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Airport security question? 
4th-Aug-2010 11:55 pm
Hey all!

I'll be travelling out of the state on an airplane for the first time ever to go see Dir en grey XD

So, having never even set foot at an airport, I have some questions and concerns about the airport security D:

I have two facial piercings, will they set off the metal detector and get me in trouble? Or will they make me take them off beforehand and give them back to me? Will I get delayed and possibly miss my flight?

Also, I always wear a wallet chain. Same questions basically, but someone told me they probably won't allow it on the plane at all, except maybe if it were in luggage that wasn't carry-on. The thing is, I'm only gonna stay for the night, flying back the next morning, so I'm not taking much at all. Probably just a small carry-on. And being without my wallet chain makes me feel uneasy, like my wallet would get totally stolen if it weren't attatched to my pants via a chain XD;;

Thanks in advance! Any other helpful info for a first-time flyer would be appreciated! :D
5th-Aug-2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Don't worry! When you go through security you put all your stuff in plastic boxes, just make sure you put your wallet chain in there too, they've never complained about mine. Your piercings are fine, if the metaldetector goes off then you'll just be pulled to the side and they'll check you really quickly to make sure you're not hiding a weapon or something. Takes like 20 seconds. :)
5th-Aug-2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
God, for a minute there I thought you were going from America to Japan for just one night. Then I re-read it so all good.

But the facial piercings will be no issue at all. I have ten piercings in my ears and they never set anything off. Not too sure how security is in America though, so I would be concerned about the wallet chain. You wouldn't be allowed that here in Australia. I would say, if you have a few, take one that means the least to you in case they won't allow it, especially if you are only taking carry on luggage. Or go shopping and get something that can substitute the chain. Most airport security won't even allow a nail file, nail scissors, lighters or even open bottles of water/soft drink in carry on luggage so I really don't like your chances with the wallet chain.

You asked about missing your plane... shouldn't be an issue but make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to go through security. For international flights in Aus and even Japan, you need to rock up about two hours early and about 45 minutes early for domestic, so I am a believer in getting there early, getting through all the shit and then just sitting back and having a coffee in the departure lounge.

It is always best to be safe than sorry. Especially if you are the type to wear big, chunky shoes as they WILL set off the metal detector. Lace up boots (or any sort of boots really), platforms, high heels or wedges normally have metal in the soles so they will ask you to take them off while walking through; so keep that in mind when you dress. Same with lots of jewelry; I always wear a shitload of bracelets and always have to take them all off to go through, so keep that in mind when planning your time frame for departure. Belts as well. Remember, if you wear something that is metal, you need to take it off and if you take if off you need to put it back. Sounds kinda common knowledge, but if it is busy and there are lots of people, you want to make sure that you have left yourself plenty of time to get your stuff together.

Another thing is liquids and spray cans. If you are just taking carry on luggage, be aware of your limits. Normally it is 100mls. Here, all liquids and spray cans(lipstick/gloss/makeup and makeup remover/deodorant/hair spray/contact lens cleaner/pens etc) need to be displayed in a clear plastic bag and there are limits to how much you can take.

Best thing I can suggest to someone on their first plane trip is to go and read info listed on the home page of whatever company you are flying with. They will have their own specifications (luggage weight etc) as well as a list of things you can and can't take and what to expect when going through security. I know that over here, if you don't have all liquids in a bag, they confiscate them. Don't know why, but apparently it is some sort of threat. Who knows. But it is best to be over prepared then get there and end up shit creek.

Again, I have no experience with American security but I would imagine that they would be even tighter then the places I have been. I may be wrong though.
5th-Aug-2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
OMG that was a really long comment... Hopefully it helped.

And hey, you listen to lynch. *thumbs up*
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