Simple holiday travel etiquette

MEGAN PINCKNEY | 12/7/2017, 4:50 p.m.
It’s no secret that the holidays are one of the most hectic times of the year to travel by plane.

You can help everyone get through the TSA security line faster and to the flight faster by adhering to every TSA regulation and guideline. Most travelers’ bags are flagged and screened again because of their failure to pack less than 3.4 ounces of liquids. Make sure any home-cooked food (soups, dressings, gravy, etc.) you plan to take to or from your family’s home this holiday also follows this rule. It’s also good to know that TSA agents have every right to unwrap a gift. Therefore, it may be easier to wrap your gifts once you get to your final destination.

Keep lines moving quickly by staying prepared

One of the simplest and easiest, but best, ways to help out your fellow passengers this season is by being prepared. Take out your TSA-approved ID (driver’s license from most states or passport) and printed boarding pass (or have your digital copy already pulled up on your phone) well before you reach the first TSA agent in line. Keep your boarding pass handy so that you can easily grab it when boarding your plane.

Smell pleasant

For most people, simple hygiene isn’t a terrible problem. But for a select few, it just seems to be more difficult. And trust me, there’s nothing worse than having to sit next to someone who reeks throughout an entire cross-country flight. Simply ask yourself a few questions before you leave for the airport: When was the last time I showered? Did I just do something that made me sweat a lot? Have I recently applied deodorant or some kind of fragrance? When was the last time this outfit (including coat/outerwear) was washed? Hopefully these questions will help you determine if, in your current state, you should be sitting inches away from strangers for hours.

Keep your feet locked away

Avoid revealing your feet to your fellow passengers. Some body parts shouldn’t be shared with strangers, and feet are definitely some of them. Keep your feet in your socks. If you must take off your shoes, make sure your socks are completely clean. Bring a pair of clean socks for your carry-on just in case you aren’t wearing any—or the ones you are wearing aren’t very clean.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.