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9 Genius Hacks For Getting Through Airport Security Faster

by Phil Mutz
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Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

Traveling is so stressful. If I could just snap my fingers and be there already, I would do it in a heartbeat.

But nothing stresses me out like the airport security line. There are so many people, things are always moving so slowly, and — above all else — I’m in a hurry to try and catch my plane!

I inevitably will pick the wrong line — the one that takes the longest. And it seems like I’m the one who keeps setting off the metal detector, which gives me even more anxiety.

But I have finally resolved to change all that. Some people seem to fly through security as fast as humanly possible, and I am determined to be one of those people.

A couple of these hacks may seem like common sense (though they came as a surprise to me), but most of them are actually genius. I had no clue that choosing the left line versus the right line might actually make a difference!

What other hacks for speeding through security did we miss? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE with anyone who gets as stressed at the airport as I do!

1. Always, Always Go Left...

1. Always, Always Go Left...

Got a choice? Do yourself a favor and pick the left line. Experts claim that most people subconsciously go right.

2. ... Unless You See A Stroller

2. ... Unless You See A Stroller

But if you see a stroller or a family with a bunch of kids, run the other direction. Kids are beautiful, just not at security. (Unless, of course, you’re the one traveling with kids, in which case, make sure you have plenty of assistance from a spouse or loved one!)

3. Empty Your Pants

3. Empty Your Pants

When you leave your house, the only thing in your pants pocket should be an ID, your boarding pass, and some cash. Literally everything else should be removed.

4. Wear A Jacket — And Stuff The Pockets With Valuables

4. Wear A Jacket — And Stuff The Pockets With Valuables

Nervous about your valuables? Zip them in a coat pocket that you can quickly take off and put through the x-ray. And bonus — you have a jacket to keep you warm on the cold plane!

5. Wear Slip-On Shoes (And Socks!)

5. Wear Slip-On Shoes (And Socks!)

Your shoes are coming off, so wear a pair that you can slide off in seconds. And please, please, please, wear socks — you do not want to be barefoot in an airport!

6. Smile Til It Hurts

6. Smile Til It Hurts

TSA workers are only human and they see a lot of awful and rude people in a day. Smile and be as friendly as possible — they may help you out by giving you a tip about the shortest line!

7. Don't Try To Get Away With Anything — They WILL Catch You!

7. Don't Try To Get Away With Anything — They WILL Catch You!

You know the rules. Don’t try to break them. This will only delay you and everyone behind you. Just imagine how angry the folks in line will be if they have to wait while security workers pull water bottles from your bag?

8. Download The App

8. Download The App

There are actually apps like My TSA or MiFlight where you can check security wait times in advance. Modern technology is a wonderful thing!

9. And In The Meantime? Sign Up For PreCheck!

9. And In The Meantime? Sign Up For PreCheck!

TSA PreCheck is fairly new, but it can save you hours of wait time and stress. Sign up well in advance and you can skip the lines!

These genius hacks can help you speed through airport security like a pro. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.

And don’t forget to SHARE with friends and family who get stressed out by the airport!