How to Not be ‘That Guy’ in the TSA Line

by Veronica An

Sep 10, 2015

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Tips / Travel

We’ve all been there, late for the plane and stuck in the TSA line behind the world’s most annoying traveler. From fumbling with shoes to hogging multiple bins, this is the last person you want to meet on your way to your destination.


Know the rules. As simple as it sounds, making sure your liquids are less than 3 ounces and all fit into a clear zip-lock bag makes a big difference in getting through security. Pack this bag in an easily accessible place to avoid fumbling for it when you’re in line — the last thing you need is to have clothes flying everywhere as you search for your zip-lock bag.


Dress right. Empty your pockets of change before arriving at the airport and, if possible, wear pants that do not require a belt. As you wait in line, untie your shoes and remove outerwear. Better yet, wear slip-on shoes and minimal outerwear.


Keep your patience in check. No one wants to be pulled away for extra screenings but, if the time comes, do yourself and everyone around you a favor by playing it cool and remaining levelheaded. Now is not the time for a meltdown.


By following these simple tips, you’ll ensure you won’t be ‘that guy’ on your next trip to the airport.



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