Help yourself to faster airport security this summer
It’s summer, you’ve been planning your big vacation for a while, and all you can think about is getting to the lake/beach/mountain (select dream location here). But with your mind’s eye fixed on your destination it’s easy to forget about the journey, particularly security screening at the airport.
The good news is that being prepared can help you breeze through the screening checkpoint, leaving you more time to shop, eat or just relax before your flight.
Do your homework before you go
- Find out if your item goes in carry-on or check and if it can/can’t fly with our searchable “What Can I Bring?” list
- Create a travel-checklist to cover all your needs (insert reminder to water plants here)
- Check our travel tips for all sorts of challenges – from large sport equipment and medical supplies to travelling with pets
Once you hit the front of the line:
- Have your boarding pass ready to show to the screening officer
- Place any loose change, keys and small electronics (e.g. smartphones, tablets, cameras) in your carry-on bag – then drop your bag into the bin
- Be prepared to put large electronic devices (e.g. laptops, gaming consoles, DVD players) in a separate bin
Did you know…
One of the biggest hold-ups at security is having too many liquids, aerosols and gels? Here are some key rules to remember:
- You are allowed one 1 L bag for these items but don’t overstuff it: no seal – no deal!
- Containers over 100 ml need to be checked. And if you arrive at security with a cup of coffee or a water bottle in your hand – be prepared to chug if it’s over 100 ml
- Exceptions to the 100 ml rule include:
- Liquids for children under two years of age
- All containers should be taken out of your carry-on bag for inspection by the screening officer