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Air Traffic Today Informative - What to expect

Review by Nohandle on 2006-08-11
I've posted this as informative although it's a request. I'll be traveling by air in a couple of weeks and would appreciate any feedback from those of you who fly in the meantime.

The game plan and rules changed yesterday the 10th. Those folks flying that day were caught totally unaware and unprepared. I fully understand that. Those flying today were a little better prepared. I'm trying to prepare for two weeks from now.

I don't fly frequently, 2 or 3 times a year, and had prided myself on getting it down to a fine art to avoid any unnessesary inconvenience. I had the checked baggage with the clothing and the carry on consisted of those items I felt essential plus those things breakable, spillable ...that sort of thing, plus a change of clothing and the few things I thought of at the last minute. Most of those items on the carry on I think are now not allowed.

I was one of those who flew about a week after the airlines got back into a sort of semi mode after 9-11. Should someone have asked me then, I would have told them what to expect so they would somewhat know how to be better prepared.

Please.. if you've got complaints or want to criticize the present state of air travel, post it elsewhere. I simply would like to know what to expect and what items I might not have thought of should I decide to have a carry on, in addition, any items initially banned but now allowed.
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-08-20
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-08-11:
I didn't have to fly this week, but talking to co-workers that did, it's actually going better than expected. If you want to bring your shaving kit, check your bags. If you are a road warrior and like to travel lite, just plan on stopping on your way to the hotel to get some shampoo and deodorant. Forget bringing any drinks with you and wear shoes that are easy to get on and off. Plan to be at the airport with plenty of time to spare and make the best of it - we are all in this together!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-08-11:
The news just stated they are allowing lipstick and lip gloss on...yesterday, they did not. Also, a couple stated that today, they took her eyeglass case, and her hairbrush...not sure why, but they did.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-08-12:
I took my grandkids to the airport today and it was really not that bad. You can’t carry on anything liquid or made like gel. We went about 4 hours early and we did not need to do that. The air port was very crowed but if you make sure you don’t have anything like water, perfume, toothpaste etc; you will get through the line in plenty of time. There is of course the normal stupid people who always have to try to get something through and make a seen but their was very few of them today. I would say put everything in one case and check it! You can still take your laptop, I pod, things like that on with you but I would just put close and toiletries in on “check in” bags. You see all the information you need when you get there and they are putting it on the loud speakers every 2 minutes. Have a safe and good trip.
Posted by glc on 2006-08-12:
I just came back from Las Vegas and it really wasn't that bad. We Americans adapt amazingly fast. The lines were a little longer than usual, but I have to admit not being a big fan of the TSA, they did a very nice job! Do as Lidman said, put items like water, suntan lotion, shampoo etc in your checked bag, and you will have no problem.
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-08-12:
My co-worker flew out yesterday from Chicago Ohare. He said it wasn't that bad. Security took an extra 10-20 minutes but after that same as always. Just be sure to check most things and you shouldn't have a problem.... That is until they lose your luggage with everything in it... Be safe and good luck.
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-08-13:
Thanks all for the feedback thus far. I will be arriving later at night, with the stores closed, so the option of picking things up on the way to my hotel won't be available to me. The rules change daily and there's no way to keep up with it all. Anyone learning of something new or a change, please keep me posted. Others might be interested as well.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-08-13:
If you're staying at a hotel, you can send a package ahead of time, address to the hotel, with the attention of your name and write your arrival date on it... they will hold it at the front desk for your arrival. I've sent packages that way.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-08-14:
Today, they announced you can take on a small carry on..still no liquids, but you can take solid lipstick...wow!
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-08-20:
Thanks for your comments. Just learned today on a United post by boykman, Tracy M suggested going to the site www.tsa.gov to get the latest updates. Learned something was not allowed that once was.

I called Delta yesterday to ask out if my departure time could be changed to an earlier flight..standby if you will. Was told there is a $25.00 charge to fly standby, something new offered by Delta. Anyone heard of this? I'm not talking about changing dates, only taking an earlier flight out on a standby basis.

I've never flown standby in my life, some of you have ..last minute business plans, family emergency that sort of thing. I have one close connection and thought it might be a good idea to leave on the earlier flight. Arrive earlier, perch on a limb and watch the people pass by, no problem for me.

Anyone else heard of this new "offering" by the airlines, or is it just Delta?
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-08-20:
Just realized I didn't relate the whole story, if you will. Delta will allow you to call 3 hours in advance of your flight and if there are empty seats will allow those with confirmed seats on a later flight to change them to an earlier flight. Perhaps that is the difference.

If you are just there in the terminal with tickets for a later flight, can you hop on board as a standby at no additional charge?

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