Those who travel frequently know what a pain the airport security rules and procedures can be and when it comes to air travel and clothing, we all different opinions. There are some travelers who are dressed in business suits, others in jeans, and some who wear something as comfortable as possible like pajamas or sweatpants. With the regular increases in airport security and the constant change in air travel rules, there leaves room to wonder if the clothing they wear to the airport matters in getting you to your destination quickly and comfortably.
Regardless of whether or not you will be taking a long flight, you will want to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than wearing an itchy sweater or tight pair of pants up in the already cramped quarters of the plane. Unless you bring a change of clothes with you and place them in your carry-on bag, you are pretty much out of luck. That is why it is important that you think of what you will be wearing before you leave for the airport. Even if you are traveling for business, you should be able to change into your business clothes as soon as you arrive at your destination, even in the airport bathrooms.
Many air travelers make the decision to wear sweatpants and a comfortable top, and slip on shoes.
When it comes to comfort, many air travelers make the decision to wear sweatpants and a comfortable top, and slip on shoes. In addition to being comfortable, you will find, in most cases, that this is the best attire for airport security, especially when entering airport screening checkpoints. This is because most sweatpants are not made with any metal items and you have to take your shoes off, sometimes more than once. Essentially, this means that you should be able to enter the security checkpoint and leave it quicker than the travelers who are decked out in accessories and strappy shoes.
When it comes to clothing accessories, you will find that a number of different items set off airport metal detectors. That is why most airport security officers request that you remove all of your jewelry. Once your jewelry is removed, you will need to place it in a small bin, which will be scanned right along with your carryon luggage. Whether you have rings or a necklace, you are advised to remove them, if you can. For your convenience, you can leave your earrings on. If by chance, you earrings set the metal detectors off, you will likely be pulled a side and airport security should easily be able to tell whether or not your earrings were what set off the alarms without too much hassle, but it does cause a delay.
In addition to jewelry, you will find that your belt may set off an airport metal detector. For that reason, some airports request that you remove your belts before entering the metal detectors. If you’re trying to get through the security line quicker, it is advised that you keep it to a minimum with jewelry and wear well fitting pants that won’t require a belt.
Traveling can come with a lot of rules and one of those rules requires that all passengers remove their shoes. Your shoes will be scanned by an x-ray machine, right along with the rest of your carry-on luggage. Avoid wearing shoes that have small, complicated buckles or requires a lot of lacing. If you’re facing a lot of layovers or traveling to multiple locations, consider wearing comfortable slip on shoes or sandals.
Another air travel rule is the ban of liquids. This means that you can no longer allowed to bring a drink even into the boarding area, even bottle water. There is refreshments available on the way to your gate but the markup is pretty substantial. This rule also applies to beauty supplies in your carry-on luggage. In most airports, anything over 8 oz. must be put into your checked baggage or thrown out. Zero exceptions. One concern, made by many women is the allowance of gel or water filled bras. Currently, you are allowed to wear these types of bras on-board an airplane. Honestly, unless you mention it to airport security, there is a good chance that they would never even know.
Since there are really no rules or restrictions on the clothing that you can wear while flying the great skies, you need to choose for yourself. Whether you want to be fashionable or comfortable, it is all up to you, but keep in mind how much of a hassle parts of it could be while you’re traveling.