From The Urbach Letter –
Speeding Through the Airport
Was there ever a time when the total flying experience wasn't horrible in every possible way? (Maybe there was, but my memory's not that good.) Now, we all have to deal with long lines, overpriced airport everything, invasive security procedures, humorless TSA agents, long waits, dirty planes, rude passengers, overworked flight attendants, lost bags, and... the list of traveling woes continues... There's a Seinfeld joke in there somewhere, but nobody's in a laughing mood anymore.
I'm sure you've got your own survival strategies, and it's likely that your reaction to what follows will include lots of "Yeah, I do that's." Nonetheless, what I'm hoping is that you'll find at least one good idea that'll make your air travel life slightly less awful.
The Security Checkpoint
Before approaching the bin stack, everything that can possibly trigger the walk-through metal detector or whole body scanner goes in jacket pockets (preferred) or zippered carry-on bag: watch, pen, keys, phone, change, etc. Travel pros wear little if any jewelry. If worn, it's removed and placed in a zippered pocket or bag. Belts and jackets come off.
In this way, you can be off to your gate in minimum time, with the least chance that something will be left behind or snatched away. Happy traveling.
(c) Copyright 2002-2012 Victor Urbach
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