What's Your Travel-Friendly Outfit?

In the New York Times' recent article on the mystery of why laptops require special scanning procedures on planes (they're mostly scanned to give us the illusion of security, described as "security theatre"), the author briefly mentions security expert Bruce Schneier's travel belt:

Image: Bill Alldredge.

I called Bruce Schneier, the security chief for British Telecom and a long-time security expert with hundreds of thousands of miles of airline travel under his belt (a belt that, he noted with pride, never beeps in security because he's chosen it carefully).

Of course, Schneier's not alone; we all have a special outfit we wear when we have to deal with the customs. I, for one, would love a good belt that doesn't require me to disrobe when I'm going through security, and I'm curious: What's your travel-friendly outfit consist of?

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    My SeV jacket is my best friend when travelling. (Actually, after ten years it's looking more than a bit ratty... time for a new one!)

    Multiple, multiple pockets, including one or two large enough to hold my little 10" netbook, mean that I can just transfer the few things that'll beep out of my pants pockets and put the whole jacket on the conveyor belt. One thing to pick up on the other side instead of the hurried multiple re-packing that I see others doing.

    I don't usually have a carry-on bag. It's all in the jacket!

    I use a belt with a nylon buckle. They are are very hard wearing and make sure if you like me wear boots not to a steel cap but a ceramic (although a lot of work places ban them as they are only good for one hit - and they never get swapped out with a new pair, unless you actually care about your feet)

    My travel-friendly clothes are chosen more with a view to packing requirements and, above all, comfort during the journey rather than the few minutes it takes to go through security. So:
    1. I f taking boots, I wear them (saving space in my suitcase). My boots don't trigger alarms, so that's ok. If I'm asked to take them off regardless, no big deal, I just do.
    2. If taking an overcoat I carry/wear that as well, even if it's summer in my departure city. No metal there.
    3. I opt for natural fibres and knits and a non-constricting fit. As far as fabrics go, wool jersey is my friend. On a long-haul flight I take cotton flannel pyjama pants to change into, allowing my street pants to stay neat and unwrinkled, together with a pair of those slipper socks with the little rubber grips on the bottom.

    Another vote for SeV and wearing the bulkiest shoes. I also like my belt with a plastic buckle that avoids setting off detectors.

    I like to wait until I'm in line to check in before checking transferring everything in all my other pockets to the SeV, that way if I'm still carrying my pocket knife I can get it into my checked luggage. At the gate the SeV goes through the machine, I pick it up and I'm gone.

    A good eye mask and isolating earbuds are a must too.

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