What to Wear to Breeze Through Airport Security
Every time I hear someone complain about all the things they had to take off when they went through airport security, I have the same thought: If you didn’t put it on, you wouldn’t have to take it off.
Do I actually say that out loud? No, but sometimes I share my very simple strategy which makes it easy to breeze through the line. You can’t control the unprepared traveller in front of you, but you can ensure you’re not the unprepared traveller in front of someone else. Seriously, I don’t want to wait while you remove all your metal bracelets, struggle to get your shoes off or argue about whether your expensive lotion is too large to take in your carry on!
If that has been you in the past, I got you. Here’s what I do every time I plan an airport outfit.
Keep Metal to a Bare Minimum
If you load on the silver or gold jewellery or pack your hair with hairpins, you may set off the walk-through scanners. This means security is likely to use the handheld scanner on you to figure out exactly what caused that beeping sound. You may also get a pat-down.
If you don’t want to get intimate with a stranger, stick to accessories which don’t feature a lot of metal. Leave the belt in your bag and consider putting on your watch only after you get through to the other side. Not only won’t you have to take them off but you avoid the risk that you’ll leave valuables behind.
Make Sure You Can Remove Your Shoes Easily
You will have to take off your shoes in most airports. It’s annoying but if you wear shoes you can take off easily, there’s a lot less hassle. Some people opt for flip-flops or slides but since I don’t like putting my bare feet on the airport’s floor, I wear either ballet flats or slip-on sneakers so I can wear low-cut shoe liners or socks.
Avoid sandals with tons of tiny buckles or any other footwear you struggle with on a regular day. Trust me, add the natural stress of travelling or a security official who’s hurrying you along and you’ll be all thumbs!
Side note: Don’t bother putting on a hat. You’ll have to take that off too.
Organize Your Carry-On and/or Handbag
You’ll have to remove your electronics and liquids. Make sure all your travel-sized toiletries are placed in a clear Ziploc bag and that you can easily access that bag. I gather that some airports are stricter than others about the quart-sized bag of liquids but I play by the rules.
Actually, these days I use one of those Beauty on the Fly bags you get from Sephora and I’ve never had an issue. Anything over 3.4 ounces will get tossed in the trash so make sure any larger bottles are in your checked luggage.
You also need to make sure you can easily remove your laptop, iPad, camera or any other gadgets.
There’s another reason for keeping your bags organised. If they are manually searched for any reason, the agent will hopefully be able to see what you’ve packed without having to dig. I know we all end up throwing in a few things at the last minute but as much as possible, try not to have everything jumbled together.
My outfit is usually jeans or joggers, a loose top and non-metallic jewellery with few or no hairpins in my hair. It may sound boring to dress so minimally so if you must stunt in the airport, add the extras after security. I’m usually more concerned about comfort and making my journey as stress-free as possible. If you prefer, by all means, choose an outfit that looks amazing without needing all the extra accessories.
Now, let me know in the comments. Do you pay special attention to what you wear to the airport?