What to Stop Taking Off at Airport Security, According to the TSA

Allyson Payer

For most of us, the dread of going through airport security is up there with doing taxes or going to the dentist. It's a necessary evil, but with the help of a little insider advice, it can be considerably less painful. Curious as to how to cut down on the hassle and time spent at airport security (in case you haven't yet sprung for TSA PreCheck), we consulted Lisa Farbstein, the spokesperson from the TSA's Office of Public Affairs, on the subject of what not to take off at airport security (but that many people do anyway). "For the most part," Farbstein says, "travelers do not need to remove their jewelry. There is rarely a need to remove most watches, earrings, rings, or necklaces."

But as with many things travel-related, there are caveats. "Travelers who are wearing huge bulky jewelry with a lot of metal should remove the items and put them into their carry-on bags and not in a checkpoint bin," says Farbstein. "Why? Because putting the items into a carry-on bag means that the items won't accidentally be left behind in a bin by mistake." She also gave the genius advice that if you're wearing a bulky non-metal necklace, you can simply turn it around so that it hangs down your upper back, thus avoiding a chest pat-down.

Now that you have the details on the protocol of wearing jewelry through security, go on to shop travel accessories and subtle jewelry pieces that will make your time spent at the airport so much easier.

Takeaway: There is rarely a need to remove most watches, earrings, rings, or necklaces.

Wolf Circus Oval Chain Earrings in Silver ($95)

Tired of studs? Try these delicate alternatives. 

Ganni Azalea Logo-Patch Pouch ($115)

Organization is key.

Wwake Counting Collection Linear Chain Necklace ($1180)

We'd gladly wear this every single day.

Clare V. Jewelry Pouch ($75)

Use this to avoid leaving your bulkier jewelry behind at security.

Catbird Jewelry Maleficent Ring ($364)

Proof that black diamonds and rose gold are a dreamy combination.

Tumi Voyageur Just In Case Packable Nylon Tote ($100)

It never hurts to have an extra carry-on, just in case.

EF Collection 14k Rainbow Chevron Huggie Stud Earrings ($595)

These may be tiny, but they pack a punch.

The Daily Edited Pale Pink Travel Case ($120)

The chicest way to store your jewelry and other small accessories.

Dagne Dover 365 Large Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffel Bag ($185)

This carry-on is durable, roomy, and lightweight. Sold.

Starling Star Anklet ($165)

Perfect for pairing with your airport-friendly slides. 

Common Projects Toiletry Bag in Off White ($362)

Simple and chic.

Bagatiba Vintage Square Choker ($100)

A subtle way to make a statement. 

Madewell The Transport Tote ($168)

For the jet-setter who hates hassling with zippers. 

Lana Jewelry Herringbone Bracelet ($545)

Add this to your everyday jewelry lineup. 

Next, check out what nine real women wear to the airport in Paris.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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