Category: Flight

Love them or hate them, the TSA has an amazing Instagram page

Here in the USA (and I’m assuming also among those from other places who have traveled to the USA as well), the TSA has a bit of a reputation for being a disagreeable bunch. Supporters tout their necessity and how they help keep us safe, but the rest of us just feel a little dehumanized when shuffled through airport security while we’re poked, prodded, and questioned on the contents of our snack bags. 

Love them or hate them, however, there is one thing that’s indisputable…the TSA’s social media team is top notch! 

If you haven’t had the chance to check out their Instagram page yet, you’ll be surprised by how…well…delightful it is. 

So, without further adieu, I give you a selection of TSA Instagram posts that made me smile. 

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Eating Gluten Free on a Flight

If you’re like me and you have dietary restrictions of any kind, you’ll know the routine of packing your snack bag before a flight. While many airlines do offer special meals to accommodate a number of different dietary restrictions on their long-haul flights, I know from experience that the food you receive may or may not satisfy you. Furthermore, you never know when unexpected delays are going to leave you spending the night in an airport with limited (or no) options for you. I always follow the rule that it’s best to be prepared, and it never fails to be a good decision.

Being Prepared for When You Have to Sleep in the Airport

As I’m sure any of you who read my recent rant about American Airlines are well aware of, I recently spent a cold, uncomfortable night in the Jacksonville International Airport due to a diverted flight. 

While some of the things I had brought along with me on the trip ended up being lifesavers that night, there were a few things I found myself wishing I had with me. You can’t always guarantee you’re going to make it to your destination and spend the night in a warm bed, so it’s best to prepare yourself for these kinds of eventualities whenever possible. A few things thrown into your carry-on can make all the difference in the world. These are the things I suggest you pack for your next flight to ensure you can make the most of a tough situation when it happens.

Why I’ll Never Fly American Airlines Again

American Airlines is, by far, the worst airline I’ve ever flown with and I’ll never fly with them again. I usually try to keep this blog fairly positive but I also like to keep it honest with my reviews of various products and services related to travel as I want others to benefit from my experiences. In this case, I have basically no choice but to write a scathing review of my experiences with American Airlines. 

Airports You Can Actually Enjoy.

If you’re like me and you hate dealing with the airport, you’ll be happy to know that some airports around the world have added some amenities that make your time there more pleasant. When I was recently at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, I stayed in a nice hotel that was inside of the International Airport terminal. They had rooms outside of security, where I stayed, but they also had rooms inside of the secure area, so that even travelers only in Tokyo for a long layover could find a place to lay their heads for the night. I’ll go into that more in a bit, but I was inspired by my experience to do a little research on airports around the world that offer up some great amenities to travelers. If you’re planning a trip that involves any of these airports, make sure to check out these awesome bonuses and your travels will be just a little more relaxing.

Take a Spontaneous Trip with Last Minute Travel Deals!

Sometimes it’s nice to just be spontaneous with your travel. If you’re looking for a last minute deal on a little getaway, there are a dizzying array of sites and services out there looking for help you out with that. The thing is, many different travel-related companies such as airlines and hotels are looking to fill their open spots at the last minute and they are usually willing to give you a deal in order to fill up those spots. From their perspective, giving you a discount will still make them more of a profit then leaving those seats or rooms empty, so it’s a win-win scenario.

Anyway, if you’re interested in a last minute, spontaneous trip, here are some resources for you to find a deal:

Avoiding fees on ultra-budget airlines

As somebody who is constantly on the lookout for ways to make travel an affordable reality in my life, I’ve naturally taken an interest in ultra-budget airlines such as Spirit and Frontier. For a while I actually shied away from them entirely, opting to fly with Southwest Airlines for nearly all of my domestic travel (I do love Southwest Airlines). However, airlines such as Spirit and Frontier do have some of the most affordable rates around, so they are worth taking a look at.

Making a Layover Suck Less

Let’s face it: layovers suck. Who wants to spend hours upon hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair in an airport terminal, listening to announcements over the loud speaker, babies crying, and people coughing? Certainly not me. As a traveler, however, layovers are a fact of life. I’m a big fan of flying nonstop whenever possible. Sometimes, however, there are times when a layover is inevitable due to available routes, or direct flights being more expensive.