VIA AOLWith 24 million people expected to clog the airports during the Thanksgiving holiday period and the chance a protest banning body scanners will take off, travelers are looking for time saving tips when it comes to airport security. Now more than ever is the time to ask yourself “what should I wear?” Follow the easy wardrobe tips below to ensure you have a hassle free trip over the holidays.
What Not to Wear
The TSA may not have a stylebook, but by following the list below, you should breeze through airport security in no time.
Tough to Remove Shoes: Forgo wearing any shoes that take a long time to unbuckle or unlace. Those work boots may be practical and those strappy sandals may look perfect with your outfit, but you’ll only get annoyed looks when you slow down the security line, fumbling to get them off. Slip-on shoes make for a speedy walk through — and don’t forget to sport clean socks, lest you be forced to brave the security line barefoot.
Clothes With Metal Studs or Buttons: It may seem like a no-brainer, but it seems like there is always someone who arrives at the airport with a button-down shirt featuring metal fasteners. Unless you want everyone in line to see your undershirt (or you are looking to be singled out for additional screening) choose a different top.
Metal Jewelry: Metal rings, necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks, watches and pins can all set off the walk-through metal detector. If you can’t leave home without them, just stick them in your carry-on or checked bag before reaching the conveyor belt and then re-adorn yourself later.
Belts & Belt Buckles: Metal prongs, eyelets and buckles on belts will also need to be removed — meaning if you can’t quickly take your belt off, it might be time to get some pants that actually fit.
Under-wire Bras: That little wire in some bra cups might have enough metal to set off the security buzzer. To avoid having to go through an embarrassing wand-down or pat-down on the other side of the walk-through metal detector, the TSA advises ladies to choose another style of brassiere for the day.
Loose-fitting Clothing: TSA officers don’t know what you might be hiding underneath those bulky sweaters and baggy jeans. Although loose-fitting clothes are allowed, you may be picked out for additional screening.
Gel Shoe Inserts: Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, so save yourself the hassle and put your inserts in your checked baggage — that’s right, inserts are not even allowed in your carry-on. Shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed but like all other shoes, must be removed and screened.
Coats and Jackets: All coats and jackets have to go through the X-ray machine, so be prepared to remove your layers. To save time, take off your jacket while waiting for your boarding pass at the ticket counter or as you are walking to the security checkpoint. This way, you won’t be rubbing elbows with anyone in line as you take off your coat.
Slacks Instead of Skirts: The TSA does not mandate all travelers wear slacks instead of skirts, but most people prefer to travel this way. Loose fitting or long skirts might make you a target for extra screening, and new pat-down rules allow screeners to check under your skirts.