Designer’s Corner: Inside the Hybri-Lite™ Collection

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Victorinox is excited to introduce the new Hybri-Lite Collection to travelers in the U.S. The collection was first introduced internationally due to the overwhelming need for ultra-lightweight luggage in these markets. But you know Victorinox. We are never willing to sacrifice quality or durability so the result – an innovative new take on lightweight luggage. Hybri-Lite has become a staple for today’s global traveler. To give you an inside look, we sat down with the designer to learn more about this unique, one-of-the-kind Hybri-Lite collection.

What was the inspiration behind the Hybri-Lite Collection?   

We were inspired by the trends in the automotive industry. In the past, vehicles were very neatly separated into groups: cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, etc. Today many models are more difficult to classify. There are “hybrids”, and I don’t mean that in terms of the engine. This made us think about what hybrid luggage would entail – luggage that could also meet multiple needs and preferences.

So what is hybrid luggage?

We focused on combining the strongest aspects from hardside and softside luggage into one case. We used a polycarbonate chassis covered in durable nylon fabric. This unique construction allows you to enjoy the best of both. With Hybri-Lite™, your items are protected with polycarbonate just like in a hardside case, but you can enjoy packing flexibility like in a softside case. No one else in the market has anything like Hybri-Lite™.

The Hybri-Lite Global Carry-On weighs only 5.45 lbs. It is the lightest Victorinox bag yet. How were you able to achieve this?

We focused on making every aspect of the case as light as possible while still maintaining our standards of durability. By combining a flexible nylon exterior with a highly resilient 100% polycarbonate frame, we were able to reduce the weight of the bag without sacrificing its durability. The polycarbonate plays a large role in this. It offers a high level of protection and ruggedness while being very lightweight.

There are many lightweight bags on the market, what makes Hybri-Lite so special?  

Most lightweight bags on the market do not have framing, the structure that protects your packed items. Hybri-Lite includes a polycarbonate frame made of the same material used to construct some of the best hardside luggage cases on the market. We also kept all of the amenities like pockets and expansion. Hybri-Lite has all the features travelers expect in a fully framed bag. Additionally, Hybri-Lite was held to the same rigorous testing standards as the rest of our Victorinox luggage. There really were no compromises with this collection.

What are other features make this collection stand out from other luggage in its class?

With Hybri-Lite, you can truly expect more from your lightweight bag. The collection features premium Hinomoto wheels. The Hinomoto brand is known for high quality casters that minimize resistance for smooth roll. In addition, Hybri-Lite features an air-craft grade aluminum dual-trolley handle system that locks into three different positions so you can choose the one that is most comfortable for you. And did I mention that this bag has more packing capacity than any bag in its class?

What type of traveler will appreciate this collection the most?

This is a great option for the global traveler whose biggest concern is weight. International airline carry-on regulations are stricter than those in the U.S. putting more pressure on people to travel light. The Hybri-Lite Global Carry-On was developed to meet this need and make traveling abroad a little easier.

Have you traveled with this bag and where did you take it?

Recently I took the Hybri-Lite 20 Global Carry-On to New York for a three-day trip. We stayed in the Meatpacking District where we did quite a bit of walking. We visited the High Line as well as local galleries and restaurants. The bag coped with the cobblestones very well. I was able to pack everything I needed for the trip in just one carry-on and still had room for the clothes I purchased there.

From your personal experience, what is your best advice when choosing luggage?

Because you asked for my personal opinion, first, choose Victorinox luggage because it is going to outlast the competition. There is a reason why the Victorinox brand has built a reputation for unsurpassed quality and reliability. Second, if you are looking for ultra-light luggage, choose Hybri-Lite. It looks good and you will not have to worry when you throw it on the scale at the airport. Depending on how you pack, of course. I can’t help you if you insist on bring six pairs of boots on a five-day trip.

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2014 Red Dot Award Winner: Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On

31318102__000_L3We are very excited to share the news that Victorinox Travel Gear has won a 2014 Red Dot Award for the Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On!  A 40-member international panel of experts tested, discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries in this year’s competition.  True to the motto “In search of excellence”, the jury selected the best achievements in product design to receive the sought-after Red Dot quality seal.

We congratulate the Victorinox Travel Gear design team who worked so hard to bring this innovative new hardside luggage design to market!

About the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On

Victorinox brings innovation to hardside luggage in the Spectra 2.0 Collection. Uniquely designed to make traveling with hardside luggage more convenient, the case is equipped with an integrated front zippered quick-access door and removable electronics panel to give you on-the-go accessibility to the things you need most while traveling – like a laptop, tablet, tickets, passport and more. This dual-access construction 31318003__000_Falso accommodates your personal packing style and your travel essentials by allowing you to pack two ways – through the front quick-access door using a traditional top down method so you can organize clothing in a neat stack, or through the main opening using the 50/50 split to separate your belongings into two compartments. Engineered to be ultra-light without sacrificing durability, these 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate cases feature a scratch-resistant matte finish, protective corner guards and two layers of premium Bayer polycarbonate which absorbs impact without breaking or cracking. The material is 28% stronger than typical ABS plastic and is also used in football helmets, police riot shields and as a component in bulletproof glass. To ensure a stable roll, the case features eight wheels and an adjustable three-stop dual-trolley handle system. The dual-caster wheels feature a reinforced inner wheel housing and metal ball bearings for a smooth roll across virtually any surface.

Click here to read more about the award in the official press release.

Innovation Opens Doors And Wins Awards

IMG_1110_2We are thrilled to announce that the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Extra-Capacity Carry-On has been selected as Best Luggage in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Design Awards! Victorinox Travel Gear Vice President of Product Strategy & Design, Dan Tarala and Travel Gear Senior Designer, Jacob Lusson accepted the award in New York during the tenth annual Travel + Leisure Design Awards gala last night. 

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A distinguished jury chose the best of the year based on the idea that “innovative design makes travel better.”  We couldn’t agree more. “It’s very exciting that Spectra™ 2.0 has received this award for best luggage design. We really wanted to design a case that is stylish and practical—something that makes travel and packing more convenient. This acknowledgement from Travel + Leisure confirms that we were able to achieve this,” said Senior Travel Gear Designer, Jacob Lusson.

 

The Spectra™ 2.0 Collection pushes hardside luggage design to new heights, offering travelers a convergence of style, protection and convenience. Specifically, the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Extra-Capacity Carry-On is equipped with an integrated front zippered quick-access door and organizational panel to give the traveler on-the-go accessibility to the things they need most while traveling like a laptop, tablet, tickets, passport and more. This dual-access construction also allows you to pack two ways – through the front quick-access door or through the main compartment opening.  Additionally, the entire collection, including this award-winning style, is designed to be ultra-light without sacrificing durability.  These 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate cases feature a stylish, scratch-resistant matte finish along with protective corner guards.  And to ensure a smooth, stable roll, eight wheels and a dual-trolley handle system round out Spectra™ 2.0 to deliver a performance-focused design at every turn.

 

To learn more about this collection and its innovative design, check out the exclusive interview with the collection’s designer and visit spectra.victorinox.com.

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Nancy Novogrod Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, American Express Publishing, Editor in Chief, Travel + Leisure presenting the award to Victorinox Travel Gear Senior Designer, Jacob Lusson. Photo: Diane Bondareff / Travel + Leisure.

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Jetsetter Series: Five Countries in Two Weeks with Forbes Travel Writer, Laurie Werner

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For this edition of the Victorinox Travel Gear Jetsetter Series, we sat down with Forbes travel writer Laurie Werner, who has visited more than 50 countries over the course of her career.  Her vast travel experience has made for some unbelievable memories and a wealth of knowledge. Read on for Laurie’s anecdotes on a recent five country trip that you won’t find anywhere else.

VTG: How many countries have you visited and can you list them all?

LW: I’ve been to 58 countries, but had to refer to a list to remember them all. The countries I’ve been to multiple times came to me pretty quickly – France, Australia, Greece, China, India, Morocco and the U.K., to name a few.

VTG: Your most recent travels brought you to eight locations – tell us where you visited.

LW: I flew through London to Budapest, got on a river cruise on the Danube for a few days to Vienna, through the Wachau Valley and Linz where I got off and transferred to Salzburg. From Salzburg, I flew to Berlin for a few days, then to London, then up to Copenhagen and back through London to New York.

VX_LaurieWerner_Blog_Image_1VTG: Your luggage must take a beating from all of that rugged travel. What style of luggage do you typically take with you for long trips like this?

LW: I kill luggage. For trips like this in which I need nice day/night clothes, clothes for the country and for the city, clothes for hot weather (Budapest and Vienna) and freezing (Copenhagen and London), I’ll take a rolling soft sided case of about 26 inches, which I’ll check and a rolling carry-on for my computer, tablet, plugs, cords, makeup, skin care and other essentials.

Victorinox Travel Tip:  Keep carry-on essentials organized and accessible with the new Spectra™ Dual-Access Global Carry-On. The front loading door features a removable panel with padded laptop and tablet pockets.  

VTG: Tell us a little more about this trip across Europe. How did your luggage hold up throughout the process?

LW: When I checked in at JFK, I made them promise that my bag would make the connection at Heathrow and end up in Budapest, which is a notoriously precarious transfer. At the time, Heathrow was on high alert and I barely made the transfer because the security checkers went through every single item in my carry-on. In the end, the bag and I were reunited at Budapest airport where I rolled it to the van (four wheels are so great) that was transporting passengers to the cruiser on the Danube. Fortunately, a crew member took over and carried it up the plank, but whoever made my reservation neglected to tell the crew on board that I was coming, so the bags and I waited in the lounge for an hour while we all contacted the company’s offices around the world to see who was awake and would confirm that I was, indeed, supposed to be on board. Ultimately, the bags and I were transported to the Royal Suite, which wasn’t all that Royal, but was at least big enough to place the open bag on the floor – and there it remained until I departed five days later.

Victorinox Travel Tip:  Travel with a clear conscience with the Swiss Tracker™ Bag Tracking Program featured in a selection of Victorinox Travel Gear items. Once the finder calls-in the ID number, Victorinox will ship your bag to you anywhere in the world, for free.

I caught a ride in the passenger tour van to Salzburg where I said goodbye to the other passengers (a jovial group of mostly Australians), stashed my bags at the Sacher Hotel, had an apple strudel and ran around the city with a guide. My bags and I then took a taxi to the tiny airport, which the group’s tour guide described as one of the most dangerous in the world (yikes!) and we flew to Berlin. My flight demonstrated the wonders of code shares. I was ticketed on Finnair but it was an Air Berlin flight that was actually operated by FlyNiki (Niki Lauda is the former racing star now immortalized in the new film “Rush”). The FlyNiki flight attendants gave us chocolate hearts as we were leaving—nice touch.

I picked up another taxi at Tegel (the tiny airport that is still functioning as Berlin’s airport as the projected new airport suffers massive construction delay). I love Tegel because your bags come right out where you deplane and it’s just a short walk to the taxis. My driver had a hard time finding my hotel (Das Stue, a new, very chic spot right next to the Berlin Zoo). I spent two days there, running around the city, trying various new restaurants and switching hotels. The next day I moved to the Adlon next to the Brandenburg Gate, which is always impressive no matter how many times you see it. I didn’t do much sightseeing because I’ve been to Berlin a lot, but as always, I enjoyed my time there.

Vx_LaurieWerner_Blog_Image_3Victorinox Travel Tip: Organizational packing essentials like the Lifestyle Accessories 3.0 Packing Cube Set and Medium Packmaster help keep your belongings in check so you can spend more time seeing the sights. 

Two days later, I flew back to Heathrow where I planned to rent a car. I couldn’t find the car rental agency because it had moved away from the lots. Since I was dragging the bags around a lot looking for it, those four wheels really helped. Ultimately, I found it and headed out to Elstree, as I was staying at the Manor by Laura Ashley, a hotel owned and recently renovated by the design company. The property is beautiful but how weird it was to be in the suburbs of London. You can even see London from the garden.

The next day I took the car back to Heathrow. Because of the various gifts I had purchased and information packs I’d picked up along the way, my bag picked up the dreaded “Heavy” tag. Other than that, it and I made it through the airport rather well.

Victorinox Travel Tip: For trips where a carry-on just won’t cut it, bring along the Werks Traveler 4.0 WT 24 Dual-Caster Expandable Upright, expanding 2.5 inches for extra packing capacity. Laurie did!

I then flew to Copenhagen where the baggage carousels list how many minutes it will be until your bags arrive. Why doesn’t every airport do that? Denmark is so organized, so friendly, so nice. My bags came out first (very rare) and I took a very expensive taxi (the only bad thing about Denmark—everything is unbelievably expensive, even to a New Yorker) to the D’Angleterre Hotel, a gorgeous 18th Century building in the center of town. I stayed in the Karen Blixen Suite (a beautiful suite, designed in African motif), but was unfortunately only there for one night.

Two days later, after eating my way around Copenhagen and experiencing the somewhat bizarre food now featured there (if I never see a veal or lamb heart again, I’ll be thrilled) I rented a car in town, hauled the bags into it and drove north about an hour to North Sealand, aka the Danish Riviera. I went to the Louisiana Art Museum (currently showing a Yoko Ono exhibit), Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle (the setting for Hamlet,) and stayed in Kokkedal Castle (a former castle being transformed into a hotel). The next day, I drove back to Copenhagen to fly home. My GPS, of course, died while en route but the Danes, being the Danes, sweetly directed me to the highway and straight to the airport.

I was officially on my way back, by way of Heathrow once again. The bag transferred too, and two weeks and five countries later, we landed safely at JFK and headed home.

Jetsetter Series: Confessions of a Heavy Packer

Photo: Kevin McGrath Studios
Photo: Kevin McGrath Studios

By Adam H. Graham

Travel media glorifies the light packer, that illusory golden boy of modern travel who packs his carry-on with nothing but a toothbrush, pair of wrinkle-free khakis, versatile shoes, and a blazer yet adapts equally at Brooklyn dinner-parties, Rajasthan weddings, and fondue stublis in Gstaad. Travel magazines tell us over and over again how to pack like this khaki-clad nether-man, usually with products that grace the pages of their ads—ultra-thin jackets and lightweight titanium alarm clocks. You know the sort.

But as a self-proclaimed heavy packer, I’ve never bought into the myth that traveling lighter is traveling better. Am I such an empty vessel that I’m expected to seamlessly meld into my new surroundings without any trace of who I was before?  Or more important, who I’ll become at my next destination? I don’t need my things to define me, but arriving empty-handed seems pretty insipid to me.

I’m a food and travel writer and in my career, I find it impossible to travel light. There are too many variables. Weather alone can be reason to pack sweaters, coats, rain-gear, an umbrella. Going hiking? Add 10 lbs of boots to your bag. If there’s a formal event, which in my case there often is, a suit and dress shoes are needed too. I don’t do versatile shoes. Because I’m a birder, I always lug around a pair of Nikon binoculars and a bird book. I’m also an avid swimmer, and never leave home without goggles, trunks, and a lightweight towel. Tech-wise I almost always travel with an iPad, iPod, MacBook Pro, and Blackberry but also bring a good old-fashioned paperback for take-offs, landings and when batteries drain.

If all that sounds materialistic and superfluous, the return load is heavier! My bags are always stuffed to the seams with endemic edibles that can’t be found at the local grocery. Bottles of homemade smoked olive oil, Raiatean vanilla beans, cherry blossom salt, Amphora-aged Malvesias, Japanese oaked whisky, Glaswegian tablet, Spruce soda from Quebec, the list goes on. These make great gifts but they usually remain in my own cupboard. The non-edible mementos are just as memorable and more likely to fall into the gift department. I do most of my Christmas shopping while abroad. I buy a foreign children’s book in its native country from every country I visit for my niece Sloane. And then there are my own personal mementos. On my desk sits a smooth black rock I found on the edge of the Black Sea during my first trip abroad in 1988 to the U.S.S.R. I was a high-school student then but still find the rock somehow inspiring. On my bookshelf is a delicate ostrich egg shell from Namibia, an oversized bell-jar from San Miguel de Allende and a netted glass buoy from Ålesund, Norway. These pieces of my trips are the relics of my life and I cherish each one. I could never have squeezed them into a carry-on.

I know traveling heavy isn’t very eco-friendly. But I’m really not much of a consumer in my non-travel life. I don’t own a car, I don’t own gold or other precious metals, nor do I have kids or pets. I recycle, reduce and reuse. So I figure my carbon footprint balances out here.

To many, traveling heavy is a drag. Literally. To me, traveling light sucks the drama out of the journey. So I say, let the pilots and crew wear the khakis. I vote for souvenirs.

Victorinox Travel Tip: Are you a heavy packer like Adam? Find the right bag to stuff the essentials and the extras. If you prefer structure, try the new Spectra32 Extra-Large Travel Case, Avolve 30 Expandable Wheeled Upright or the Werks Traveler 4.0 WT 30 Dual-Caster Expandable Upright. The 360 degree maneuverability of these styles takes the “lug” out of luggage.

Duffel lovers will appreciate the seemingly endless capacity of the Werks Traveler 4.0 WT Wheeled Large Capacity Duffel  and CH-97 2.0 Explorer Maximum Capacity Duffel.

As small items can be lost within large cases, use packing essentials such as the Lifestyle Accessories 3.0 Packing Cube Set to organize outfits and the Lifestyle Accessories 3.0 Slimline Toiletry Kit for overnight necessities.

Jetsetter Series: Get Tips From Renowned Travel Writer Ann Abel, As Featured In ForbesLife, Departures, AFAR And More!

 

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The Jetsetter Series explores travel tips and tales from the industry’s most seasoned travelers. For this edition, we were lucky enough to speak with freelance travel writer Ann Abel. As a contributor to ForbesLife, Departures, AFAR and many other notable travel publications, Ann has amassed quite an unbelievable travel résumé, and she decided to share some of her top travel tips with us – from what to do on safari, to what’s “worth the splurge.” Here’s what she had to say…

Abel_Africa6VTG: Thanks for joining us, Ann. Everyone in the office is so envious – you have our dream job! What is your favorite part of being a constant traveler?

AA: Getting to meet all sorts of interesting people, from general managers of luxury hotels, to high-end jewelry designers, to surf instructors and trekking guides. I have met people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As a journalist, I’m able to ask them questions that would probably be considered impertinent in another context.

VTG: How much time do you spend traveling – both personally/professionally?  

AA: Two-thirds to three-quarters of the year.

VTG: Wow! When traveling professionally, do you ever have downtime to explore?

AA:  I try to build in some time, whether it’s a couple hours one afternoon or a day or two after my work obligations are done. I’ll also stay up late for an authentic travel experience if that’s my best chance at having one. One of my best recent travel memories was leaving an official dinner in Madrid at 10:30 p.m. to have a second dinner with a Madrileño friend who took me on a crawl through tapas bars. Another time, I headed out at midnight to a dive bar in Seoul for kimchee pancakes and makgeoli with some friends of friends of friends.

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AA:  It’s hard to pick just one. Last year, after years of dodgy “Discover SCUBA” dives, I finally finished my Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification course and was officially certified aboard a luxury yacht/dive boat in the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia, which is widely considered one of the premier dive destinations in the world. I finished the last of my open-water dives for my test on a day when we also had five-meter-wingspan manta rays swimming overhead, and I was presented with my certification on the night of traditional Balinese feasting and dancing. It was magical.

VTG: With the number trips you take and range of locations you cover, you must be an expert at packing for a last-minute trip. What are your top last-minute packing tips?

AA: Don’t stress. If you forget something, you can probably buy it where you’re going. Shopping for something like socks in a tourist town gets you off the beaten path and leads to interesting interactions with the locals.

VTG: Obvious items such as socks are always the first forgotten. What are your absolute musthaves when traveling?

AA: A scarf or pashmina for cold airplanes (and as an adult version of a security blanket for stressful travel days); my MacBook Air, which weighs nearly nothing; heavy-duty skin care products to counter the effects of flying; and Ziploc bags for dirty shoes or wet bathing suits. My packing list is the same for long or short trips; I just repeat outfits on longer trips. And if it’s cold, I might wear all my clothes at once.

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VTG: How would you describe your personal travel style?

AA: Laid-back and open-minded. I don’t stress about forgetting items or not showing up in the perfect outfit. Always traveling with a carry-on is a minor point of pride. My clothes are bohemian but respectful—always covered shoulders and knees, or more in places where that’s expected—and largely acquired abroad. My mind-set is willing. My answer to almost any travel-related question is yes.

VTG travel tip: As a reminder of regional etiquette, print out a few basic tips before you leave and store them in the Lifestyle Accessories 3.0 Travel Organizer for easy access when you’re abroad.

VTG: When it comes to luggage, we know you’re a fan of the Victorinox Spectra Collection – do you typically stick with hard side luggage?

AA: Actually, no. I’ve had squishy carry-ons for the past decade or so, but sometimes things break inside them, and I’ve started to feel envious of the people who roll their hardside cases through the airport—it seems like a more glamorous, more chic way to pack. The next time I walk into the George V in Paris, I want to have a glossy hard case!

VTG travel tip: Get the sleek look Ann covets with the iconic and durable Spectra Collection. Abel_Africa5

VTG: You always know what’s “worth the splurge” – what’s worth the splurge for a typical traveler?

AA:  That really depends on your priorities. I once took a vacation where I spent an absurd amount of money on lunch at a prestigious restaurant after flying economy on frequent flier miles and renting a cheap apartment through Airbnb.com. That lunch was worth it to me, but someone else might want to stay at the best hotel in town, take a day trip with the best local guide, book a fabulous massage or rent a top-of-the-line bike. But while worthy splurges are up to the individual, the idea of value is consistent. There are things that are expensive for the sake of being expensive, and there are things whose high prices reflect the cost of raw materials and the painstaking labor that goes into creating them. It’s the latter that I want to write about.

VTG: You’re the epitome of “global traveler” – how do you pick your vacation destinations since work brings you to so many exotic locations?

AA: It can be a fine line between work and vacation for me—I try to say “I’m writing about it” instead of “I’m going for work.” When I’m writing about a place, I gravitate toward somewhere I can challenge myself and get messy during the day, but then come back to a hot shower, good food and wine, and a comfortable bed—New Zealand’s luxury “super lodges” are a perfect example. But when I really want to get off the clock, I visit friends in far-off cities or go way off the grid where none of the usual hotel-evaluation criteria apply. Two recent proper vacations were hut-to-hut hiking along the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire, and a backcountry horse-pack trip in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains.

Abel_Africa7VTG: You have been to some unbelievable locales. Where was your last trip?

AA: I’m actually in Kenya right now, at the tail end of a safari trip in the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Safari will never get old.

VTG: What are your safari musts?  

AA: Take a balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, or course! Force yourself to wake up at 5:30 a.m. for the early morning game drives; it’s really the best time to see wildlife.

VTG: Where are you off to next?

AA:  Roatan Island in Honduras, to check out a new resort and dive.

VTG: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with us today. We’re so inspired – off to plan our next trip!

Spectra Featured in Luxury Activist

The Spectra Travel Gear Collection was featured in an article titled “Traveling With Style” on the Luxury Activist blog!

Writer José Amorim has spent the last 14 years developing long-term marketing strategies for luxury brands and, after traveling with Spectra luggage says “you definitely need to check (out) this collection.”

Click here to read his article and learn more about the Spectra Collection from Victorinox.

Our Top 10 Tips for Getting Through U.S. Airport Security Faster!

Tired of long-security lines and lengthy screening processes when you fly? Airport security can be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming parts of any trip, but follow these 10 simple tips to make you security check-in a little easier!

  1. Have your boarding pass and ID ready.
    You’ll have to present these at the front of the line before going through security. It’s good to have them easily accessible the entire time you’re in the airport. A travel organizer or  boarding pouch can help you keep your boarding pass and ID secure and readily available.
  2. Wear shoes that are easy to remove
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires passengers to remove their shoes before going through security. Wear slip-on shoes or sandals to make this process quick and easy. However, passengers under 12 and over 75 are allowed to keep their shoes on in most airports.
  3. Remove jewelry and belts, as well as loose change from pockets
    It’s best to keep accessories to a minimum when you’re heading through security. You will be asked to place all jewelry, change, belts and other metal accessories in a bin to pass through security. Although most piercings won’t set off metal detectors, check the TSA website to see a full list of the metals that will set off detectors and plan accordingly.
  4. Follow the 3-1-1 rule
    The 3-1-1 rule says  that all liquids and gels must be placed in a 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle or less (by volume). Those bottles must then be placed in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. The TSA only allows 1 bag per passenger, which must be placed in screening bin. To quickly get through security, have this bag easily accessible and ready to place in the bin as you go through the line.
  5.  Do not wrap gifts
    Gifts may have to be unwrapped and opened during a security screening, so it’s better to either ship your gifts to your destination ahead of time or wait and wrap them upon arrival.
  6. Collapse baby carriers and strollers before going through security
    All strollers and baby carriers have to go through x-ray machines. This can be rather time consuming, so have them ready to go when you get to the front of the line.
  7. Prepare your laptop for x-ray screening
    Most of the time you have to remove your laptop from your bag, place it in a separate bin, and run it through the x-ray machine by itself. The alternative is getting a  checkpoint-friendly bag that allows you to keep your laptop safe in your bag during U.S. airport security screenings.
  8. Leave iPads, eReaders and tablets in your bag
    Most airports allow you to leave iPads, eReaders and other tablets in your bag when it goes through the screening process.
  9.  Be careful what you say
    The TSA has taken a zero-tolerance policy regarding any statements that could be considered a threat to security. So make sure that any jokes or statements are in good judgment and good taste. Getting detained for questioning can cause you to be delayed and miss your flight or worse!
  10. When in doubt, Ask!
    TSA officials know that the rules and regulations can be a bit confusing, especially for the casual travelers. TSA agents are usually readily available at security checkpoints and are more than happy to answer any questions that you have.