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An air travel tip is something you can use to your benefit

when traveling by air. In this article we look at several

air travel tips.

Seems travelers love to hate the screeners at the airport. Keep

in mind, the front line personnel that you see as you make your

way toward the gate are …

just the worker bees. Theyíre not

Congress and theyíre not the big wig decision makers. If at

times they seem like robots, deviating very little from their

spcheel, itís because they have procedures that they must follow

and deviating from the standard operation procedure is not an


There are a number of things you can do yourself to speed things

along. Listed below are the top ten tips to help your visit to

the airport security checkpoint hassle-free.

1. Have your boarding pass and government issued photo ID readily

available. Some airports have someone checking your boarding

pass and ID as you first approach your concourse, then shortly

thereafter there is another employee asking for the same thing.

Actually they may be asking for the same thing, but these

employees, often one a federal employee and one a private company

employee, while looking at the same thing, arenít looking for the

same thing. Each person has a different role to fill. If you

have to dig in your purse or wallet for these items, that will

increase the wait time. Ensure your boarding pass is pulled out

of the airline envelope.

2. Wear tennis shoes or known airport friendly footwear so youíll

avoid setting off the alarm on the walk through metal detector.

Often the screeners will encourage you to take your shoes off

before passing through the metal detector. What many passengers

fail to recognize is that many, many shoe manufacturers place

steel shanks (supports) in the souls of the shoes. Just because

you donít see metal, doesnít mean they are metal-free.

3. Laptop computers and video cameras that use cassette tapes,

not digital cameras, need to come out of their carrying case

prior to passing through the x-ray machine. Have these items out

of the case before you reach the table to divest your items.

4. Only undeveloped film with a speed of 800 or higher should be

hand checked. All other disposable cameras, film of 100, 200 or

400 speed and digital cameras are safe to pass through the x-ray.

Know your film speed before reaching the x-ray machine.

5. If you have an inkling that your belt buckle or larger metal

watch may set off the metal detector, remove them while youíre

waiting in line and have them ready to place into a bin.

6. Donít wear pants or suspenders that contain a lot of metal.

If you canít remove the metal prior to passing through the metal

detector, youíll be sent for additional screening, thus

increasing your wait time.

7. Most smell jewelry such as rings, necklaces and earrings will

not set off the alarm. Donít bother wasting time removing them.

8. Yes your fanny pack, hidden money belt and wallet on a string

around your neck must pass through the x-ray, have it ready to

place into a bin.

9. Leave all tools, Swiss army knives, pointed end scissors, and

bladed corkscrews in your checked bag. You may not bring them

onboard the aircraft in your carry-on bags. If your bag must be

searched to find these items, itís definitely going to increase

your wait time.

10. Strollers and pet carriers need to pass through the x-ray

machine. Remove your children and pets from this equipment prior

to reaching the x-ray.

If youíre standing in line merely waiting for your turn to walk

through, use this time to your advantage. If everyone were

already ready to walk though the metal detector BEFORE it was

actually their turn, the wait times would be greatly decreased.

Next time you fly, instead of grumbling about the procedures that

neither you nor the front line screeners can change, try having

some fun, being prepared and perhaps even thanking the screeners

for doing their part of keeping the aircrafts safe.

About the author:

Jeff Schuman’s small business resource website has the best of everthing to help you run your own small business.

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