How to Fly through Airport Security - Slideshow

By Miriam B. Weiner, Staff WriterNov. 12, 2012
By Miriam B. Weiner, Staff WriterNov. 12, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
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Check out PreCheck

Check out PreCheck

Although service is still fairly limited, volunteering for the TSA PreCheck program will help you avoid long lines and time-consuming regulations.
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Pack like a Pro

Pack like a Pro

You should have all your ducks in a row well before you hop on line at security. Pack necessary items—like your three-ounce liquids and your paperwork—in easy-to-reach places to avoid having to empty your whole carry-on in front of the scanner (and all the anxious travelers behind you).
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Check out PreCheck

Although service is still fairly limited, volunteering for the TSA PreCheck program will help you avoid long lines and time-consuming regulations.
Read More:
How to Fly through Airport Security: 7 Tips for a Speedy Screening

Pack like a Pro

You should have all your ducks in a row well before you hop on line at security. Pack necessary items—like your three-ounce liquids and your paperwork—in easy-to-reach places to avoid having to empty your whole carry-on in front of the scanner (and all the anxious travelers behind you).
Read More:
How to Fly through Security: 7 Tips for a Speedy Screening

Untie for Time's Sake

Since you're required to remove your shoes before passing through security, save yourself (and others) some time by wearing slip-ons. Just-remember to wear socks as well—you never know when those floors were last swept.
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How to Fly through Airport Security: 7 Tips for a Speedy Screening

Coddle Your Computer

Investing in a TSA-approved laptop case will allow you to leave your computer in its bag while it passes through the X-ray machine. (That means you're less likely to drop it in transit!)
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How to Fly through Airport Security: 7 Tips for a Speedy Screening

Scope Out Security

Just because you're in a shorter line doesn't mean you face a shorter wait. Evaluate the passengers ahead of you before choosing which way to go. A line full of business travelers will likely move more rapidly than a line stocked with families.
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Succumb to the Scan

TSA's new full-body scanners may make you uneasy, but they're much faster and more comfortable than the alternative: a pat-down.
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Don't Forget to Smile

With millions of people flying every day, TSA agents are bound to encounter unhappy travelers. Don't be one of them. The ticket to getting somewhere fast is a smile and a polite attitude.
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