1. Make sure your luggage is tagged with your name and contact information.
This is important because it helps to ensure that your luggage is returned to you if it gets lost or misplaced. It also makes it easier for the TSA to identify you if there are any problems with your luggage.
2. Check that your luggage is free of any prohibited items.
This means checking to make sure that you haven't packed any of the items on the TSA's list of prohibited items. This can be a bit tricky, because the list changes from time to time, so be sure to check the latest list before packing.
3. Remove all metal from your person (including jewelry, watches, coins, etc.).
This is a safety precaution, because metal can be used to create weapons. So by removing all metal from your person, you are making it less likely that you will be injured in an altercation.
4. Place all electronics (laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, etc.) in a bin for inspection.
This is another safety precaution, because electronics can contain sensitive data or images that could be used for malicious purposes. By placing them in a bin for inspection, the TSA can make sure that they are not compromised.
5. Declare any food or liquids that you are carrying.
This is important because it helps to avoid any misunderstandings about what is and isn't allowed on the plane. It's also important to declare food or liquids because they might need to be tested for explosives.
6. Remove your shoes and place them in a bin for inspection.
Shoes can carry bacteria and other contaminants, so it's important to remove them and have them inspected before boarding the plane.
7. Go through the body scanner or have a physical pat-down.
The body scanner is a machine that scans your body for any contraband items. If you choose not to go through the scanner, you will need to have a physical pat-down instead.
8. Collect your belongings and re-dress.
After going through security, you will need to collect your belongings and re-dress yourself before boarding the plane.