Thursday, March 27, 2014
Airline travel isn't without it's inconveniences. I mean you have to basically strip down just to make it through security. But there are a few ways that I've learned to streamline the process and get through without much hassle.
Dress Appropriately. Wear shoes that easily slip on and off. Don't wear a belt, or any other unnecessary accessories. These items will slow you down when you inevitably have to take them on and off in the security process. The idea is to get through that security line as quickly as possibly. (Especially if you're anything like me and like to push the limits on getting to your gate in time to board.)
Pack smart. Make sure everything you need is nearby and easy to reach. Your laptop will have to come out, so pack it in a bag that you can slid in and out quickly. You don't want to be fumbling with straps and zippers. On that note, make sure that bag is big enough to hold your 1 quart bag of liquids. You can fit a surprising number of products into those bags. I can easily have everything I need for a week in that one bag. Why dig for them in two different suitcases? And if you bring a water bottle, make sure it's empty. You aren't gonna get that passed the TSA agents.
Other than that, keep your boarding pass and ID handy (my bag as an inner side pocket that works for that), and you're good to go. You can't see it, but there is still plenty of room in my bag for a book, camera, and snacks too (because ain't nobody want to pay for overpriced airport/airplane food).
Plan ahead and be smart and you'll be through security and on your way in no time.