Never Do This With Your Jewelry at TSA Checkpoints
When going through airport security, one of the most annoying things that travelers are faced with (and that's saying a lot) is setting off the metal detector. This can delay your journey through security and inevitably lead to a visual inspection, which then could lead to having to remove pieces that could be the culprit and/or going through the dreaded pat-down.
With the busy holiday travel season upon us, we've been thinking more and more about how to make all of our lives at least a little bit easier at the airport. Accordingly, we recently came across a TSA blog post from several years ago that gave a few very useful tips about wearing jewelry through security.
The post advises that unless your jewelry is especially bulky, you should never take it off when going through security. To get more firsthand advice, we consulted TSA press secretary Lisa Farbstein, who told us, "If you are wearing bulky jewelry or if it has a significant amount of metal in it, it is best to remove it, and place it inside one of your carry-on bags so as to reduce the likelihood that it will be left in the bin accidentally or that it will fall out of the bin. Most jewelry does not need to be removed, such as rings, necklaces, or wrist watches, unless they are what could be defined as being oversize. If the TSA officer asks that the item be removed, again, it is best to place it inside your carry-on bag."
You've probably noticed that those little bins that Farbstein refers to have a tendency to tip over when moving along the conveyor belt, which means you can pretty much say goodbye to your beloved jewels. Not only that, but it's also very easy to forget small items that you place in bins when rushing through security to get to your gate (we've all been there).
On that note, we rounded up some of our favorite TSA-approved (i.e. non-bulky) jewelry pieces to wear this holiday travel season and beyond. Read on to shop them all.