How to Get Through the Security Line Efficiently

The actual act of traveling can be a big hassle these days, especially if you’re flying. Getting through the security line can be stressful and leave you feeling rushed with all the different things you have to take off and take out of your bag.

But if you show up organized and know ahead of time what you need to do, things will go smoothly, and you’ll feel a little more relaxed. Here are my tips for getting through the security line with a little less stress.

Packing for Easy Access at the Security Line

Packing clothes in a suitcase.

When you pack your bag, put your liquids bag at the top of your carry on suitcase or backpack.

If it’s easily accessible, you’ll be able to pull it out quickly when you get to the front of the security line instead of having to dig through all your clothes looking for it.

In most cases, you will also be required to take your laptop out of your bag, so pack that where you can easily reach it too.

Know What is Prohibited

It’s important to know what items are prohibited and restricted, so check the regulations ahead of time. Don’t try to bring anything prohibited no matter how harmless you might think it is.

Same goes for your liquids. Stick to the allowed amounts and don’t bring any liquids that are more than the allowed amount.

Remember that restrictions change frequently, so check again before your next flight. And make sure you understand how much liquid you can take in hand luggage.

Check out our full packing section here to read articles about specific items that are or are not allowed on the plane.

At the Airport

Have your ticket and ID ready when you get to the agent who checks IDs. Afterwards, put them back in a secure place before going through the screening part of the line.

Your boarding pass and driver’s license or passport are not things you want to throw loose into the bin.

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In the US, and a few other countries, you will be required to take off your shoes. Wear shoes that are easy to take off and quick to put back on. I also recommend wearing socks so you don’t have to walk barefoot on the cold, dirty floor.

Take everything out of your pockets, take off your belt, and take off your watch if it’s metal. They usually have small bowls you can put things like loose change into to go on the conveyor belt. They will also ask you to take off your coat or sweatshirt, so do that ahead of time too.

Once my stuff comes through the other side of the screening conveyor belt, I like to put my shoes on as quickly as possible and then take the rest of my things over to a nearby bench or chair.

If you try to repack everything right there in the screening area, you can easily get in other people’s way. You’ll also feel even more rushed. Too many people in that area also means you might be getting in the way of the security agents.

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These might seem like simple tips, but they will go a long way towards getting you through the screening process at the security line quickly and efficiently. If you’re organized about it from the beginning, you’ll feel less stressed and less hassled. And it’s always nice to start a vacation feeling calm so you can focus on the good stuff – getting excited about your trip!

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How to Get Through the Security Line Efficiently