Even savvy travelers make mistakes at airport security. The process is daunting and demanding.
Below are several mistakes to avoid making so your experience is not as challenging, as follows:
Having Your Electronics Scattered
While most destinations in the United States only require you to take out your laptop and/or tablet, not every country is the same. You may be required to take your camera out, as well as hard drives, external batteries and other devices. Some airports in Europe may require travelers to place all electronics in separate bins. Keep your electronic gear organized and your cords in one place in the event you suddenly have to unpack everything.
Traveling With Wrapped Presents
This is a common mistake travelers make during the holidays. If you wrap something and TSA wants to inspect it, they will unwrap the gift themselves. Plan to ship your gifts to your destination or wrap them after you arrive.
Wearing Complicated Shoes
Ditch the heels with the straps or the pair of boots for airport security and keep them in your carry-on bag. If you are sitting there struggling to get your shoes undone in the security line, you are going to get frustrated, as is everyone else behind you. Go for slipons and make sure to have socks. There are countless germs on the airport floor, and you do not want to end up with athlete’s foot or a staph infection.
Flying With Non-Solid Foods
Sometimes, it all depends on what airport security agent you get, but regardless, be mindful of foods that are not technically solid. If you are bringing back items like jams, sauces or mustard, airport security may have you throw them away if they are over the allowed 3.4 oz and not in a clear, quart-sized bag.
Connecting in the US with Duty-Free Liquor in Your Carry-On
If you are returning from your Caribbean vacation with a few souvenir bottles of rum you picked up at the duty-free shop on your way back, you must pack them in your checked luggage when you land in the United States. All inbound flights from outside the country require you to pick up your luggage and “re-check” it before going through security again. Security will confiscate your bottle of rum if you leave them in your carry-on bag.
Not Checking the Country’s Airport Security Rules
It’s important to review the rules, even if you are a frequent flyer. If you are flying out of a country for the 1st time, some surprises may await at security.
So, avoid time-consuming and costly issues by reviewing the rules before you catch a ride to the airport to hop the plane to Paradise.
By Erin De Santiago
Paul Ebeling, Editor
Editor’s Note: Ms. De Santiago is a travel and food writer who writes for various publications including her award-winning blog, Our Tasty Travels
Enjoy your travels