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Why turning left in an airport security queue will get you through faster

Why turning left in an airport security queue will get you through faster
30/06/2022 The Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport this afternoon as Aer Lingus announce flight cancellations because of staff shortages due to a Covid 19 surge.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Travelling for the Christmas holidays?

Blogger Nicole Jacques has revealed some handy travel hacks, including how to get through security a lot quicker.

Stick to the Left

Nicole advised her 90k TikTok followers to "go to the left" when joining security queues.

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"Most people are right-handed and naturally go to right lanes," Nicole says. " 9/10 if I go to the farthest left lane no one is there or fewer people are at least for customs and security."

@itsnicolejaques Six tips for holiday travel 🧳 1. Go left! Most people are right handed and naturally go to right lanes. 9/10 if I go to the farthest left lane no one is there or fewer people are at least for customs and security. 2. Keep an extra pair of socks on or in your bag to go through security - the floor in security is one of the direst and highly trafficked areas in an airport. #holidaytravel #travel #traveltips #airportlife #airportfashion #traveltricks ♬ Take Me to Hell - Chloe Adams

Bring Socks

Content creator Nicole also underlined the importance of covering your feet at an airport.

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"Keep an extra pair of socks on you," the content creator says. "The floor in security is one of the dirtiest and highly trafficked areas in the airport." Professor of Epidemiology Kathryn Jacobsen told CondΓ© Nast Traveler that airport floors are covered with bacteria like E.Coli and Staph, and "if that bacteria seeps into your skin, you're at risk for an infection."

Use a refillable bottle

Nicola underlines the importance of staying hydrated and advises that you use a refillable water bottle to do this. Dublin Airport has 15 water fountains between its terminals and boarding gates, with signage saying "Hydration Station". While liquids over 100ml are not permitted in security, you can easily refill your water bottle once you're through the security section.

Bring Snacks

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Airport snacks are always extra expensive, so Nicole advises you to travel with food in hand. While pastes such as butter or mayonnaise are not allowed through security, all other food is fine to have in your hand luggage. Dublin Airport reports that "normal foodstuffs, such as crisps and chocolate are fine to bring in your hand baggage."

For comprehensive airport travel advice, visit the website of the airport you are travelling to and from. You can access the Dublin airport website here.

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