6 Things You Should Never Wear to the Airport

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Vacation season is here, and with it comes the question: What to pack? But before you start stuffing your suitcase, let’s not forget those all-important airport outfits. Of course you want to be cute and comfy, but it’’ also worth thinking about what can save you time—and thus some nerves—at TSA. 

So here are six no-gos for your airport outfit to have the easiest journey. Safe travels!

1. Oversized fashion

Sure, maxiskirts and dresses, hoodies, and loose jackets and/or pants are comfortable, especially for long-haul flights. However, they can lead to longer checks by security because they make it easier to hide stuff. Oversized sweatshirts or jackets usually need to be taken off before you go through a scanner, which can take up valuable time if you’re in a hurry to get to your gate.

Try: Either stow your big sweater in your carry-on luggage and take it out on the plane, or wear sweatshirts, tops, and pants with an elastic waistband or high-stretch content that’s comfortable but relatively close-fitting.

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2. Shoes with metal details, thick soles, and laces

At most airports, security is strict about shoes—especially styles with chunky soles that could theoretically hide items or high-top sneakers that cover the ankle. Metal details such as studs or buckles also often set off the alarm. You’ll often be asked to take these shoes off, which can be extremely annoying and time-consuming, especially if they’re lace-ups.

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