Proper Airport Security Etiquette

Sometimes checking into your flight can be more frustrating than a blind date. But before you fly the unfriendly skies, check out these 3 easy do’s and don’ts for getting through airline security.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #176

Modern Manners Guy Richie Frieman on How to Navigate Airport Security

The other week I wrote about proper airplane etiquette and was happy to see through emails and Facebook postings that my personal issues are shared by many.

Although I could have included the etiquette rules of the security check-in line in that article, I felt it deserved its own separate treatment.  

Proper Airport Security Etiquette

I will openly admit that my initial reason for doing this topic was to shout my grievances to the world about how much I dislike the security line at airports. However, I need to keep a more neutral stance and concede that there are always two sides to every argument. I mean, after all, maybe I’m wrong that the line should move faster? Maybe we should get full body searches as if we’re all smuggling illegal substances? And maybe that elderly couple who can hardly walk, let alone assault someone, is a danger to society? Who knows, right?

Thankfully, when it comes to proper airport security etiquette, we can all be a part of the solution.

With that, have your ID and flight information ready, take out all items from your pockets, remove your shoes, socks, sweatshirts, the titanium in your hip from your surgery, your laptop, iPhone and your soul and enjoy my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper airport security etiquette:

Tip #1 – Arrive Early

As I write this, I’m planning my trip to Chicago next week. As much as I love Chicago, I am dreading the security line at the airport in Baltimore. I have to say that of all the airports I’ve ever traveled through, Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is the worst. I know that’s not very mannerly to say but it helps to prove my first point – always show up early.