Okay, so airport security can be a little intimidating. But it really isn't all that stressful if you're prepared, organized and stay calm (unless you trigger the need for a bomb residue check, now that is a little scary and less than calming).
Going through airport security works basically the same way around the world, with small variances depending on country and regulations.
By following a few basic rules, you'll breeze through the most airport security with no trouble.
- Know what you can and cannot carry on the plane. Most countries and airlines post a list of the information on official sites. And it's relatively the same for most countries, such as no weapons, no explosives, no large liquids, etc.
- Learn how to pack your carry-on and personal item in a way that you can access the stuff you have to display for security easily. This makes it easy to pull out and repack quickly at the checkpoint.
- Dress for security. That doesn't mean you have to wear sweats or yoga pants. Do wear easy to remove shoes, remove and place your jewelry and watches in your bag or coat pocket until you're through security and empty everything out of your pockets.
- Be polite. Don't get loud and rude because it just delays you. Security is just doing their job and if you get pulled for an extra screening, it's just luck of the draw in most cases. You never know what they are looking for or why but you have to do it if you want to fly.
- For more tips and details about getting through airport security, check out the infographic below and read our article on How to Breeze Through Airport Security Like a Pro.