Hopping on a plane for the first time? Insider tips to help you fly through summer

(NC) Whether it’s your first time travelling by air, or you haven’t been to the airport in a long time, here’s what you need to know to help make the security screening process smoother.

When you need to arrive
Many people don’t consider the time it may take to get checked in, get through security, and find their gate when flying domestically or abroad. All passengers should arrive at the departure airport well in advance of the flight – that’s two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours for U.S. and international flights.

How to prepare for security screenings
If you plan to bring carry-on items that you can pour, spray, or spread, be sure they are limited to no more than 100 millilitres per container. These items are referred to as liquids, aerosols and gels, also known as LAGs. They include things like sunscreen, shampoo, mascara, peanut butter and hair pomade.

What to do when you get to security

  • Have your LAGs in a clear, 1-litre resealable bag and be ready to take this bag out of your carry-on so the screening officers can inspect it.
  • Place coins, keys, watches, large jewelry and small metal items in your carry-on.
  • Unpack your laptop computer and place it in a bin with nothing on top. Put something in the bin beside it to help you identify it as yours after it’s screened.
  • Finally, remove outerwear, including hats, belts and shoes, and place them in a bin. The fewer accessories you are wearing when going through security screening, the better.

Being prepared, arriving early and taking steps to get through security smoothly will help you fly through summer.

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