Tips from the Transportation Security Administration for getting through airport security checkpoints:

Before the Airport

* Do not pack or bring prohibited items to the airport, such as weapons, explosives and incendiaries, including items that could be used as weapons.

* Do not take wrapped presents to the airport. Ship wrapped packages ahead of time or wrap on arrival. If the package sets off an alarm, TSA will need to unwrap it to investigate.

* Avoid wearing shoes, clothing, jewelry or accessories that contain metal and might set off the metal detector.

* Put all undeveloped film and cameras loaded with film in your carry-on baggage. Screening equipment for checked baggage will damage unprotected undeveloped film.

* Carry-on baggage is limited to one bag plus one personal item, which includes laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases and camera cases.

* Place identification tags in and on all of your baggage. Do not forget to label your laptop computer. These are one of the most frequent items left at screening checkpoints.

At the Airport

* Put all metal items in your carry-on bag. This includes jewelry, loose change, keys, mobile phones, pagers and personal data assistants.

* Take out your laptop and place it in a bin, separate from its carrying case.

* Take off your outer coat and place it in a bin. Suit jackets and blazers do not have to be removed unless requested by the screener.