There are many things to remember when you’re going thorough airport security these days. If you have young children in tow it’s even more complicated and you never seem to have enough arms to hold everything. But you can make things easier for yourself by knowing what to expect and by being prepared. Here are some tips to help you.
Before you fly make sure you check the latest government and airline advice and restrictions.
Talk to your kids
If your children aren’t used to flying they may be worried by the security checks so have your age-appropriate explanations ready as to what’s happening and why.
Charge your gadgets up before you start your journey. The UK government now says that all electronic devices which are in your hand luggage need to be charged because you may be asked to switch them on to show that they work. Take your laptop, tablet, iPad and any other large electronic devices out of your hand luggage as they need to be screened separately.
Make sure that everyone in your family is wearing shoes which are easy to get on and off. You may have to take your shoes off to be scanned separately when you go through the scanner.
Don’t wear a belt if you don’t need one. If you’re wearing a belt take it off before you get to the scanners.
Coats and jackets
If you’re wearing a coat or a jacket take it off before you get to the scanners as it will be screened separately.
If you have anything metal (including keys and coins) in the pockets of the clothes you’re wearing remove it before you get to security. If you don’t the security arch will beep as you walk through it and you’ll have to got through again and possibly be manually searched.
Any liquids or gels in your hand luggage must be in containers of 100ml or less in a transparent, resealable plastic bag. Have this bag and its contents in your hand so that it’s ready to be x-rayed separately when you reach the scanners. You’re allowed to take enough baby food and milk as your child needs for the journey but be prepared to taste it at security.
If you’re taking a pushchair on to the plane it will be checked and scanned at security so be ready to carry your child while this happens.
If you’re prepared to pay for the privilege you can make your way through airport security more quickly with fast track access. The fast track service is available at many airports and generally costs between £3 and £5 per person.
Do you have any tips to add for saving time at airport security?