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Airport Screening Tips

When you leave to fly to another country, get to the airport in enough time to go through security check, customs and immigration.

Security check can be lengthy and cumbersome. Here are tips to help it go more smoothly:

  • Avoid wearing these items or prepare to remove them during screening:
  • Heavy jewelry, including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings and cuff links
  • Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs
  • Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration
  • Belt buckles
  • Underwire bras
  • Hidden items such as body piercings may result in additional screening, including a pat-down. If selected for additional screening, passengers may ask to remove their body piercing in private.
  • Take metal items such as keys, loose change, smartphones, out of pockets and place in your carry-on baggage before going through security.
  • Pack all coats and jackets in checked luggage when possible. Trench coats, heavy winter coats, suit jackets, sport coats and blazers will have to go through the X-ray machine for inspection. If bring an outer coat or jacket on the plane, you’ll have to put it in your carry-on bag or in the overhead bin.
  • Keep these items out and be ready to show them multiple times:
    • Airline boarding pass
    • Government-issued photo identification (such as your passport)

If you don’t proper identification, you may have to go through additional screening. If you are under 18, you will not have to show ID.

  • Remove your coat and shoes, have your laptop out, be ready to put them on the conveyer belt for X-ray screening.
  • If someone is accompanying you through security checkpoint because you have a medical condition, ask your airline what documentation you need to show to prove your companion has clearance.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Education Abroad
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113