1st Thing You Don’t Do is come to the Airport like Homie in the Pic above 0_o
Us New Yorkers are lucky enough to have some hard working TSA employees. As if it isn’t already a nightmare to travel around the holidays, getting through security can be a hassle. So many rules and regulations, what you can do, can’t have, big liquids, no metals.. and they change.. sometimes with no warning. Knowing the do’s and dont’s of the airport will help you breeze right through. Safe travels from us here at IFWT !!
Dress in clothes you can slip out of at a moments notice. Wear loose garments with wide pockets, a belt that can be quickly removed, and low-top shoes—preferably slip-ons. You’ll be taking all of this stuff off and emptying your pockets to step through the metal detector while it’s scanned, and the faster you can put it all back on, the faster you get through the checkpoint.
Depending on how many people are queued in front of you and how fast the line is moving, you’ll want to start disrobing roughly 5-8 positions from the front of the line. This should give you ample time to fiddle with your shoelaces and put everything in the bin before you start holding up the line behind you. You’ll also want to remove all of your jewelry, a watches, and keys. Stick your valuables in a bag or jacket pocket. Remove piercings to avoid any chance of setting off the metal detector and being sent through to secondary inspection. Scarves and religious headdress can be kept on, but may require additional inspection if they are baggy enough to potentially conceal contraband (I’m looking at you, Rastafarian guy with the meter-tall dread beanie).
There are two things that you will not take out of your pocket at any time from curb to runway—your boarding pass and government-issued ID. These will be the first two things the TSO asks you for, so keep both of them in hand from the time you get your boarding pass until you reach the checkpoint, then stuff them in a back pocket while you’re getting scanned. The TSA will accept a wide variety of identification so long as it is government issued and has your name and face on it. If you have somehow lost your ID before getting to the checkpoint, you can still make your trip, but you’re in for a wait, and no less than three rounds of screening.