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As we quickly approach the busiest traveling time of the year, there’s one thing that millions of travelers must be mindful of — and that’s how to be efficient when it comes to airport security. If you want to avoid holding up your fellow travelers this holiday season, here are ways to make getting through airport security a breeze.

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Check into your flight the night before 

All airlines send a courtesy email, call or text (depending on your preference) travelers to give them the opportunity to check-in 24 hours before the flight departs. Unless you have to check luggage that is larger than carry-on size, this probably the biggest hack that could save dozens, if not hundreds, of travelers time when they first arrive at the airport.

Have boarding passes and form of identification out and ready

Your smartphones are fascinating devices that can be used for more than just sending a tweet or taking a selfie. On the iPhone within Apple Wallet, you can upload and save your boarding pass once you’ve downloaded it from your email confirmation. For those with Android devices, Google Pay offers a similar app called WalletPasses where you can store your boarding passes too. So save a tree and go paperless with your mobile boarding pass.

Remove your shoes, coats, jackets, and other accessories 

Nothing is worse than having to unswaddle yourself to walk through the body scanner. Before you leave home, take a look at the forecast and make a sound decision to dress a little lighter than usual. Depending on where you will be traveling, you may discover you won’t need a large down coat. But if you do, keep your fellow travelers in mind and remove said accessories before it’s your turn in line.

Make laptops, big electronics easily accessible

Next to the removal of clothing, this is probably the most annoying for a lot of travelers. Thankfully, there is no shortage of options when it comes to laptop bags.

Be patient with first-time travelers, but offer help when you can

There will always be novice travelers or those traveling with their hands full who might a little bit of assistance. If you’re traveling by yourself, don’t hesitate to grab an extra bin for the traveler in front or behind you. We’re all looking to get to our destinations in a timely fashion, and teamwork will always help move things along.

Face forward and keep an eye open for the shorter lines

It’s easy to get caught up in talking with a friend or scrolling aimlessly on your smartphone. But the more vigilant you are of your surroundings, the quicker the line will move forward.

Fly at odd times

There’s nothing worse than walking into an airport to find it’s completely packed. If you can, try to avoid booking flights during times you know will be busy, like right before a major holiday. In addition to planning around holiday travel, you’ll be wise to avoid peak times like between 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday and Sunday evenings.

By Damilola Faustino

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