Unless you’re wearing flip-flops or some kind of slides, move out of the way of the conveyer belt to put your shoes back on after going through the metal detector or scanner. I don’t care if you’re barefoot and have to walk further. You’ll cause a pile-up where everyone else is trying to grab their baggage and you will be the worst.
Entering the security line? Boarding pass. Getting on the plane? Boarding pass. Going to the bathroom? Boarding pass! Don’t shove it in the bottom of your backpack at any point in time -- you will need it again.
Southwest, Spirit and Jetblue will not have the same boarding situations. Mind your “zone,” don’t hop in line and pretend you don’t know which way is up and don’t use your friend’s boarding class as an excuse to cut a horde of people. I am, however, a big proponent of standing next to the line for optimal positioning once your boarding number is called.
Feet space is limited at the gate, but seat space is even harder to claim. If you arrive at your gate earlier than most of your fellow passengers, chances are you’re going to plop your backpack or purse on top of the seat next to you -- which is fine. But once the area starts filling up, have some decency and move your stuff to the floor.
I’m all for using a glass of wine as a lubricant to dull any flight anxiety or boredom, but to the hardos downing shots after they just spent their pre-flight hour with bottomless mimosas: pipe down.
Those moving walkways that stretch along the long, empty sections between terminals are such fun, right? You feel like you’re a superhero in a movie who can cover ground in 10 seconds flat. Then there are the people who use them as an excuse not to walk and crowd the narrow area with their bags. No.
These aren’t new rules: empty your water bottle, take off your belt, remove your laptop from its case. The TSA agents will notice if you don’t, I promise.
There’s a reason you’re usually allowed one carry-on and one personal item: One goes up, the other goes down. If your Herschel backpack is up in the overhead, you’re leaving less room for a piece of carry-on luggage. Don’t do that.