your bag will be less likely be checked. They look for abnormalities, and when things are just tossed in a bag, items don’t look as cut and dry on their screen).
- Have your boarding pass and government issued ID ready (What have you been doing in line that whole time?)
- Liquids (smaller than 3.4 ounces) in a clear, quart size plastic zip-top bag (Everything else WILL be taken away! I have seen passengers crying over their $200 perfume. They don’t make exceptions. Don’t take the risk!)
- Wear slip on shoes (I love ballet flats. So easy and fast! You can change into your tie-up shoes at the gate if you’d like!)
- Have everything out of your pockets and metal off your person prior to the checkpoint (I keep a little zip pouch and put my items in this beforehand. It’s frustrating waiting on people that have to check all of their pockets, belt, watch, earrings, etc. while everyone is waiting for them!)
- Laptop easy access or in a “checkpoint friendly” laptop bag (Put your laptop somewhere you can easily pull it out or have it in a simple case/sleeve and you won’t have to take it out)
Believe me I know, TSA is one of the most complicated and aggravating parts when traveling! So taking the time to be prepared will eliminate some of the stress and confusion! Good luck!