Things to avoid wearing to the airport, and why

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 28, 2019

Now is the time of year many people plan Spring vacations, and for most that means booking an airline flight.

Winter weather, Washington, D.C. gridlock: who wouldn't want to jump on a plane for a blissful island?

But Airfare Watchdog says, watch what you wear if you don't want to slow down that TSA lane, or worse, get pulled aside and searched.

Airfare Watchdog says try to avoid:

  • Lace-up boots: Tough to get off and back on quickly.
  • Sandals: Unsanitary, and unless you are a model, looking at someone's hairy toes is unpleasant.
  • Metallic shirts: The bling will set off alarms, and unless you have another shirt under it, removing it could be a problem. Leave it home for your next night at the clubs.
  • Big metallic jewelry: Another way to trigger that metal detector is with a huge metal necklace. Pack it in your luggage.
  • Loose fitting hoodies: It might work for Eminem, but average folk will look suspicious, and are inviting a pat down.
  • Shirts with hateful or controversial logos on them: Just get in the strip search line. You look like trouble.

Caution about too many layers

And from the "doesn't that stink" file, wearing lots of layers and a scarf to the airport during the winter months.

If the agents think you might be hiding something, you'll get to take it all off, and you'll probably say "doesn't that stink?"

One jacket should be enough, and that way you'll zip through security.

So dress light, and keep the oversized and metallic accessories in your carry-on bag, so you get on that plane safely and you don't waste your money.


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