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Travel Tips Part 2
By Clare Novak
Posted on 5/16/2018 8:49 AM

Travel Tips – Part 2

Tips for Smooth Security Screening 

Airport security is here to stay. We could all be more relaxed if each of us prepared mindfully for security screening. If we plan ahead, we reduce discombobulation time for everyone. 

If you travel frequently, it’s worth your time to get in the TSA Pre-check program. This will minimize the undressing and unpacking at security. If you travel infrequently by air, here are a few ideas to minimize the hassle. These will generally get you through most airports, however, a few countries do have slightly different procedures. For example, in Europe, solid deodorant goes in the liquids bag.

Be fashionable AFTER security

  • Pack belt, watch, scarf, big jewelry in your carry-on and put it on AFTER security. This will minimize the undressing and redressing you need to do
  • Extra layers for indoor warmth can also be put into the carry-on until after security
  • Empty water bottles that can be filled after security are a nice to have comfort item

    Be functional BEFORE security

  • Wear slip-on shoes, such as loafers or sandals. Travelers older than 70 do not need to take off their shoes in the US. 
  • Minimize layers as all outer garments have to be removed, including scarves
  • Minimize metal, metal zippers, watches, jewelry, etc.
  • Don’t wear clothes with pockets or be prepared to empty pockets
  • Leave bags unlocked
  • Liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. All of the aforementioned must fit into a 1-quart plastic, sealable bag. Anything larger must be in a checked bag.
  • Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process.

Be mindful and pick up ALL your belongings before going to the gate. If you are with someone and chatting, it’s easy to become distracted and forget an item.

Use the time you are standing in line to check yourself for compliance. Why not take your jacket off and check your pockets while standing in line rather than waiting until you are putting things in trays? This will speed up the process for everyone. 


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Photo above of Claire traveling in Petra, Jordan

Clare Novak is an international speaker, author and consultant. Her work and personal travel have taken her to 45 States and 35 countries. Her international work began in Egypt and has since taken her to some less commonly visited countries, including Georgia, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Macedonia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ukraine. Her travel website is  

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