When the Checkpoint Turns into a Choke-point

Checkpoint. It is a word that occasionally brings the chill down to your bones. It is that one aspect that makes packing difficult for you because it means opening your luggage temporarily to strangers just to prove to them that you are not a flight risk.

You are not a flight risk. And you can prove that to them. But not because any inconvenience is anticipated, you will not find a way to make that part of your brief travel time convenient for you. The ways are easy. So easy that it can easily be not taken seriously until it’s your turn to be inspected by the TSA.

How to lessen the possibility of getting stuck longer at a chokepoint?

Arriving early.

Sometimes arriving at least an hour before takeoff is not worth it. Delays occur. But the same analogy cannot be applied on the queue for inspection. They would be taking a look at you and your suitcase to see if you haven’t carried anything harmful to the plane.

Two hours before takeoff would be highly recommended. Having your breakfast, lunch or dinner on some fast food joints found at the check-in area would help you kill time while waiting for the call to hop aboard the plane.

Organizing your suitcase.

In case you have not realized yet, certain suitcases have belts and buckles to anticipate the part where it will be pried open for the TSA to check. There is an x-ray machine for the luggage. But opening bags for the airport security to inspect has become standard operating procedure since planes have become the “convenient” option to travel.

Clothes in the luggage are compartmentalized, thanks to the aforementioned belts and buckles. Zippers on one side still show a fishnet-like cover for the thinner parts of the luggage for everyone to see. That is if you don’t have a separate briefcase for your business trip documents to bring.

If all you have is a carry-on bag with all your essentials in, the only thing you have to worry about is the x-ray machine and the inspection that follows physically. You need to property identify yourself. This brings us to …

Get ID’d.

You need to identify yourself through ID cards stored in your purse or wallet. This would be easier to do if the trip you’re getting into is a business trip. So apart from your passport, proper identification that matches information stated in your passport will make the checkpoint situation faster for you.

National security is everybody’s concern. That means finding a way to keep yourself secure, proving yourself before the TSA and not making everyone else on queue to wait longer for their turn with the TSA personnel present. Keep your valuables secure the way you packed them in your luggage and the next thing you have to worry about is following the travel itinerary upon getting to your destination.

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