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Less Stress with Airport Security
Helpful Travel Tips

Airports can be a bit complicated, but if you follow the Transportation Security Administration guidelines provided for you, it can make your experience quick and efficient. Of course there is the occasional security search that can never be avoided, but that is the beauty of security - unpredictable to protect you, the traveler.

Here are some helpful tips that will reduce your wait time at the security checkpoints.

  1. Do not pack or bring Prohibited Items to the airport. If it is questionable check the requirements.
  2. Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on baggage only.
  3. Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop.
  4. Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal. Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector. Avoid wearing shoes that contain metal or have thick soles or heels. Many types of footwear will require additional screening even if the metal detector does not alarm.
  5. Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.
  6. Declare firearms & ammunition to your airline and place them in your checked baggage.
  7. If you wish to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.
  8. Do not bring lighters or prohibited matches to the airport.
  9. Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA may have to unwrap packages for security reasons.

Always remember, If you get into trouble in another country, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy. Know the countries in which you will be traveling so you can reach the nearest U.S. embassy wherever you go.

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