Air Travel Safety Preparation

As a follow up to yesterday's post, I wanted to briefly review some air travel tips.  I am not generally a fearful person, but I remain very aware of my surroundings.  I am not a suspicious person, but I am alert when someone seems too friendly, too uptight, or too alert.  I am always concerned (especially in a very public place) about any unattended bag or box.  I am more worried about traffic accidents than plane crashes.  Keep your head in the game, and everything should go well.

  • Prepare your mind and your schedule for waiting.  Pack with screening in mind.
  • Whether you are for or against x-rays, metal detectors, pat downs and full body scans, they are going to do them.  Plan ahead to comply and breeze through.
  • Always tell the truth.  Even a harmless lie to the TSA is a crime.
  • Keep your group together.  Watch out for one another.
  • Don't try to carry-on more than allowed.  It will most likely weigh you down anyway.
  • Check questionable items, or leave them at home.  With baggage fees you'll want to trim down anyway.
  • Review baggage and carry on rules. Leave your pocket knife and water bottle at home.
  • Use TSA compatible baggage locks. Otherwise, they may need to cut it off to check your bag.
  • Put OBVIOUS markers on your luggage. You might catch it walking off before it's gone.
  • Keep things simple. The less you have to keep track of, the better you'll be able to do so.
  • Keep your bags and packages at hand. Don't let anyone you don't know handle your stuff.
  • Don't get distracted by conversation or spectacles. Distractions can make you leave or lose items.
  • Keep your eyes open and stay alert.  If you are concerned about something you see, say something to an employee of the airline.

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