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How to Get Through Airport Security Fast

By Maureen DiLello on January 20, 2016 3:55 PM

Topics: General How-To WTI

I bet we can guess one of the top things you dread most about traveling by air. Is it going through Airport Security? Here are some tips to help make that Airport Security process a little more stress-free and on your way to your destination.

Check a Bag When Necessary

If you’re traveling with liquids in bottles greater than 3-ounces, you are going to get stopped. Get through security faster by checking your bag at the gate. If you need to travel with a bag, make sure to put all your 3-oz.-or-less liquids in a 1 quart-sized bag. The TSA limits the amount of liquids that travelers may carry through a security checkpoint. Remember “3-1-1”:

  • 4 oz (100 mL) bottle or less for all liquids, gels, and aerosols; placed in a
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles; and
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin.

Try using a clear bag with clear bottles that you can fill with your products. Just make sure you label the correct products to avoid any confusion later down the road!

When Checking a Bag, Limit What You Carry-On

Less is more, as they would say. Carry on only the necessary items for travel like medicine, chargers, electronics, personal travel documents, toiletries. It’s always good to pack an extra pair of clothes in case your travel plans change unexpectedly!

Be Prepared

Have your license and boarding pass in your hand while you wait. Make sure your laptop is readily available to take out of your bag and onto the conveyer belt. Wearing shoes with laces? Loosen them before you get to security so you can slip them off quickly. Start taking off jewelry and emptying your pockets. The more prepared you are, the quicker the lines move.

Be Smart

Most casual and new travelers tend to walk straight ahead to the first scanner lane. Look to the lanes on the far left or far right- they’re usually shorter.

Enroll in TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry

TSA PreCheck sends airline passengers through security lines quicker. The line is shorter and you don’t have to remove your shoes and jewelry. TSA PreCheck puts travelers through a thorough background check, takes fingerprint scans from applicants, and costs $85, but in return, traveling can become much less of a pain. Global Entry is a similar frequent-traveler program that is best for people who often travel internationally. To learn more about TSA PreCheck and Global Entry, you can visit TSA’s website.


Always remember to smile and say thank you when going through airport security. A little kindness goes a long way.

Safe travels from all of us here at World Travel, Inc.

Maureen DiLello

Written by Maureen DiLello