If you want to speed through TSA at the airport, there are some things you can do to lessen your chances of being questioned and subjected to additional searches. A pretty good article by RJ Wilson reminds us of the following:
- Any unusual items Tell screeners about unusual items, and be prepared to undergo additional screenings as a precaution. An unusual item is anything the TSA agents won’t immediately recognize. Keep your carry-ons well organized and uncluttered so that agents can easily check for unsafe items.
- Random Checks Don’t assume that every random check is a constitutional violation. The best thing to do is just comply. Complaining is just going to hold you up and everyone behind you.
- If you’re traveling internationally, do your homework. Go to the State Department’s website, They’re always putting out information about things not to take abroad, along with processes and procedures for different countries. The State Department’s really good about giving travelers the information they need. Make sure to have proper identification. Carefully research what you’ll need to get through customs, and when traveling with children, make sure that they know what to expect.
If you’re traveling with kids, know that they are subject to slightly different checkpoint guidelines. While traveling within the United States, children under the age of 18 don’t have to provide identification, and kids 12 and younger can leave their shoes on during screenings.When deciding which line to get in, don’t just look at the longest one, check out which line is moving faster. Business travelers who fly frequently know the procedures and tend to move through much more quickly.