Summer Travel – How to Love the Security Checkpoint
May 21, 2012
Summer travel season is swiftly approaching, with Memorial Day typically marking the starting point for many family and individual vacations, assuming they can make it past the infamous airport security checkpoint. Like many things in life, however, the security checkpoint is made out to be far worse than it actually is, especially if travelers are aware of the protocol and what they need to do.
Here’s a short list of what to be aware of when it comes to airport security checkpoints, and how you can ensure that your visit is as smooth as possible:
1. Be Aware – Before you fly, check the TSA’s website and your specific airports website, to see what, if any, specific travel alerts are out. When the TSA banned large liquid containers due to a security threat in August 2006, many passengers were caught off-guard due to the abrupt nature of the announcement. Stay informed of what’s happening in the world and be ready to adjust your carry-ons as needed.
2. Pack Smart – The TSA is very clear what you can and cannot bring on an airplane; if you’re not clear as to whether an item will be allowed through security or not, pack it in a checked bag or leave it at home. With medical devices and pharmaceuticals, be sure to have a doctor’s script if possible.
3. Follow the Rules – While at the checkpoint, listen to the agents and follow direction. Your personal opinions about security notwithstanding, going with the flow of the security checkpoint operators speeds the entire process up, potentially reducing headaches for you and your fellow passengers.
4. Opt for a Scan – Pat-downs are tedious, invasive and slow your entire trip down. Body scanners, on the other hand, are proven safe and effective and keep the flow of the line (and your vacation) moving along without a hitch.
Security technology is constantly improving to make your trip easier – soon, you’ll be able to walk through security with your jacket and shoes on, limiting some of the more frequent headaches and roadblocks when it comes to air travel.
But for now, follow the checklist above, and you can be sure that your trip will go as planned…and least from the standpoint of the security checkpoint.
Category: Homeland Security | Technology & Screening Solutions | Airports/Aviation Security |