Getting around annoying, but necessary security rules

@dawnald (85135)
Shingle Springs, California
October 14, 2010 5:58pm CST
Things have changed a lot with flying. When I was a child, I was able to actually walk onto a plane that my dad was going to be flying in, and meet the pilot. Then later they wouldn't even allow you to go to the gate unless you had a ticket. And then, of course they banned things like scissors, liquids, etc. And on flights, I can't hold my purse in my hands any more, it has to go under the seat or whatever. So my little strategy to make things easier for me is: 1. slip on shoes, since you have to remove them during security 2. fanny pack - they don't make you stow your fanny pack (I hate not having control over my wallet, etc.) 3. sharp objects and liquids - I either check my bag or I don't take those things at all 4. Cell phone - make sure it's in the fanny pack, not my pocket Anyway, those are my exciting coping strategies. What are yours?
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@much2say (53940)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Oct 10
This is gonna sound real sad, but I've only flown ONCE in my life. And that was just to San Francisco from here - when I was like 12! Wait - I also flew back - so that makes it twice?! I haven't had to deal with these security rules - so I have nothing to add - but I have heard what friends/family had to go through. And I learned something today . . . if I ever travel by plane, I'm going to pack everything in my fanny pack!
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
yeah, I'm sure you have to check the blades, and I hear horror stories about people when they don't arrive in time for the competition...
@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
but no sharp implements of destruction!
@much2say (53940)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Oct 10
It's a pain (I hear) to travel with skates . . . too bad that can't be stuffed in a fanny pack!
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@GardenGerty (157996)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I have not flown in many years. I cannot afford it, and by the time I would drive to an airport, be there early, go through security etc. I could be about halfway to most of my destinations, without giving up my autonomy. I always heard you should wear shoes that you can get around in easily, so that would still be my athletic shoes, and jeans. Fanny pack is a good idea. I guess I would not take any sharp things or liquids. I probably would not even take a cell phone. I do not use it much. Will they let you wear it clipped to your belt?
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
When you can get a flight for $49 (each way) that would take you 7 hours to drive, it is not that much more expensive to fly. Unless you have to rent a car, that is... But even then, if I can get a deal, the time savings is worth the extra money to me. You can't wear the cell phone clipped to your belt when you go through security, it will set the alarms off.
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@GardenGerty (157996)
• United States
16 Oct 10
I have seen those deals and have had fantasies of neither Hubby nor I working and just being able to grab a deal like that any time we wanted to. Keep one bag packed for cold climates and the other for hot. See a deal and just go. It would work better for us to fly out of OKC than out of Kansas City.
@gabs8513 (48686)
• United Kingdom
30 Oct 10
Well I do not fly Dawn so I have none lol but yours are great and I hope they are working
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Oct 10
Yep, they do. I hear the latest and greatest is that there are going to be more pat downs. Whoopee....
• Australia
16 Oct 10
Security measures don't bother me. I suppose I'd rather put up with them than make it easy for terrorists etc. We know the rules so we obey them. I wasn't aware of the new rules regarding sharp objects when they first came in. I had flown a couple of weeks earlier with no hassles. My handbag went through the Xray and the operator yelled "This woman has scissors!" and two burly men rushed towards me. Yes, it was a manicure set with tiny scissors, nail file etc. All pointed, sharp objects were broken off (they left me the handles) and confiscated along with the scissors. I felt like a criminal but was able to laugh at it later. Now I make sure my manicure set is packed with my toiletries in my checked luggage.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Oct 10
I haven't even tried to get my manicure stuff through security since 9/11. Didn't want to risk losing any of it. I was surprised that my sister had been able to take her cuticle nippers on a lot of flights...
@Opal26 (17679)
• United States
15 Oct 10
Hi dawny! Where ya goin'? I just got back from flying from NY's Laguardia Airport to Ft Lauderdale! It wasn't so bad. I had checked with Delta's rules before going and pretty much knew what I could and couldn't take as carry on since I flew last year. But, there are no airports, I don't think more strict that the NY Airports (no surprise there)! I put my carryon stuff in the bins, but forgot about the sweater tied to my waste so had to go back for a second. They seemed to have a different scanning machine and it was quicker! After I go finished putting my sandals back on, retying the sweater to my waste and picking up the rest of my stuff I went to buy an very expensive bottle of diet pepsi which annoyed me, but I was thirsty! I don't mind putting my "handbag-which is an oversize bag with my handbag inside" under the seat in front of me. It gives me the chance to take another carryon with me. They charge $25 for the first checked bag! Have a nice trip!
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
I'm not going anywhere, but I did fly to Portland two weekends ago and Las Vegas last weekend. I just don't like not having my purse on my lap. Weird Dawn thing.
@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
20 Oct 10
I also travel a lot for work, so I've also had to do some 'coping' with all the security measures. My main thing is, even before I get to the airport, I put everything in my jacket or coat pockets before I go to security. Then I would just have to take it off, put it in a bin and let it go to the scanner. After security, then I start getting it all from my coat, and back into my pants pocket where they belong.
@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Oct 10
Not a bad idea...
@maximax8 (31053)
• United Kingdom
15 Oct 10
I travel with a Phil and Teds Sport buggy with my baby daughter in the front seat and my disabled toddler in the back seat. I have to carry my luggage as well. I like checking in my hold baggage but then I struggle to get through security easily. I hate having to have my liquids in a plastic bag. It is a silly rule. I don't like not being able to carry a bottle of drinking water. The security staff ask me to taste what is in my baby's bottles. My disabled son has catheters and so I take a doctors note to explain those.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
I don't like to be able to carry water either, but at least I can usually buy it once I'm through security. You are a trooper traveling with two small children that way, and one disabled. I didn't try flying with my children until they were old enough to walk themselves through security. It was driving trips, or trips without the children until then.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
15 Oct 10
I am very careful too...put everything in my checked bag I can and don't need until I land at my destination. However....went I left Arizona in June my daughter sent with me my granddaughters birthday gifts...unwrapped as per instruction...and neither her or I really thought much about it until my things were going through the xray machine and I got pulled out of line and taken to another side of the security area...seems one of the books my daughter bought had magnets in it! I was a little embarassed as I am so careful! LOL
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
Ooops, there's always something!
@cynthiann (18602)
• Jamaica
15 Oct 10
I also wear my thong crocs and all my luggage is checked through. I do carry a small bag on board with a T shirt and underwear just in case I land in the wrong place. This has happened quite frequently actually. But I am not as bad as my eldest sister who has not only landed in the wron g country but the wrong continent. I kid you not. Going to Australia and ended up in India. WE try not to get on a plane with her. My other sister - the nmiddle one - flatley refuses to go on any flight with her as she has had so many terrible experiemces. A coup will break out - things like that.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
I'm not sure I would fly with her either. I've had to deal with turbulence, bomb threats and luggage being delayed a day, but never being flown to the wrong place. Now my brother's in-laws... First they were in Ca for the the Northridge earthquake, and then a year later they were in Japan for the Kobe earthquake. They flew home even though his mother-in-law had a broken rib. And then they were flying home from Scandinavia on 9/11/01, ended up getting diverted to Iceland, and then back to Sweden. I think maybe they're just jinxed or something.
@blue65packer (11826)
• United States
15 Oct 10
I never have flown. Never had the chance. I do know alot of people,like you,that fly on a regular basis. They hate all the new security rules! They deal with them and do alot of the things you mentioned.I will say this:This is one more reason not to fly! To many security rules!
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
Yeah, we deal with them. I'd rather deal with them than not travel...
• Singapore
15 Oct 10
Security has tightened since there is the threat of terrorism. You put your purse or whatever below the seat, for your own safety when taking off and landing.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
Ah, but no I don't, because a fanny pack is allowed on my lap as long as it's strapped around my waist! :D
@gdesjardin (1918)
• United States
15 Oct 10
My son recently flew from Nashville to Chicago to stay with my sisters family for a week during summer break. Because he was 14, I was allowed to go to the gate without being a ticket holder...but what a nightmare that was. It was summer, so we both had sandals/flip flops on....which when you think about it, it is so gross that you have to walk about 20 feet with your bare feet on a carpet that every other person with no socks on has walked on. (Note to self: always wear socks!) Anyways, my son had to take off his belt, which he minute he took one step forward his shorts go flying down. On top of that the security guy laughed at my son's Christmas boxer shorts...saying something about rushing the season. Vince was mortified and I sure if I wanted to laugh at Vince or slap the security guard for further embarassing my son. He only had a small carry on because we didn't want him to check his bag because at OHare airport in Chicago he would be by himself and he was worried he would get lost. This is also my son that has the learning disability, and has difficulty reading. Well, then security decided to search his back after it went through the x-ray. I knew for a fact that Vince didn't have any liquids of any kind because he could use shampoo and toothpaste at my sister's house and he was going to just buy a small deteorant when he got there. I really believe they were just giving him a hard time for the heck of it. After finally getting through security, my son said (rather loudly) "I will never fly again, I would rather walk to Chicago than go through all that again". I can't say that I blamed him. What a mess! Hopefully your security check will go a lot more smoothly. Oh, and make sure you don't wear lose fitting pants...LOL
@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
No loose fitting pants, got it!
@wmraul (2552)
• Bucharest, Romania
15 Oct 10
I have a better "all in one" strategy: I don't use planes. Else, is true, years a go (many years) it was plain fun to be on a flight ..
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
I'd rather put up with it than not fly...
@vandana7 (99214)
• India
15 Oct 10
Dawny - we dont travel by air as often as you all do. :) So we are safer than Americans. :) I did travel quite a few times though, and this summer we would have traveled but for something urgent cropping up. Hopefully, next year, dad feels better and we can travel some place. Just a break. I dont really know what are the latest rules. But what about safety pins? Do they allow safety pins in the handbag or fanny bag. :) I find it silly that they dont allow purse but are ok with fannybag. I could carry much more in my handbag than I could carry in my purse/wallet. :) And I really didnt understand that security check on shoes? You mean to say we have to remove shoes and show them we are walking in on our genuine flesh and blood legs?
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
Purses are allowed, you just can't hold them on your lap during the flight. Don't know about safety pins. I do know that knitting needles are allowed. Yes, you have to remove your shoes ever since the infamous "shoe bomber": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Reid_(shoe_bomber)
• United States
14 Oct 10
It is literally a pain in the rear, however we all know why and we want to make sure all are checked for own securities. I hate when I go into a government building here in the city where they take my purse and open my wallet, check every nook and corner and have the audacity to comment about my contents. Ugh, erks me so whereas if I did not remember where I was at I would sock them in the face.
@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
Comment on the contents, seriously? OK that's just out of line!!!