JOAN SCALES

Travel ad­vice on... fast- track­ing through air­port se­cu­rity

The Irish Times Magazine - - TRAVEL -

As hol­i­day crowds stream through air­ports, and tighter pass­port con­trols for Schen­gen coun­tries mean longer queues, here are some ideas on how to speed up go­ing through se­cu­rity.

At Dublin Air­port, you can pay for Fast Track and you will be through se­cu­rity in 10 min­utes or less. It costs from ¤ 5.99 to ¤ 7.99 ( de­pend­ing on date and time of travel) and in­cludes 10 per cent dis­count on shop­ping in the Loop, and SMS up­dates on your flight.

Re­duce stress – and cost – by book­ing your car park­ing in ad­vance, es­pe­cially as the carparks are very busy at this time of year. See dubli­nair­port. com. Re­mem­ber to write down your space num­ber.

Ar­rive in plenty of time at the air­port ( two hours for Europe and long haul, three hours for US to al­low for pre­clear­ance) with your board­ing card, or check in at the self- serve units. When go­ing through se­cu­rity you must take out lap­tops and other elec­tronic de­vices. Be­fore com­ing to the air­port do a fi­nal check through your bags for pro­hib­ited items, which in­clude penknives, metal nail files and scis­sors. Do not wear metal­lic clothes or large jew­ellery items, and put your watch or Fit­bit into a hand­bag.

Make sure you do not have more than 10 x 100ml of liq­uids in one plas­tic bag. Jam is con­sid­ered a liq­uid and so too are tooth­paste and mas­cara. Check what chil­dren have in their back­packs.

Wear slip- on or easy- to- open shoes when trav­el­ling – boots are dif­fi­cult to take off – and re­mem­ber belts have to go through the scan­ner. Put coins, keys, small items in your hand bag­gage or coat pocket. For­get the bot­tled water – you can buy a bot­tle of plane water for ¤ 1 air­side. If you need as­sis­tance for board­ing your flight, book it well in ad­vance with your air­line.

js­cales@ irish­times. com

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