Have you flown the friendly blue skies recently? Or the not so friendly skies if you happened through Denver around Christmas time. There seems to be one major complaint when it comes flying: airline security.
You may be thinking, “Right on! Security is such a joke…and those TSA agents…(so on)”, but that’s not where I’m going with this peeve. No, I peeved with the average flyer who gets upset when going through airport security over removing his/her shoes, or having to take his/her laptop out of his/her bag. Has everyone forgot what occurred over 5 years ago that prompted these measures?
Is it truly difficult to remember to remove metal from your pockets? When I’ve been in the security line, I’ve had plenty of time to double check all my pockets. How about that belt? Have time to untie your shoes? Don’t forget the laptop! Almost every time I fly, it seems that people forget why they are in line, and only remember to start unloading when they are at the table with all the buckets. Perhaps I have flown enough times to have honed my airline skills (well, in the last year and a half I have 6.5 international round trips…), but security is the same pretty much everywhere.
Granted, the limits on liquid/gels/aerosol is rather annoying, but not a problem with checked baggage. Hotels have plenty of free toiletry items, even before this restriction went into place. I’d rather live without my favorite aftershave than experience an in-flight explosion.
A few tips for all those flyers out there:
- Empty your pockets while waiting in line. Better yet, empty them before you get in line. All you need in hand is ID and your boarding pass.
- Remember those clothes you picked out to wear this morning? The ones you will wear through the metal detector? Perhaps clothing studded with metal isn’t a good choice.
- After you’ve emptied your pockets (see #1), how about removing your belt? And if your clothes require a belt to stay on, see #2 and plan ahead.
- Did you need a shoe horn to get your nice dress shoes on this morning? Probably not the pair you should be wearing to the airport (see #2…).
- Don’t forget that pesky laptop in your lovely protective case. Yes, it has to come out. Yes, it needs to be in its own bin. No, the x-ray machine will not damage it (I think).
- If in doubt, check www.tsa.gov for the latest on security restrictions.
Lastly, if a flyer is upset by the rules, don’t take it out on the closest TSA employee. They aren’t the ones who establish the policies, they just enforce them. Go find the one who is on a power trip and take it out on him/her. 🙂
Hopefully these tips will help you fly peeve-free in the future. 🙂