(Closed) Flying for the First Time- Eeek!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@brendaray2009:  It’s ok! I think a lot depends on your personality and where you are flying to/from.  Are you going through a big city? Small non-hub airports almost never have the backscatter/full-body scans, usually a regular metal detector.  Even with the full-bdy ones, most people will not get a pat-down. Make sure your pockets are completely empty–not even paper in your pockets! Take off your shoes/cardigan/jacket, etc, put them in a bin. Get there early.  

I fly ALL the time (at least 1-2 times a month, often more), and I’ve gotten quite zen about it all.  I’ve only gotten the pat-down ONCE, and it was a random selection screen. It was 100% fine, not awkward, they were very quick and kind and efficient, and it was a woman. The horror stories are terrible but not the norm.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just follow the rules on the TSA website and you should be fine. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/index.shtm

The worst things I had (which weren’t bad at all) were getting my backpack searched because I had an asthma inhaler in it (I always brought the box with the prescription just in case) so my carry on always got searched at big airports (but not little ones lol).  And once I had a big laptop backback with a bunch of electronics in it so they went through it.  Oh, and I had too many packs of matches when I came back from Ireland so they left a little “sorry these violated the rules” type thing in my checked suitcase and took what was past the limit.

Just stay clam, follow directions and if they want to search something be nice and understanding.  They are usually great about “Is it ok if I look through this”, “is it ok if I open this zipper”.  I always tell them no problem, I understand, it’s fine, etc.

Really they have a pretty thankless job, and of course there’s going to be some who are jerks, but for the most part treat them well and they treat you well.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Thousands and thousands of people fly every day without any incident.  There is absoutely nothing to worry about when it comes to security.

If you freak out and look anxious, you might get pulled for a detailed search, so calm yourself down now. 

 

I fly regularly and the only time I got a detailed screening was on the first flight from Boston to Regan after 9/11.  If memory serves, a plane from that route was involved in the attacks, so it was totally understandable.  Safest flight I ever took.  I bet there were 10 air marshalls on there.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I still get butterflies in my stomach for take-off and landings and I’ve flown a hundred times at least! ๐Ÿ™‚ As a PP mentioned, just make sure that all of your carry-on items meet TSA rules and you will prevent any hold-ups at the security check point. Other than that, bring some bubble-gum to chew for take off to keep your ears from popping too much, a good book and wear layers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you ever get even a little congested or have allergies, take some cold medicine with decongestants in it (like dayquil) before you fly. seriously my ears will hurt so much unless i do this, its truly a lifesaver!

otherwise i’d advise taking some entertainment, headphones, book, etc. many people fly all the time. as long as you are calm, patient, upbeat, understanding or other travelers, you’ll be fine!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sigh.

I think people make WAY too much out of the TSA screenings. I’ve flown over 100 times since 9/11 and think it’s really not a big deal. And, 3 1/2 hours will be over before you know it!! Remember that liquids in your carry on must be in 3 oz or smaller containers, and all the containers must fit in a quart sized baggie (and be taken out of the carry on bag for screening). Laptops have to be taken out of your bag. You will have to take your shoes off and put them on the conveyor belt.

I’d just google the process so it goes smoothly and you won’t feel flustered ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@brendaray2009:  lol, many others may disagree with me, but Newark is probably my favorite airport. It just has a lot in terms of eating/shopping, and if I get bumped there is always another flight to get put on. And I just loooove the view of the NYC skyline.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@brendaray2009:  Just be prepared and know the rules.  I hate dealing with security as well, but it’s a necessary evil.  Have your ziploc bag with liquids ready if you’re carrying on.  Be ready with your shoes and jacket off to go through the metal detector.  Newark and JFK are HUGE so just leave yourself plenty of time.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bearlove:  I must always wind up at the crappy terminal at Newark then. All I usually find is a crappy coffee/sandwich place and a newstand.

Post # 14
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1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@kimm99:  lol, I think one of the reasons I like it is that it has a bunch of pre-security restaurants, and because I usually go to Newark when leaving my parents’ house they can sit and eat with me there before I have to go (/because usually my flight gets delayed and they are nice enough to chill with me for a while lol)…maybe it’s because I associate it with visiting family hahaha

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@brendaray2009:  I hate heights and I just flew for the first time this year. It was a pretty small plane, which I think is actually scarier. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty tense during takeoff and landing, but otherwise it wasn’t bad. I actually really enjoyed looking out the window. I chewed gum and sipped a ginger ale, which helped me relax a bit. When I was bored with looking out the window, I played games on my iPad.

As for airport security, it was pretty painless, but it was also a very small airport. We were even told to leave our wedding rings on, as they would not set off the metal detectors. I read all the guidelines in advance and got there way early, so I felt pretty well prepared.

Just give yourself plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed, that should make it a lot less stressful for you. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@iheartnerds:  This is correct. If your rings are gold or platinum they will not set off the metal detector

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