For the first time in a while, I'm home for the holidays. And considering that there's been an uproar about the "virtual stripsearch," I'm glad I'm staying home. And with horrendous lines at O'Hare, who can blame me?
First things first: Security. I really don't believe these new layers will help catch anyone who is intent on doing bad. I've been through the full body scanner a few times, and one time I required a patdown after the full body scanner. Why, I don't know. I'm truly worried about stories of people with urostomy bags and prosthetic breasts (post-breast cancer surgery) are getting invasive patdowns.
However, it being the holiday season, here are some pieces of advice for those brave souls venturing out at O'Hare or Midway this week:
1) Arrive at the airport plenty early. You'll no doubt be encountering the "once a year" fliers and crowds/lines galore.
2) Be patient. I know this is easier said than done, but honestly - you need to.
3) Bring a book/something to do. No doubt it'll be a case of "hurry up and wait," but you'll need something to do to kill off time.
4) Eat before you go. Expect every eatery at the airport to be jammed packed.
5) Double-check yourself before you get into the security line. The whole "remove metallic objects" dance helps speed things up.
6) Be patient. Things will suck. Sorry about that.
The holidays are frustrating enough, so if you can, muster up the smile and get a good book to read while waiting at the airport this week.
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