Going through airport security can be unnerving, especially if the line is huge and you're running late. We've all been there, but be careful how you handle stress during the security process. Losing your temper can have serious consequences.
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) created a secret file to track threatening and unruly travelers. Known as the ’95 list’, the record created in February this year has only 50 people on it, so the title's a tad misleading.
Regardless, you should obviously endeavor to stay off this blacklist. Here are five tips to smooth out your journey through an airport's myriad checkpoints – without losing your smile:
1. Arrive early
Nobody likes to spend time waiting, but it's worth it to go through security without rushing. Lines can be longer than expected and the stress can lead you to get frazzled or worse, make you look suspicious.
2. Follow the rules
You will have to take out some items for scanning so have your laptop and tech tablets easily accessible, The same goes for liquids (obviously in max 100ml containers). Have them pre-placed in one transparent re-sealable plastic bag.
3. Have your traveling documents to hand
Hold your boarding card and ID in your hand before getting in the security line. They can move fast and you don't want to delay others by digging around in your hand luggage.
4. Dress for success
Leave your B.A Baracus costume at home. Jewelry, coins, belts, shoes with complicated lacing, scarves, and several layers of clothing will only hold you up. Keep it simple and save time.
5. Be nice
Be polite and respectful with the security guards and do as you are told. If you're selected for additional screening, comply immediately and let staff know if you have any metal surgical implants that can't removed. Oh, and probably best not to wear armour – luckily I was ahead of a guy wearing it in Switzerland recently.
Blog author: Julian Walker, Head of External Market Communications and PR, Carlson Wagonlit Travel