1. Make sure there are no metal items on your body. Some items that can trigger the metal detector are belts, coins, keys, jewellery and watches, pens, phones, lighters, hair ornaments, body piercings, underwire bras, footwear (heavy-soled and dress shoes often contain metal) and clothes with metal studs, buttons and snaps.
2. You may be required to remove your footwear, especially if it has platforms or thick soles, so wear socks and slip-on shoes.
3. Coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine, so take off outer layers before you get to the checkpoint to save time.
4. Check with your airline before you travel to ensure that you don't have any banned items in your carry-on.
5. Don't wrap gifts, as you'll be asked to unwrap them.
6. Don't over-pack carry-ons. Cluttered, stuffed bags prevent security personnel from obtaining clear X-ray images of the luggage.
7. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be contained in a closed, re-sealable, clear plastic bag with a capacity of 1 litre or less. Individual items cannot exceed 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz).
8. Electronic gadgets should be easily accessible and fully charged.
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