Hi I'm Mike Orwoll of Travel + Leisure magazine for howdini. It's great to know that our airports are safer thanks to enhanced security measures. Nonetheless, getting through security can be one of the biggest hassles at any airport. Especially if you don't know the simple rules and procedures. Best advice I can give you: arrive early; two hours before your departure is recommended. Next, have your driver's license or passport and boarding pass ready. They're the first things they're are going to ask for at the security gate.
Okay, now it's your turn. All of your carryons are going to go through an X-ray machine. But some items have to go through separately in the bins provided. For example, gels and liquids. This is where you have to remember the 3-1-1 rule. Liquids have to be in containers of three ounces or less, placed in a one quart zip lock bag, and only one bag per passenger.
You're going to be walking through a metal detector, so you're going to want to take out all the metals in your pocket, your cell phone, your loose change. Don't forget your laptop. That also has to be taken out of the bag and placed in a bin by itself. Lastly, don't forget you have to remove your jacket and your shoes and place those in the bin. This is a good time to wear those comfortable slip-ons by the way.
Remember that there are restricted items that you can't bring on an airplane. That would include virtually anything that can be used as a weapon. So check it in your luggage, leave it at home, or be prepared to lose it.
In short, the airport security process is always going to be a little bit of a hassle, but it's actually pretty simple. Just do your preparation, follow the instructions when you get here, and enjoy your flight.