There was actually a time when air travel was glamorous, fun, and the airport was a great place for people watching? Not now - those days are gone, while long security lines are now the norm because of the dangerous minds that have invaded our society. At this point, air travel is a challenging necessity to get from one destination to another quickly – unless you are fortunate enough to travel on a private plane.
Perhaps together we can change the world if we remember a few essential airport tips to alleviate the hassle. And before you say, “these are just basic rules!” I say, “Good point – how come they are frequently overlooked?”
. If you are told to be there two hours early – do it! The security lines get longer closer to the departing time. Oh yes, and take a long shower, put on deodorant before you leave, and nix the cologne or perfume. The person seated next to you will appreciate it.
. If a person in a uniform asks you to do something, don’t get upset or embarrassed. Listen carefully and follow instructions. Never try to joke about terrorists, bombs or weapons. You will end up in a holding room.
Be Courteous to the airport screening employees and security officers who are your last wall of defense for a safe flight
. No doubt, they do not like looking through our laundry or invading our privacy. Thank them for the caring enough to perform thorough inspections.
. Transportation Security Administration calls it the 3-1-1 for carry-ons – which means you can carry on liquids equaling 3 oz. in a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag and 1 per passenger. Each time TSA has to search a carry-on it stalls the line.
Be Ready to place your computer in a separate bin to roll though the x-ray belt
. Place your coat, handbag, carry-one and anything else you are taking on the plane in bins to be examined.
Dress the Part
. It is difficult to be a fashionista when traveling, so think ahead: Do not wear jewelry, belts, clothes with metal buttons or underwire lingerie – your hardware will not pass the metal detector. Also, take your keys out of your pocket and place in an x-ray bin. It’s all about keeping the line moving!
Another good tip! Wear shoes that are easy to slip off and always wear socks or hosiery
. You will be asked to remove and place your shoes in an x-ray bin (picture yourself standing on a floor where thousands of other bare feet have walked in the past 24 hours - ugh!)
One last thing about the security check. Keep your ticket and ID in your hand until you pass the inspection
So you passed your inspection and now you are off to find your gate. Remember, walking is like driving stay to the right. Otherwise you are constantly avoiding bumping into others.
Use One Chair!
Do not force others to stand at the gate by taking up seats for belongings. Place your things in your seat, lap or under your feet.
Being socially savvy is like a beautiful dance. We can do it together, if we follow the rules … we will not step on each other’s toes.
Joy Weaver is a nationally renowned speaker, etiquette expert, and author of “Just Ask Joy… How to Be Socially Savvy in All Situations”—a book highly endorsed by Jean and Zig Ziglar. Joy represents designer Joseph Ribkoff and is a regular guest on ABC’s Good Morning Texas. She is nationally published and has been featured on ABC’s The View, in the Associated Press, New York Times, USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and The Dallas Business Journal. Protocol Enterprises/Just Ask Joy is based in Dallas and has served clients across the country since 2000. You can follow Joy at www.twitter.com/SociallySavvy or www.allthingsrefined.blogspot.com or learn more at www.justaskjoy.com.