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What to Wear to the Airport

Updated on July 29, 2013

Airport Security

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Airport Security - Getting Through

Getting through security at the airports these days can be time consuming and sometimes eventful if you are not approved for TSA Pre Screening.

There are many rules and regulations that you will need to follow in order to get through security. To make it as easy as possible it is important to dress in a way that will make it easy to make it through the lines smoothly and quickly

Shoes Off!


Shoes & Socks

Unless you are under 12 or over 75 you will have to remove your shoes.

Wear a pair of slip on shoes with a light pair of socks.

I like to wear my TOMS with a thing pair of socks in order to quickly take my shoes off and still protect my feet from germs and dirt.

You will be required to walk through the security check point without shoes on.

Also it is important to wear comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in, since you will be walking far distances at most airports.

No Belt Please

Belts typically have a metal buckle and will cause the lovely metal detectors to beep.

Wear a pair of pants or outfit that does not require a belt to keep them up. This will help you move through security at a faster pace.

I personally like to wear something semi professional looking that is mostly cotton and comfortable. This allows me to look like a business traveler but at the same time keeps me comfortable and metal free.

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Empty Pockets

Every time I travel for work the security people are consistently reminding people to empty their pockets and every time I see someone go through with an entire pocket full of items.

Please remember to empty everything from your pockets before you go through the machines, not only will this save you time but it will also save the people behind you time as they have to wait for you to be screened further after you set off the machine.


I know woman like to look cute, instead of a big chunky necklace opt for a comfy scarf. I have never had a problem with my wedding rings, earring that are studs or a thin necklace. These are my standard jewelry that I wear. I would not suggest wearing lost of bangles or a big necklace. You may be required to take all of these things off before

Extra Layers

Try not to dress in additional layers as you go through the security check points.

In winter months as soon as I enter the airport I fold my winter jacket up and place it inside of my carry on or checked luggage. Any outerwear will have to be removed before you go through screening.

Also any overly large sweaters or extra layers may be required to be removed or gone into a more in depth search

Skirts or No Skirts?

Did you know that TSA guidelines allow for search under skirts?

Personally I don't want anyone putting their hands up my skirt. I prefer to wear leggings, pants, or shorts to the airport to keep my bare inner thighs to myself.


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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is good advice. Since I don't travel often by airplane, I tend to forget what things are required. It's good to have a reminder.

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      kthix10 4 years ago from IL

      Thanks - I have been traveling a great deal for work and have a tendency to cut my flights close - so quick is the key

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      You are so right about the slip on shoes and thin socks. I didn't know about the skirt thing (not that I wear skirts any longer). Great article!

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Very good tips on what to wear when traveling by air. Anything that makes it easier to get through airport security is a thumbs up for me. No belts or extra jewelry, plus I wear slip on shoes and slacks or jeans. Voted up.