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Flying

RhinoRhino TheRhinLOLRegistered User regular
edited March 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So we have a vacation in May.

What's this deal with flying? I've read horror stories on the internet about "cancer inducing" xray machines to TSA genial groping. Not sure how much is over dramatic news and how much is true?

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    There was a thread on this about a week ago that should answer your questions.

    It's pretty much all overdramatic bullshit. Just don't be an idiot and you'll be fine.

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    SneakertSneakert Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I would not call it overdramatic. Privacy invasion is NEVER cool. But the cancer thing is bull. Groping is fun.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Sneakert wrote: »
    I would not call it overdramatic. Privacy invasion is NEVER cool. But the cancer thing is bull. Groping is fun.

    Let's not turn this into Debate & Discussion. Ceres will kill us.

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    That_Spoony_BardThat_Spoony_Bard Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Esh wrote: »
    Sneakert wrote: »
    I would not call it overdramatic. Privacy invasion is NEVER cool. But the cancer thing is bull. Groping is fun.

    Let's not turn this into Debate & Discussion. Ceres will kill us.

    She's bound to someday.

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Just finished with a trip, and well...let's just say that me and Delta aren't on speaking terms at the moment. That said, I do have some advice.

    The biggest is to be prepared for anything. The margins in the airline business are razor thin, and as such, everything is run on a just in time model. Needless to say, this means that one small problem can wind up becoming a cascade failure. Plan your trip accordingly. And this also means having contact info if you end up getting your schedule messed up totally. If you wind up on a long layover (2+ hours), consider buying a day pass for the airline's lounge. For Delta, you can usually get a discounted pass for $39 from a kiosk.

    Second, pack for success. You should definitely have a wall mount USB charger (and I recommend a two port model, personally) as well as charging cables for your phone and any other gadgets you have with you. When not in use, cables go in a clear ziploc bag, so that they can be removed and handled at the security checkpoint as a single item (learned this the hard way, folks - be smart and let my pain be your gain.)

    Third, the securtiy checkpoint is going to be the same. Make sure you you have your boarding pass and proof of identity (passport/ drivers license) ready when you get to the agent at the entry to the checkpoint. You'll also want to forego a belt if you can, and wear easily removable shoes. Computers have be removed from your bag unless they are in a authorized slipcover.

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    lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~ Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I just flew halfway around the world last month.

    the security was not an issue at all. I went through all the proper channels. everything was bagged, sized, and done properly. no liquids over 3oz, everything ni separate ziploc baggies, all electronics out and in separate things, no over shirt or jacket, slippers on your feet.

    The radar xray scanning thing wasn't bad. you stand there, they take a picture, you go through. the end.

    I did actually get scanned and hand checked as well, but that was because the agent misunderstood the guy behind the Xray. he wanted her to check the other lady in black pants, not me. so I got a quick go over and then the other lady did as well.

    No big deal. She ran her gloved hands over my back and my arms and my legs. It was not invasive, it was uncomfortable in the slightest.


    So long as you are patient, and you plan to leaver yourself plenty of travel time, you'll be fine.


    Also, if you haven't picked an airline, I strongly highly emphatically suggest Southwest. I love flying on their planes, their staff are fantastic, the food was actually pretty tasty, and their 'first check in first on the plane' thing is nice. so is the no fees for bags.

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    zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Where are you flying to/from? Some airports are miserable, some are great.

    You'll be exposed to more radiation while in the air than in the airport no matter what machines they scan you with, so don't worry about it.

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