Common Mistakes at Checkpoints

Common Mistakes at Security Checkpoints

Even if you are planning for the best trip, there may be some unexpected troubles that can creep up on you and throw a monkey wrench into your plans.  Most travelers, if not all, have encountered some sort of travel snafu. 

The mantra “what can go wrong, will go wrong” rings true more often than not.  From minor incidences, like forgetting to pack sunscreen for a beach holiday, to major problems, such as losing your luggage or missing a flight, unexpected issues may arise during travel. 

In this article, we are discussing some of the mistakes that people make at the security checkpoints. If you are confused regarding this, then you are in the right place.

Common mistakes travelers make at the security checkpoints

These small issues have the potential to ruin a pleasure or business trip in a fraction of a second! The question now is, how? The easy answer is to prepare thoroughly ahead of your departure.

Packing firearms in a carry-on bag

If you are planning to bring a gun or any other weapon, make sure that you pack it properly and inform the air carrier. There are legal methods to transport firearms, but packing them in carry-on luggage is not the right method.

So it is advisable not to bring the firearms or any other prohibited items along with you. By doing so, it can save you from the huge amount of trouble at the security checkpoints.

Not using a TSA approved lock

By locking your luggage, you can protect your belongings from theft, misuse, and tampering. While locks play a very important role in keeping the travelers’ possessions safe, TSA protocol demands that baggage can be inspected if necessary.

If the luggage is secured with the TSA approved locks, the inspector can simply use a universal master key to open the luggage without breaking the locks.

Carrying a huge amount of liquids

You have to be specific about carrying any liquid or gel item in your carry-on luggage. Further, these liquids should not be more than 3.4 ounces and must be in a tamper-evident bag.

On the other hand, if you are a Duty-Free shopper, you can carry up to 5 liters of 48 to 140 proof alcoholic beverages. Further, if you carry over 140-proof (higher than 70% of alcohol content), then you cannot check-in.

It is also very important to note that you can have only one quart-sized bag per passenger.

Do not use a gift-wrapping paper

When you are bringing a present to your destination, it is recommended not to wrap it. For security reasons, security personnel can ask you to open that particular article, which is covered in wrapping paper.

Wearing anything with metal

If you want to avoid the heaps of time by beeping through the security checker and make your screening easy and quick, you need to minimize wearing the metal items. The metal item includes heavy buckles, studded belts, zippers, etc.

Vapemods or E-cigarettes

If you are carrying personal vaping devices, you need to pack these components in carry-on baggage as per TSA rules. This is because such items as vape tanks, e-liquid bottles, and batteries are at the risk of breakage and explosion if not carry with full safety and precaution.

Arguing with a TSA officer

Do not argue with the TSA agents as they are just following the security protocols. If you are not satisfied with the rules, then you have the right to take it out with the lawmakers and not on the TSA agents.

They are just helping you out with the problems that may arise later on. So, you can take their advice in a positive manner and follow their suggestions.

Wrong security lane

Most of the airports have special security lanes for the VIPs as well as families. So, to avoid delays, you have to be sure to use the right lane for yourself.

Most of the above-mentioned mistakes happen by the passenger due to a lack of knowledge about airport security procedures. Now by learning your mistakes, you are able to go through the checkpoint in the smoothest and fastest way.