Reducing Wait Time at Airport Security Checkpoint

Before the Airport:
  • Do not pack or bring prohibited items to the airport. Read the permitted and prohibited items list.
  • Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry on baggage only. Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop.
  • Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal. Metal items may set off the alarm in the metal detector.
  • Avoid wearing shoes that contain metal or have thick soles or heals. Many times of footwear will require additional screening even if the metal detector does not alarm.
  • Declare firearms and ammunition to your airline and place them in your  checked baggage.
  • If you wish to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.
  • Do not bring lighters or prohibited matches to the airport.
  • Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA may have to unwrap packages for security reasons.
At the Airport:
  • Each adult traveler needs to keep available his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID until exiting the security checkpoint. Due to different airport configurations, at many airports you will be required to display these documents more than once.
  • Place the following items IN your carry-on baggage or in a plastic bag prior to entering the screening checkpoint.
    • Mobile phones
    • Keys
    • Loose change
    • Money clips
    • Large amounts of jewelry
    • Metal  hair decorations
    • Large belt buckles
  • Take your laptop and tablets out of cases and place them in a bin provided at the checkpoint.
  • Take off all outer coats, suit coats, jackets and blazers.