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The 10 Commandments Of Air Travel

Thinking about taking a plane to get to your vacation destination this summer? Just keep these key things in mind. 

A recent trip to South Carolina definitely required a flight for me! I was thrilled to go, but I’d be traveling alone this time, which wasn’t typical. Here’s some things that I might have been hyper aware of while I was on the plane. I just think we’d all make airline travel a little more pleasant if we followed these subtle rules.


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Thou Shalt Not Hog The Armrest



Seriously, nobody likes that guy. Don’t do it. A nice compromise is having no armrest between you.


Photo by Sean Gallup
Photo by Sean Gallup


Thou Shalt Shower



Nobody wants to sit next the person with bad BO. It’s just that simple.




Thou Must Arrive At The Airport At Least Two Hours Early



If we’re being honest, flying out of RST is an easier process than it is for most airports. You could get away arriving there an hour before your flight, and probably be okay.

For MSP, or most other airports, give yourself two hours to save yourself and security a major headache. You won’t have to rush.


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Thou Shalt Refrain From Using Black Luggage



EVERYONE has black bags. Get creative, and consider a different color. You’ll find your bags at baggage claim easier, and if (god forbid) the airport loses yours it’ll be easier to track.




Thou Shalt Contain Backpacks



Let’s not hit folks in the face as you’re taking your seat on the plane, k?


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Thou Shalt Check ‘The Board’



Do yourself, and others, a favor by checking the arrivals/departures board regularly. Gates change constantly. Don’t force yourself to rush by staying ahead of changes a head of time.


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Thou Shalt Mind ‘The Liquids Rule’



You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

Don’t be surprised if anything larger is confiscated by TSA.


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Thou Shalt Refrain From ‘The Fashion Show’



Jewelry, chains, things that look “cute” but are metal, are definitely not a good idea to wear at the airport. TSA will make you take them off anyway, and you’ll just hold the line.

It’s not a fashion show, just be comfy when you’re going through the airport.




Headphones On Means World ‘Off’



Is the person sitting next to you wearing headphones? Cool. That means they want to drift off aimlessly, and not have a conversation at the moment. Just… keep that in mind.


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Thou Shalt Ignore Bad Attitudes



I know that it can seem like TSA and airport employees are pushy, or have a bad attitude. Ignore it. You’re going to be sitting on a beach, or looking at gorgeous mountains, once you land anyway.


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