Join Free! | Login 

   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: J.-F. Bouchard, iMark Sutton, iAlan Cook, iRussell Williams, iKellee Stone, iRichard Sharp, iStan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski), i
  Home > Travel > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Sara Coslett

  + Follow Me   

· 682 titles
· 6,772 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
Member Since: Dec, 2002

   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

Subscribe to the Sara Coslett Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"

Short Stories
· To "Mom's" Family -- With Love

· Life's Comedy - Or How Not to Catch a Snake

· Ruff Work

· Plagiarism in an Online Community

· I'm Not All Liberal

· How Many Terrorists Does it Take...

· A Letter to Mankind

· Tax Cuts - A Simple Lesson In Economics

· What Is An American?

· A Line in the Sand

· Unfunny God

· Standing By

· To love . . .

· Give Me Strength

· No Place Like Love

· Climbing Silence Hill

· The Wolfy Pack

· Circling the Work Wagon

· Advance -fee Fraud aka Nigerian Letter Scam

· The Obama Generation

         More poetry...
· Global Nation

Sara Coslett, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

Road Warrior Cries the Blues
By Sara Coslett
Posted: Friday, October 08, 2004
Last edited: Friday, October 08, 2004
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.
Share    Print   Save   Become a Fan
Recent stories by Sara Coslett
· To "Mom's" Family -- With Love
· Life's Comedy - Or How Not to Catch a Snake
           >> View all 3
A woman in the security check point line commented on how complicated flying it today. I replied, "Only when you don't know what you are doing." So here is some info on how to do it with ease.


As a frequent, frequent flyer, I have witnessed some of the dumbest things in the security check point line at the airport. As we all should know by now, shoes are a no-no. So please, I implore everyone who is about to embark on a trip that involves flying, DO NOT WEAR BOOTS. Yes, I know, winter is coming up, and there are all these hot looking boots in the stores right now, and you just canít wait to show off how cool and fashionable you are. Forget it. When flying wear slides, sandals, clogs, whatever you can slip off and slip back on. I canít tell you how many times Iíve seen the line held up while some chick tries to liberate her foot from a well fitted boot, without the benefit of a chair. Itís not pretty. So pack those damn boots.

Now there are a few other issues that seem to have everyone stumped. If you are traveling with a laptop, remove it from your case while standing in line. Hold it in your hand until you get to the conveyor belt, and then place it in a tray. If you are wearing a jacket, it needs to come off and placed in a rectangular tray. If anything is in your pockets, they need to be removed and placed in a round tray, not a rectangular one, a round one. TSA gets really upset if you donít follow protocol. If you are wearing a hat, it goes right onto the conveyor, do not put it in a tray. All bags, boxes, purses, and computer cases, need to be laid flat onto the conveyor. Do not leave them standing up.

To speed this whole mess up even more put things on the conveyor belt in order of how you will be putting them back on your body. So if you are like me, the backpack goes on first, then the computer case, then the laptop, then the shoes. This way when my back pack comes out I fling it over both of my shoulders while waiting for the computer case. Once the case arrives I situate it with the opening up, this makes it a quick process of putting the laptop back inside. I then fling that over one shoulder, at which point my shoes have now exited from the tunnel of security. I throw then on the floor and slide my feet into them. Then I run like hell for my gate because I have just had to wait an inordinate amount of time for the two well-groomed, but totally clueless women in the fancy spike heeled boots (that do not have zippers), wrestle with their boots, purses, hats, jackets, computers, shopping bags and all manner of useless carryon baggage, before I can carry out my well thought out process of getting through the security check point at the airport without a hassle.


Copyright © 2004 Sara Coslett


Reader Reviews for "Road Warrior Cries the Blues"

Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Membership?
Click here to Join!

Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti
Great tips, Sara, or you can also do like me -- drive.
Reviewed by F William Broome
Sara - This is great for those who fly these days. Why in hell don't the airlines print a quickie flyer with this stuff? It is interesting, even though I don't fly much, anymore. From this, I'm glad I don't Thank you.- Bill
Reviewed by Huda Orfali
Oh, I know the feeling in airports
I wish they could invent some camera where you don't need to take anything off
just pass thru and they see down to the underwear :)
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
Solid information surrounded by humor. Gotta love it. Thanks, Sara.
Reviewed by Jennifer Holly MacDonald
Simplicity is so under-rated anymore. And don't even get me started on the ridiculousness of "fashion boots". Your article was humourous but full of excellent advice.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Nice to hear from another wise seasoned traveler, and some wonderful advice, Sara. I just wish others would heed it and learn. I got so tired of the constant hassles and delays caused by the people you speak of, I now drive most everywhere; and I'm much happier these days.

Truly hope frequent fliers heed your sage advice.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Hehehehehe...this reminded me when my luggage was over weight...I had to unpack almost 7 pounds of chocolates to reduce the penalty to still another 40 pounds overweight...I had to take all those chocolates as hand luggage...and I had a overload of books already...and the moment I was doe with the security check tha baggy with the chocolates fell and all landed spreaded over the damn floor...I picked it up and the last sa 20 cubes or so ..I just left it on the conveyor and told the staff they could have it. You musta seen the joy on their faces...Everybody just started to laugh and the tention was gone!!

Take are Dear one!!

Love Tinka

Popular Travel Stories
1. Waiting for Elephants
2. The Evocative Power of Scent
3. The Divided Heart of Cyprus
5. The Magic of Maine
6. WHERE Is the Road?
7. Russian Odyssey
8. Le pauvre et le riche
9. Social Intelligence in South Beach

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.