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Breezing through Airport Security

Breezing through Airport Security

Don’t you just love that feeling of excitement you have when you’re getting ready to jet off on a vacation? You feel like you’re on top of the world and nothing can stifle that feeling of sheer happiness! You’re beaming with an ear-to-ear smile practically skipping through the airport and then it happens, you hit the line for the dreaded security check point.

It’s safe to say we are all well aware of how painful going through security can be these days. It’s up there with sitting in the dentist’s chair or waiting in line at the DMV. Simply put, it isn’t fun. Like it or not though, it’s simply part of air travel now. Luckily there are some things you can do to make your best effort to “breeze” through airport security.

Pack your carry-on in an organized fashion. This will make your life easier when going through security and also if they do a bag search.

Prepare a 1-quart sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag of liquids before you leave home. Be sure you abide by the guidelines for liquids. Security won’t care if they take your $300 face moisturizer because it’s 150ml and tears won’t work this time ladies!

Look for business travelers. Get behind them in line. Think of them as pros when it comes to travel. They are organized and move swiftly like ninjas, exactly what you want in this situation.

Passport/ID and boarding pass in hand. Don’t lose sight of them!

Have your electronics easily accessible. Put your laptop or iPad in a spot in your bag where you can easily grab it. Pull them out while you’re waiting in line so you aren’t “that person” digging around at the last minute. You can buy “checkpoint friendly” laptop bags now too.

Dress for plane travel. This isn’t the time to be showing off all your “bling” or to wear your lace-up boots. Don’t wear anything that could set off the detectors and slip-on shoes are a must.

Know what food and gifts you can/cannot bring on the plane. You wouldn’t want a jar of your Mom’s famous cranberry sauce ripped away from you in security would you? Then you have to wait until next Thanksgiving to have it again!

All children’s items and toys must go through the x-ray machine. Make sure your little ones know they can’t hold their teddy bear through security. Refer to the “Traveling with Children” section.

Use TSA recognized baggage locks on your luggage in case they have to open it.

Finally, be PREPARED, be POLITE and be PATIENT! Remember the three Ps! Being feisty and antsy won’t make things move faster and you’re not doing your blood pressure any favors.

Remind yourself ten minutes of your life going through security isn’t a big deal to get you away on your vacation. Even more importantly, you just can’t put a price on your own safety.

 What are your tips to “breeze” through airport security? We’d love to hear them! 


– Katy

Director of Luxury Travel, Katy Paterson, is living an ex-pat life in Singapore by way of Sydney. Spending the rest of 2012 globetrotting, Katy will be checking-in from her favorite spots in San Francisco, Boston, NYC, LA, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Twitter: @Chamorro_Chica

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Katy is our Director of Luxury Travel and resident ex-patriot living abroad in Singapore. Having just walked down the aisle in Bali, and back from her honeymoon in the Maldives, she documents her super cool world travels and personal journeys at Chamorro Chica. @Chamorro_Chica


  1. I always wear flip flops or flats. Something easy to take on and off. And I second the sentiment that having patience is key. I’d much rather the TSA be thorough in their search than the alternative.

    • Yes I’m usually in flip flops also or if going to a cooler climate then my comfy ballet flats!

  2. Each time I think I have airport security down to a science I fail miserably! Thank you for writing about this. It is going to be my “go to” whenever I fly.

    • I hope it helps you! Getting it down to a perfect science is tough but we can try and save ourselves the pain.

  3. This is a great list. It’s always good to have these reminders.

    • Thanks Sue! I’m glad you found it helpful. I definitely agree it’s great to have reminders. It’s easy to forget these things when planning for a trip and you have so much to do.

  4. You forgot to mention that all US citizens must check their Constitutional Rights at the door.

    Unreasonable search and seizure?

    TSA Theatrics are just that – they have yet to improve real security.

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