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10 Tips to Help You Beat the Airport Security Queue
Travelling over the busy holiday period? Worry no more, as we give you the best ways to beat the lines.
There is nothing worse than starting your holiday, stuck in an airport security queue. Beating the airport security queue can be quite a challenge, but with a few strategic tips, you can save time and reduce stress.
Use a Security Queue Wait Time Tracker: Websites like Qsensor provide real-time information on security wait times at various airports. By checking this before you head to the airport, you can plan your arrival to avoid peak times.
Know the Rules: Familiarise yourself with the latest security regulations regarding what you can and cannot bring in your carry-on luggage. This helps avoid delays at the security checkpoint.
Pack Smart: Keep your liquids, aerosols, and gels in a clear plastic bag and easily accessible in your carry-on. Electronics like laptops should also be easily removable for screening.
Dress Appropriately: Wear shoes that are easy to take off and avoid belts or jewelry that might set off the metal detector. This speeds up the process of going through the security check.
Use Expedited Security Services: Programs like TSA PreCheck in the USA allow pre-approved, low-risk travellers to go through a faster security check. Similar programs exist in other countries (typically called ‘Security Fast Track’).
Choose Your Queue Wisely: Lines with more solo business travellers generally move faster than those with families or groups, as they are usually more experienced with the process and have less luggage.
Choose Your Airport Wisely: Some airports are notorious for long security queues (cough cough SeaTac). It’s best to check the wait times before you leave for the airport, or fly through alternate airports during the peak summer months.
Stay Alert and Prepared: As you approach the front of the line, have your boarding pass and ID ready. Watch the process so you can swiftly place your items on the conveyor belt.
Travel During Off-Peak Hours: If possible, choose flights that depart during less busy times. Qsensor consistently observes the highest wait times at most airports between 5 AM and 10 AM. Mornings do improve your chances of not having a delayed flight but at the expense of standing in a long line. The second highest peak, is typically during the late afternoons/early evenings - also worth avoiding, if possible.
Be Polite and Patient: A positive attitude and courteous behavior towards security staff and fellow travelers can go a long way in ensuring a smooth experience.
Remember, while these tips can help reduce your wait time, it's always important to arrive at the airport with ample time before your flight to accommodate for any unexpected delays.
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