Making your way through airport security can be a stressful event, but there are some steps you can take to make the process go more smoothly. For starters, avoid unnecessary stress by arriving an hour or more before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Adhere to the new rules regarding liquids, and wear shoes you can slip off easily. Empty your pockets completely, and try not to wear clothing and excessive jewelry that’s likely to set off the metal detector, such as heavy belt buckles, necklaces, and bracelets. If you’re traveling with a laptop, be sure to have it out ahead of time in case they ask you to turn it on, and always exercise patience.