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.
Everybody has their own tips, but, this vacation season
, I thought I'd share mine in case they give you some ideas if you're traveling by air this summer.
- 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
- Take an empty plastic bottle through security and fill it on the other side, instead of paying inflated prices in flight-side stores
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- On your return, buy souvenirs elsewhere. They're generally way more expensive at airports.
- 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.
- Avoid fizzy drinks in flight. They just get fizzier once they're inside you.
- Keep your hands on your luggage in the concourse. Thieves use 'pop-over' cases to conceal smaller cases and walk off seeming beyond suspicion.
- Take anti-bacterial wipes on board and wipe down armrests, headrests, drop-down trays and recliner buttons.
You can find some more useful tips from the International Air Transport Association here: http://tinyurl.com/iata-faqs
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. Why not give me a quick call (570) 654-5239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss the risks, go through your existing coverage and explore any other options?