¨I flew this past weekend. I was through airport security and said to the guy: ´Is everything OK?´. He said: ´You might want to have that mole on your ass checked out.´ That seemed a little personal to me.¨
Unfortunately, there is no consistency in what security personnel require you to take off to pass through security. Sometimes, security personnel will tell you what you need to put into the plastic bin for inspection.
If they don’t, I take off everything that could cause a problem before going through security. (Particularly if I must go through the body scanner).
I regularly take out: (1) everything from my pockets; (2) my watch and belt; and (3) my electronic devices (laptop/cell phone/computer/Kindle) for separate inspection.
- Take off my shoes for all flights in/to the US. (Often, you are not required to take off your shoes on trips when flying within or between other countries than the US).
- Put all my toiletries in my checked luggage.
- Try to put change and keys, as often as possible, in my checked luggage.
While this is beyond what is necessary, I don’t like going through secondary inspection and, thus, try to avoid it as often as possible. (You can, for example, take liquids as long as they are less than 3 ounces in size). As a result, I only go through secondary inspection every 20th time or so. More often than not, I go through secondary inspection because I was picked out to go through the check randomly.
That said, you have no choice if they decide to pull you over for secondary inspection. If you question these officials in any way, they will try to search you while you are expressing your dissatisfaction.