A Dozen Simple Steps to Make the Airport Experience More Pleasant for ALL of Us!
Who among us look forward to the prospect of going to the airport, let alone going through airport security? OK, a resounding, “are you kidding?” But, if you love to travel and are going to travel, it goes with the territory.
I have to say that it still amazes me that people grunt, grumble, roll their eyes and even act surprised when they are asked to comply with regulations and go through airport security. OK, we can bitch and complain but the truth is that there are some scary people out there and they use airplanes to perform dastardly deeds. And the fact is that 9-11 changed everything. That was 11 years ago. So, stop complaining, accept it, and make life a little easier for yourself, the belabored TSA agents and your fellow travelers (yes, me).
These dozen simple steps will make the airport experience more pleasant for ALL of us:
1. Be organized: Plan ahead. Find out what the guidelines are and prepare accordingly.
2. Pack in layers: The TSA suggests you pack carry-on luggage as follows for easier screening:
– A layer of clothes
– A layer of neatly laid out electronics
– Another layer of clothes
– Heavier items on top
3. Be on time, if not early.
4. Have all necessary documents ready (this usually includes your ID, ticket/boarding pass and possibly your passport).
5. Wear shoes that easily slip on and off (some airports don’t require that you remove your shoes now, but assume they will).
6. Put liquids and gels in a clear zip-top bag BEFORE you get to security. Follow the 3-1-1 rule. (And either drink the water in your water bottle or empty it and refill after you’ve gone through security.)
7. Coats and jackets have to go through security. Remove or don’t carry on if possible.
8. Wear as little metal as possible. Mobile phones, coins, watches, belts, keys, heavy jewelry, clips, even buttons, metal snaps, and underwire bras (yep, I can vouch for this one!) can set off the detector. So think about this before you get dressed. (I remove jewelry, etc., put it in my bag, then put back on after I’m through security.)
9. Don’t wrap gifts.
10. Larger electronics (e.g. laptops and cameras, etc.) need to be removed to go through X-ray.
11. Check the airline’s website for any other restrictions and guidelines.
12. Grin and bear it! Leave your grumpy bear attitude at home. Check in with a smile!
How do you survive getting through the airport stress-free?
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