It's not the flying that's tough, it's getting to the plane in the first place
I recently flew back to Utah to see people I care about but haven't seen in a very long time. Flying is something I don't do often. The last time I flew anywhere was from Duluth, Minnesota, to Chicago. That was long after 9/11. Strict security measures were in place then so I wasn't a total newbie this time around.
But what I discovered is the security gauntlet is different depending on where you are. Duluth seemed an utter madhouse at the time, although, part of that was my fault. It was my first time through the "taking my shoes off" security routine. O'Hare, on the other hand, seemed to have things streamlined and I breezed through on the way back.
Just So You Know...
This time, I discovered a couple of things about getting through security. First, breakfast bars are suspect. I am not sure why but the breakfast bars I had in a bag with other snack food items caused a lot of scrutiny in both airports. They let me keep my bars. At least I wouldn't starve.
And another thing — don't wear any type of shoulder padding when you fly. I didn't even know there was slight padding in the top I wore coming home. But, my shoulders set off an alarm. A simple shoulder pat, much like a parent does to a child, by the TSA agent cleared me. I had nightmares of strip searches before that shoulder pat, though.
You, Your Bread Maker & Airport Security
Did you know you can take a bread machine through security? That's one of the many odd items that are on the approved "What can I bring?" list. I really like my bread machine but I didn't feel the need to take it with me to Salt Lake. But, that's just me.
You can't bring bowling pins through the checkpoint, but boxing gloves are OK. And, your tortilla press? Bring it on. Leave the paint thinner at home, though. It's not allowed in either carry-on or checked baggage.
Let's face it, TSA agents have a tough job. Massive numbers of people come through those lines and lives depend on agents catching dangerous items. A salute to those hard-working folks. And, they're job's not all tedious. In fact, people have tried to bring awfully strange items through security. Like these...
Of course, I knew better than to take anything even remotely resembling the above list of "what were they thinking" objects. I didn't think about the shoulder pads, though. Live and learn.