Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of May 25
Join the Ghost Adventure gang as they head off to Portland, and see how the maids got Bert back for his pranks. All this and more in this week's Hosts Exposed.
Cut Lines With Pre-ScreeningSigning up for TSA PreCheck can save time via dedicated lines where shoes stay on and laptops remain packed. Fast Track Global Entry makes sense for jetsetters with disposal income who don’t want to stand in the customs line. Both require advance paperwork and fees. 960 1280
Pack SmartPros pack with clothes at the bottom and oddly shaped items such as a hair dryer and shoes on top. Pack all the jewelry you will wear that day in an outside pocket of your carry-on, and then put it on once you pass through security so you don't have to take it off and put it on again. This enables the screener to work faster, saving time and keeping you moving. Savvy travelers also carry nothing on their person: no wallet, no keys, no gum. 960 1280
Get AlertsMany security checkpoint wait times are accessible via an airport’s website. Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta uses Trak-a-Line and will even email you when a line gets longer. MiFlight does the same for 50 major airports. Traffic jams can also put the brakes on smooth sailing. Check your drive time on an app like Waze, which gives you an ETA and reroutes you if there’s heavy traffic. 960 1280
Be Liquid FreeThere are plenty of TSA-friendly concentrated waterless products and collapsible refillable water bottles so that flying through security is a breeze. For example, Lush Cosmetics offers dry shampoos and conditioners, toothpaste in tablet form and solid moisturizing bars that are great for an in-flight refresher. Silicone Bubi Bottles roll up, fit in the palm of your hand and come in many sizes. 960 1280
Use Airport Apps
Flio connects you to airport WiFi connection and helps locate amenities like power outlets, play areas for kids and connecting gates. If you’re delayed or have some extra terminal time, FlySmart has reviews of terminal restaurants and shops by fellow travelers. The directionally challenged will love iFly, which uses GPS to help you reach that connecting gate without walking the way wrong.
Dress Like a Pro
Invest in a “plane outfit” consisting of classic items in dark or neutral colors made from breathable fabrics like cotton and cashmere. A nice poncho, like this one from Minnie Rose, subs as a blanket and is easily packed. Shorts, flip-flops and warm-ups make you look like an amateur. No gate agent is going to randomly upgrade a passenger wearing anything that makes noise when you walk.
Mind Your MannersIf you think you’re stressed, think of the men and women who do it every day. Should an emergency occur, they’re the ones who will help keep calm and even save lives, so show some respect. Treated with courtesy, a flight attendant might even slide you a free beverage or extra peanuts. One polite gesture can go a long way, on that long 2,134 mile route from ATL to LAX. 960 1280
Traveling with Kevin Smith? Be prepared to share elbow room or catch a different flight. The movie director was thrown off a Southwest Airlines plane even after he bought 2 seats -- policy requires larger passengers buy 2 seats. Kevin was on standby, boarded a plane that had an available seat, but the captain would eventually oust him off. 960 1280
Think before you make travel plans with Dave Chapelle. While flying on a private jet, the comedian grabbed the pilot's arms and asked how long the flight would be. The pilot made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after Chapelle freaked the crew out. Dave's publicist said he just had to use the bathroom. Sorry, Dave, but if a trip to the restroom results in an emergency landing, you're probably doing it wrong. 960 1280
Keep a safe distance from Paris Hilton. You never know what might show up in her "friend's" purse. The celeb was busted for cocaine possesion in Las Vegas last August. At the World Cup in South Africa, she was arrested after marijauna was found in a purse she claimed belonged to a friend. The charges for the latter case were dropped. 960 1280
It's best if you steer clear of Charlie Sheen altogether. He's already started the New Year off in the tabloids, taking Vodka shots with 'female companions' in Las Vegas. Charlie's latest scandal comes a few months after the actor flipped out in the New York Plaza Hotel, forcing his paid trickster to lock herself in the bathroom. 960 1280
You really can't travel with Lindsay Lohan because she's usually spending time in bars, behind bars or in rehab. Since 2007, Lindsay has been busted for 2 DUIs. Don't count on her to keep her travel documents straight either. In May 2010, the celeb told a judge she missed her court date because someone stole her passport after a trip to Cannes. It wasn't because she was partying into the wee hours of the morning? 960 1280