The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has stepped up security measures in recent years as airline passengers prepare to board their flights, in response to heightened security threats. How can you get through TSA security checkpoints successfully?
Remove Outer Garments
It has been standard procedure for years as airline passengers are asked to remove outer garments as they go through security, including coats, jackets and shoes. Prepare yourself in advance before it is your turn to walk through the TSA checkpoint so that you are not delayed in your onward journey and asked to remove these articles before you can proceed. Whenever I remove my outer garments I always make sure to also empty out my pockets of loose change, key chains and other metal articles and devices that could set the alarms off.
Removing Other Articles of Clothing
Airlines passengers are not expected to remove any other articles of clothing other than coats, jackets as well as their shoes. Do not remove any extra clothing when you reach the TSA checkpoint, as this is an unnecessary measure. If you are asked to remove your clothing, you should ask to speak to a supervisor or manager. There must be a reason why you have been asked to remove any extra articles of clothing and if so, you have the right to request that these articles of clothing be removed in a private location.
Co-operate with TSA Agents
TSA agents have a job to do, which can at times be difficult and unpleasant for them as well as airline passengers who must submit to ever-increasing invasive searches and pat-downs. But if you refuse to co-operate with TSA directives, you will find that it will be harder to get through security, as you are delayed and possibly even refused boarding if you are particularly obstructive.
The key to getting through TSA security checkpoints is to follow the rules. Start by removing outer garments such as coats, jackets and your shoes. Do not remove any other outer garments unless asked to do so. If you are asked to remove extra clothing, you should ask to speak to the TSA agent’s supervisor or manager. Finally, make sure you co-operate with the reasonable requests of TSA agents. They have a very difficult job to do.