When you book your flight, you probably think about what time to arrive at the airport so you have stress free travel and not have to worry about going through airport security. But what if the security lines are long? What if my taxi is late? What if I miss my flight!? We all know it can take a long time to get through the airport security which is not ideal when you have a very important flight to catch for a holiday or a business trip. Nobody likes running from the airport security check straight to their plane, so we’ve got some tried and tested tips to help you get through the airport quickly and help you make your travel stress free.

Arrive Early

It might seem obvious but don’t arrive at the airport an hour before your flight, those days of going through airport security quickly has gone. We recommend arriving at the airport three hours before you fly; surely it’s better to be sat at the terminal for a while than worrying about missing your flight back at the airport security check. You’ll never worry about missing your flight again!

Fast Track

Some airports offer a fast track service for a small fee, just like a rollercoaster but without the adrenaline rush. Purchasing one will enable you to skip the regular queues which can help speed up the procedure for going through airport security. At Manchester Airport, there is a dedicated lane for fast track so you can get through quickly.

Be prepared

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to empty all the non-restricted liquids (in containers of 100ml or less) out of your hand luggage into a bag. It slows yourself and everyone behind you down. We know it’s going to happen so why not start the procedure when packing. Put all the non-restricted liquids in a small resalable plastic bag. When at the airport, before going through airport security, remove change from your pockets and pull our any electronic devices before approaching the screening point – you’ll be a lot more organised and have more time after going through security to sort yourself out because you’ll have plenty of time before your flight!

It’s also a good idea to pay attention to what you wear to the airport, if you can help it. A top tip is wear easy slip on shoes so you can take them straight off and back on and avoid wearing hats or jackets. It’ll be an easy process going through airport security.

Where’s your gate?

Congratulations, you’ve made it through the airport security check. Once you get onto the other side, before you do anything do a quick scan to see where your gate is so you know where to head when your boarding time comes; more time to put your feet up and relax or enjoy duty-free shopping! Check out our top tips for duty free shopping. However don’t stray too far, you don’t want to have to run across the airport to your terminal.

So now you know what to expect when going through airport security and how to make your travels stress free. With all these tips, you’ll definitely get through customs faster and you won’t have to worry about missing your flight. For more tips, click here!