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Travel Tips – Tips At The Screening Checkpoint

Posted on May 20, 2011 | Travel TipsNo Comment

So you get all set to travel and you have everything in place. You then get detained at the security checkpoint for some silly metal that gets detected in your clothing or some metal item in your purse lets out the beep.

Such glitches can be avoided and this kind of last minute worry can be tackled by understanding the system behind travelling. Travel tips offers you the way to travel through security checkpoints. These are operated by the officers in charge of transportation security from the Transportation Security Administration.

These checkpoints are for our safety and to avoid any kind of terrorism being encouraged. This ensures that no kind of weapon gets aboard the plane and no kind of items prohibited find their way in. The passengers and the baggage are screened well to avoid any discomfort caused to anyone.

Thus preparing well in advance and making it routine during every travel ensures that your time is not wasted at the screening point. Some of the suggestions below could help you out.

Dress Code

As such there is no particular dress code for travelling or for passing through the security, yet wearing a casual code suits everyone. If you need to be dressed formally then stick to basics. Head gear and head coverings are allowed but if your clothing is too loose then you would be taken for special screening. Avoid accessories and jeweler which could set off a metal alarm, so pins, bracelets, watches, earrings, body piercings, and cuff links could be avoided. Sometimes clothing with metal buttons, snaps also set off an alarm. Hair metal clips, belt buckles, under wire bras ,hidden body piercings, keys, loose change, pagers, mobile phones, could be best avoided from pockets. It could be carried in the hand bags.

Coats and jackets should be put in the baggage as they go through an X-Ray for inspection. Trench coats, heavy coats used in winter, blazers etc could be left in the carry on or kept in the bin given for you. Gel filled bras are allowed during screening.

So the ideal thing to do would be to put all the metal items in a bag provided by the security and let it pass through screening. This would save your time and you wouldn’t be taken for additional screening.

Additional Support

It is a good idea to keep the boarding pass and the ID card till the security checkpoint.

How to Get a Boarding Pass

At the airline’s counter in the airport, there is a check in, use the airline’s self service booth in the lobby, print the boarding pass from the website for your airlines.

In case you are not travelling and you are only accompanying a child or an elderly till the checkpoint then prior documentation from the airline counter is necessary.


You would have to remove your shoes before passing through the metal detector. It is checked for any case of tampering. The shoes are put on the X-Ray machine so that they don’t have to rescreen. So don’t put the shoes in the bin provided for you. In case it is a case where the passenger has a prosthetic device or is disabled then in such cases an officer has to be notified and an additional special screening is had. Mandatory shoe screening has started since 2006. It is done to avoid tucking away of explosives and any other anomaly.

Other Valuable Tips

Keeping the hand baggage free of packing liquids and passing it in the checked baggage gets you out of security faster. Limited luggage and limit the purchase in the boarding area. Liquids, aerosols and gels are banned these days.

Thus simple steps and basic understanding of checking in helps you to travel comfortably and happily. The clue remains in identifying what is best for you.

So happy travelling and keep smiling.

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