People Who Wear These 3 Items Always Hold Up the Security Line, Says a TSA Agent

Sophie Miura

There's always someone in the security line who causes a delay. You know who we're talking about: While everyone else has dutifully removed their laptops from their carry-ons, taken their phones out of their pockets, and kept their liquids in clear bags, there's always a clueless traveler who sets the alarm off and needs to be searched.

While most flyers are clued in about airport faux pas, few are more attuned to the dos and don'ts of airport dressing than TSA agents. After all, they spend their days telling people to step back from the line/remove their watch/take off their belt—if anyone knows what causes a delay, it's them. Kimberly Pruitt, a former TSA agent who spent more than five years working as a security officer at LAX, told Who What Wear that three little-known items always set off the alarm. Yes—if you don't want to hold up the queue or be patted down, she says it's best to avoid wearing these items altogether.

It might be time to rethink your airport outfit—here's what a TSA agent would never wear.

Maxi Dresses

"If you are opposed to getting patted down, then wearing a maxi skirt or dress isn't your best bet because the officer will have to check you are not hiding anything under your skirt," says Pruitt. Kat Collings, Who What Wear's editor in chief, recommends wearing your most lived-in jeans instead.

Bobby Pins

Sure, bobby pins are small, but Pruitt notes that wearing too many could set off the scanner. "Believe it or not, too many bobby pins will set off the metal detector. If you're looking to maintain your hair and skip the pat-down, I would suggest getting dolled up after screening."

Metal Bracelets

The Cartier Love bracelet might be popular, but Pruitt says it's one of the worst things you can wear to an airport. "These bracelets can only be removed with a screwdriver, so they become an issue when going through security," she says.

What's your go-to airport outfit?

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