If you’ve gone through TSA security at a large airport, you know that you may be in for a mess.
This doesn’t have to be. You can protect yourself by following several simple procedures.
Above: Notice that I did not take this photo while actually passing through TSA security. Although at times permitted by TSA if it does not interfere with the screening process and that you do not seem to be doing it for a harmful purpose, why attract unwanted attention? Moreover, there may be state or local laws that prohibit photography.
Always follow exactly the same routine. That means if your mind is on missing your flight, on an upcoming meeting or whatever, you do not have to think very much about security.
Wait until person ahead of you has successfully stepped through x-ray before pushing the laptop case and then laptop tray through. That way you can more easily keep an eye on these.
At security, beware of a team intent on stealing. A person in front of you stages a delay at x-ray by deliberately leaving some coins or whatever in her pocket while her partner grabs a laptop or two or other valuables owned by people delayed by the person with the coins.
Our routine works to prevent one of these victims being you.
I am naturally friendly and polite. This has helped immensely with the security process.
If you do not like TSA security proceedures, take your complaints to the people who determine the rules, not to the TSA agents on the front line who do not have the power to change anything. What can you accomplish by hassling them?
Note that the person who gained fame by saying "Don't touch my junk" and then refusing to continue the pat down process did not fly that day.
Have you any suggestions to improve these tips? Please comment! Although written with TSA security in the U.S. in mind, the basic suggestions, the same routine always both before and during the security line, apply anywhere.
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