Air travel rules have become more stringent over time and this is mostly felt at airport security checkpoints.

There are currently three checkpoints travelers have to go through when flying. The first checkpoint takes place when you register for your flight and pick your seat. At this stage, before you are presented with your boarding pass, you have to present a valid ID (e.g. driver’s license or government-issued ID) along with your ticket and the luggage you would like checked-in. All pieces of luggage are hand checked for prohibited items. These are usually quick run-throughs. Random extensive searches are sometimes implemented. These searches include checking all compartments of bags and wiping cloth on surfaces of your items to check for prohibited substances. These extensive searches rarely happen and are nevertheless still part of standard procedure required by aviation authorities. When you happen to be on the receiving end of these searches, remember to keep your cool.

After you get your boarding passes, you must then proceed to the main security checkpoint. Here you will be asked to walk through a metal detector, sans footwear. Your footwear will have to go through an x-ray machine along with your carry-on luggage (if you have any). Everyone has to go through this security check except those who are physically unable to do so. Some ordinary items might be prohibited on board. If you happen to be carrying any, you will have the option of returning it to your car, mailing it to your home, turning it over to airport security, or simply discarding it.

Your last checkpoint will be upon boarding the plane. You will have to show your boarding passes during this time. Occasionally you may be asked to show an ID, but once it is not usually required.

These security checks are standard operating procedures; everyone currently has to abide by these. Make sure to keep your calm during the checkpoints so you will avoid embarrassing confrontations with authorities. Security is always on the lookout for suspicious-looking individuals or those who draw attention to themselves and you don’t want to give officials any reason to be wary.

It is also wise to update yourself on items prohibited aboard an aircraft or even those exclusively banned from carry-ons. Doing so will help you avoid delays or missing your flight altogether. Your flight should be hassle-free if you keep all of these pointers in mind.

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