With the Holiday season quickly approaching, I know many people are packing their suitcases and doing last minute shopping for their vacation. I am sure you are super excited and can’t wait to board that plane! … As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one major downside to the vacation season – traveling through airports.

I remember when it used to be fun. Now it’s frustrating, time-consuming and, often, a blatant rip-off. But that shouldn’t matter too much if you use a few rules to side-step some of the aggravation and potential dangers:

  1. Wear slip-on shoes so they’re easy to remove in security — plus they’re more comfortable to travel in because feet swell during flight
  2. Take an empty plastic bottle through security and fill it on the other side, instead of paying inflated prices in flight-side stores
  3. Keep a close eye on your property, especially tablets and laptops as they emerge from screening conveyor belts — it’s a favorite spot for thieves to take them
  4. Ensure your carry-ons meet airline size regulations. The airlines are getting increasingly picky on this and could force you to check-in your baggage, and pay for it!
  5. Expect and plan for security to be busy and backlogged — then you won’t get angry or tense, and it’ll be a pleasant surprise if you sail through.
  6. On your return, buy souvenirs elsewhere. They’re generally way more expensive at airports.
  7. If you’re traveling abroad, don’t change your money at foreign airports — you’ll likely get ripped off. Get currency before you go or head for a local bank after you arrive. Airport credit card phone calls are also often extremely expensive.
  8. Avoid fizzy drinks in flight. They just get fizzier once they’re inside you.
  9. Keep your hands on your luggage in the concourse. Thieves use ‘pop-over’ cases to conceal smaller cases and walk off seeming beyond suspicion.
  10. Take anti-bacterial wipes on board and wipe down armrests, headrests, drop-down trays and recliner buttons.


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