Annoying Things About Traveling
The holiday travel season is upon us and some may be taking to the skies to celebrate with family, so the U.S. Travel Association released the results of a recent survey and asked passengers what annoyed them most about traveling. Here's what they came up with and ideas to make holiday air travel more pleasant.
Unfriendly TSA Employees
The Transportation Security Administration has to deal with a lot of people day in and day out. Some travelers very ignorant about what they need to do, the 3-1-1 rule, what they can't bring on the plane, what have to remove, what they need to show at the checkpoints and where they need to go and the agents have a tendency to get a little testy sometimes. Just exercise patience and keep smiling. That way no one can tell if you're gritting your teeth.
Taking Off Your Shoes, Belt and Jacket
The measure was enacted following the attempted bombing of an airliner by Richard Reid. He hid a bomb in his shoes, so now we all have to have our shoes screened more closely. As for taking off your belt and jacket, that rule is in place so you don't have to undergo additional screening because metallic objects such as buckles, snaps and zippers will set off the metal detector. For more information on what to do to get through security more quickly, click HERE.
Uncomfortable Airplane Seats
There isn't any way to make the flight go faster, but there are ways to make it more bearable. Number one? Relax. Bath and Body Works makes a great aromatherapy oil. It comes in a roller applicator. Dab it on your temples and find your happy place. Earplugs and white noise smart phone apps are also great relaxation aids. Moving around is always good, too. Get up and walk to the bathroom even if you don't have to go. If you're stuck, stretching your arms above your head and pointing and flexing your toes every half an hour or so can help, too.
Passengers With Too Many Bags
Passengers are allowed one checked bag, one carry on bag (so long as it fits in the overhead bin) and one personal item such as a purse or briefcase (so long as it fits under the seat in front of you). More checked baggage will cost you a bundle. If you're traveling with your children and have cribs, car seats and strollers, you're encouraged to use the families and special needs traveler line. They're generally less crowded and the agents (as well as other passengers) are a tad more patient.