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Seven Tips to Save Time at Airport Security

No one likes to be stuck in the line at airport security. No one! Especially when you are on your way to a humanitarian mission where help is needed as fast as possible. But sometimes it can’t be helped, and you end up in a long line. Here are some tips that’ll get you through as quickly and then you’ll be on your way.

Why you’d want to save time at airport security

According to an American Airlines executive, this year alone, more than 70,000 American Airlines customers have missed their flights due to airport screening delays. While this is partly because of a personnel shortage, many travelers are usually unprepared. This causes unnecessary delays and in the worst case missed flights for some of those queuing in line.

  1. Sign up for the TSA's PreCheck
    This traveler program is available at more than 200 airports. Members of the program are prescreened and can get through security without having to take off their shoes or remove laptops from cases. This can save a lot of time and hassle. According to the TSA, in 2016 more than 2.5 million people had enrolled for the precheck.
  2. Choose your luggage wisely,
    One of the biggest travel problems for many people is having too much stuff. Be sure to pack light, but be sure not to leave essential gear at home.
  3. Don’t put your ID and boarding pass in the carry-on bag.
    When you get to the front of the security line, make sure you don’t have to look for stuff in random pockets. Nobody likes to see someone causing a delay because they are messing with their phone, dropping credit cards and keys and spilling crumpled cash all over the place.
  4. Think ahead
    Consider everything you are wearing that you will need to remove (shoes, jewelry, watch, jacket), and what you have inside your carry-on bag that might need to be taken out (liquids, large electronics). When you get to the front of the line, blast through your mental inventory and make it happen efficiently.
  5. Untie shoes
    The rule to untie your shoes still causes significant delays at security checkpoints. Mainly because of laces: Having to untie your shoes increases the amount of time you spend with TSA agents.
  6. Make sure your computer is easily accessible.
    To make sure that your computer hasn’t been tampered with, TSA requires an unobstructed view of your hardware. Make sure your laptop and/or tablet are easily accessible to avoid delay.
  7. Accept the arrival of the full body scan
    You’ve probably noticed the big scanning devices at some of the bigger airports. There has been a lot of backlash surrounding the recently introduced full-body scanner. Travelers often are simply uncomfortable with TSA’s newfound ability to see through clothing, but our advice is just to accept it.

The tips mentioned above can prove to be helpful when you want to save time at airport security. At Raptim, we are happy to help you on each step of your journey because we believe our world is a better place when your priceless compassion is taken to where it is needed most: vulnerable locations. Want to know more? Follow our blog for more travel information.