Just about everyone agrees---while necessary for everyone's safety, the experience of dealing with airport security lines can be a hassle.
Here's what to know before you go, along with a few tips to help you get through the line faster:
1. Pack an organized carry-on bag using layers.
This helpful tip comes straight from the Transportation Security Administration. In your carry on, pack a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes, and then any heavier items. This will help transportation security officers see what's in your bag when it goes through the X-ray machine. Innocent items can actually appear to be potential threats in an X-ray machine, simply by the way they were packed.
2. Do not pack over-sized electronics in your checked baggage, whenever possible.
Over-sized electronics are laptops, full-size video game consoles, DVD players and video cameras that use cassettes. If you decide to carry any of these items on the plane, airport security will require you to remove these items from your carry-on bag and submit them separately for X-ray screening. Small electronics, such as iPods can remain in your carry-on bags.
3. Do not wrap gifts.
If a security officers needs to inspect a package, they may have to unwrap your gift. It is better to wait until you reach your final destination before wrapping items.
4. Pack all of your coats and jackets in your checked baggage, whenever possible.
Wear socks and shoes that are easy to take off and put back on.
5. Prepare your quart-sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag of liquids before arriving at the airport.
Containers that can hold 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less of liquid or gel are permitted. One bag per passenger is the limit. If you are carrying larger amounts of liquids, such as medications, baby food, milk and formula, are allowed in reasonable quantities, but you must declare them first.
6. There are certain foods and gifts you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead or leave at home.
These items include creamy dips and spreads, sauces, maple syrup, jams, alcoholic beverages, snowglobes and perfumes, among others. For a more complete list, click here.