For all the perks like art galleries and sleeping pods that airports add to their terminals, the deciding factor for many travelers is still whether or not they can get through check-in and security smoothly.
Globalization happens at institutions like LAX, and they world, ideally, becomes a more friendly place because of it. At the same time, you have to wonder what an American city really is if we cannot get comfortable with, and in, public space.
Whether you're making a tight connection or you just left your house a little late, you'll zip to the gate without getting lost, hung up at security, or delayed by other people if you follow these 10 tips.
Security is the big picture. Security is in the finest details. Security is software and hardware. Security is awareness, intelligence and vigilance. ...
As a seasoned traveler who's vacationed plenty with my own kids and meets new families flying every day, I pulled together some tips that all parents should keep in mind so they can spend less time stressing at the airport and more time relaxing with loved ones.
It seems a little silly, I know, making a ceremonial occasion on an x-ray scanner in a bustling airport, but it was oddly moving too -- a moment of humanity in the middle of a dehumanizing process.
As a 100,000-mile-a-year flyer, allow me to include a few individuals who, while not dangerous, still are menaces to the quality of air travel. If witnessed, they should be removed from security lines immediately, primarily so they don't suffer bodily harm at the hands of fellow passengers.
Wrapped in our own suffocating vail of self-importance we, our nation's security apparatus, freely admits that we cannot protect our citizens or guests and keep our shoes on while doing it (no matter what the technologists say).
Fortunately, a few programs let you avoid some of the worst of those lines, at least sometimes, and at some airports and borders. The key is to get into a "trusted traveler" program. Once in, you can bypass at least some of the usual repetitive hassles every time you travel.
Although the TSA is set to expand its popular PreCheck fast lanes this fall, the agency is under pressure to speed up screening for even more fliers, so all aspects of the checkpoint experience are being scrutinized.
There is only one way to end a perfect, blissful, stress-free vacation. And that is to create mayhem on the trip back.
And I can't imagine what it must have been like to be John Prince, a 12-year-old on an old rivet-covered plane, flying high above his Canadian homeland, listening to the flight attendant shout out directions, because there was no PA system.
Once again Americans find themselves with a nationwide change in screening policies that defies common sense.
Live life in the fast lane. Here are 10 smart tricks for skipping lines at airports, attractions, cruise terminals, car-rental counters and hotels.
We all accept the fact that money can buy extra privileges. But what the hell is a government subsidized two class system which favors rich folks at the expense of not just less wealthy air travelers, but all taxpayers, doing at public airports?
Given the TSA's special interest in cultural sensitivity absent cultural knowledge, I recommend adding "none of the above" to the aforementioned list, as many Muslims on the move take advantage of a loophole in the Ramadan rulebook, which explicitly exempts travelers from fasting.