Flying has always been a time sink. Not only do you have to turn up hours before your flight, you also must contend with ever-increasing security checks and passenger processing. Sometimes it takes longer to get on the plane than it does to fly to the destination!
Every minute counts with business travel, so here’s how to breeze through airport security in the shortest possible time.
Read TSA’s list before you pack.
Take a few minutes to check the latest TSA list of prohibited and allowable items to see if what you plan to bring on your next business trip checks out. There are some surprising items that you can pack into carry-on bags and some unusual items you cannot. Knowing which is which will save a lot of time at security.
Drop the unnecessary tech.
It can be difficult to travel without your smartphone and laptop to pass the time. But given new regulations that allow customs officials to copy your hard drive, go through your phone contacts, and check your social media activity, you have to ask yourself: Is it worth it? If it is, consider a burner phone or get a freshly formatted laptop from IT before you fly abroad.
Leave behind your heavy metal.
The fewer accessories you wear, the faster you can get through the scanner. When flying on business, keep jewelry to a minimum and leave all keys and extraneous items at home. Or if you really cannot live without them, put them in your luggage before you leave home.
Buy it, don’t fly it.
While road trips might allow you to bring razors, scissors, a pocket knife, a corkscrew, or other utility items, you shouldn’t fly with them. If you absolutely need one of these, put them in a checked bag or buy a cheap alternative at your destination. The fewer questionable items you fly with, the faster you’ll get on the plane.
Get into a routine.
If you’re a business travel veteran, you’ll likely have a tried-and-tested routine. If you’re not so experienced, you should get one. You need to be ruthless when packing for business trips. There isn’t room for anything that isn’t strictly necessary. Remember, the lighter you travel, the faster you travel.
Patience is a virtue.
While these security checks can be tedious hassles, they are designed to keep us all safe. It’s tempting to become frustrated, but these checks will help ensure you arrive at your business meeting safely. Arrive with plenty of time to spare, go through security as early as you can, and be patient.
TSA employees are normal people doing an important job. If you follow these business travel tips, not only will your journey be smoother, but their jobs will be a little simpler, too!