Any tips on flying?

BuckNrut

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Have to fly to Jacksonville soon. Only flown twice in my life. Wondering what tips anyone might have to make the experience go fast and easy?

Thanks
 

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Be at the airport atleast an hour before you're supposed to board. Book to read may help....

Last year working in the Richmond Va area.... I was flying home on Thursday night or Friday morning, then back to the job Monday afternoon.... every two weeks. From Nashville to Richmond or Norfolk.... usually via Charlotte NC, Jacksonville FL, or Detroit MI.... we went through Atlanta GA once... only had 2 direct flights in 7 months of that ritual.... made for alot of plane hopping!!!
 

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Literally fixing to get on a SW flight to Jacksonville, as I type.

Check their deals, got $79 each way. You just about can't beat SouthWest. If you want to spend an extra $10 each way pay for early boarding pass OR check in on line @24 hours before flight to get decent seats.

I was gonna answer with a smart one like 'grow wings'.
 

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I'm a million-miler on Delta. MILLION MILER� BALANCE
1,230,518. You'd think I get perks-I do get to cut some lines and then get really angry looks from the other passengers.

Wear socks. Don't wear boots. wear pants that won't fall off when you take your belt off. Don't even think about carry on luggage with fluids in them, you gotta do the baggies thing and they better be 3 ounces or less and not six of one thing. If you have surgical steel or plastic inside your skin, be sure you announce that. Don't be offended (right at the moment anyway) when they wanna frisk you. One smart-aleck word can have you standing in the concourse as your plane pulls away and there is Z E R O you can do about it.

I am praying pratically the entire time I go through security, having had a fairly unpleasant experience. Many of the TSA are
hired based on how arrogant and condescending they can be, at least they sure act that way. For enjoyment, look at the ladies who get xrayed twice and the agents ain;t looking at body armor. You need a valid drivers license at the initial checkpoint and tuck it & ticket away immediately, amazing how you can misplace those things.

Bring your own snacks. A bag of M&M's is 7 bucks on board.

If the plane crashes and you are turned into chum for the bugs, be sure your heirs get the proper cash without a lawyer. Works out to around one milllion per kid and 3 million for your spouse, those I believe are the most recent payouts.

I really enjoy flying. Have a great flight.
 

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Yes.... and be prepared to take it out of the case so they can run it through the scanner.... laptop goes in a tray, bag will go in another tray, and your carry-on and pocket items will also go through.
 

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shoes that come off easy no belt if you can no liquids if you can avoid it pack a change of cloths and meds you would need for a day or two at min in carry on or in your pocket. Checked luggage gets lost a lot and some carry on gets misplaced on occasions when they put it under the plain. Not often though. Go early get through the security and then go to the terminal and keep an eye for changing terminals. Chicago is bad about that.
 

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Leave your favorite pocket knife at home....just ask my son.

Drink plenty of fluids....don't worry the latrines are kinda interesting.

Ask for isle seat on the exit row if possible....a little more room.

enjoy
 

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Am I thinking right that I can take a duffel bag and backpack as carry on and I check my suitcase in and it goes under the plane?
 

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Yes, but $25 to check luggage. You get two carry ons. Not sure how big your Duffle bag is, but you might have to check it before boarding.
 

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Jack Daniels taken liberally before boarding, during flight and the entire time you are Jacksonville.

I had no idea jacksonville, IL had a commercial airport.
 

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I flew Monday evening. ANd again Tuesday morning. Weather caused my flight to S-curve from Memphis to Atlanta until I was practically dizzy. With all the bad weather, my connecting flight did not wait one freaking minute. I was off the plane 3 minutes after the scheduled dearture time of my connector flight and it was already gone. Thank you Delta. I wonder if the read TNDeer????

Weather=no help from Delta. Oh yeah, I got a discounted room at some junk joint place, great. Cost me half a day's pay.
 

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BuckNrut said:
Am I thinking right that I can take a duffel bag and backpack as carry on and I check my suitcase in and it goes under the plane?

It depends on the size of the duffle bag. Check the carry-on baggage size restrictions for your airline. On my last flight they were making an issue of some of that stuff.

And, be aware that having certain shapes in your carry-on baggage can make it almost a guarantee that you will be closely checked after it is x-rayed. I've been pulled aside the last two years while bringing my wife some huckleberry fudge from WYellowstone, MT. In both cases, I was anticipating the scrutiny. In a pound box it has the shape (and color when opened) of a block of C4 plastique explosives. The first time the guy just did a quick smell taste after I showed him my LE credentials. Last year they did one of the swabs for explosive residue per their new? protocol.

I had allowed enough time for the check in process, so it did not bother me in the least. I was appreciative that they were looking for stuff that could blow up my plane.
 

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Thanks for all the info. Had no problems with luggage and what not. They did strip me almost to my drawers letting me in, took my laptop out of backpack? , and made me walk barefooted through some catscan machine.

Them Canadair small jump plane jets are scary from Knoxville to Charlotte. Gotta go from Charlotte to Knoxville Friday in the dark :O. I had sweaty palms whole way there and my socks were soaking wet!
 

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