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.

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Cut Lines With Pre-Screening

Cut Lines With Pre-Screening

Signing 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 Smart

Pack Smart

Pros 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 Alerts

Get Alerts

Many 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 Free

Be Liquid Free

There 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

  

Carry On, Carry On

Carry On, Carry On

Don’t check bags unless you’re going on a month-long adventure. You’ve already waited around at check-in, don’t create even more opportunities to wait in lines. 960 1280

  

Use Airport Apps

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.

 

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Dress Like a Pro

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. 

 

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Don't Cut Corners

Don't Cut Corners

Don’t skimp on your luggage. Look for pieces that keep all your documents and devices in one easily accessible place. Quality bags will hopefully last a lifetime; a cheap one could fall apart on an unexpected layover in Toledo.  960 1280

  

Mind Your Manners

Mind Your Manners

If 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

  

Smart Bag

Smart Bag

A duffel bag or large backpack or other soft bag is the preferred choice for frequent travelers because it can be easily crammed into the overhead bin and is far less likely to be taken away from you to be checked at the gate. 960 1280

  

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Stink bugs are here ' encased in the patio door, inside the home. Beware: If you kill them, the stink bomb is released. 960 1280

  

Easily identified by the red marking on its abdomen, the black widow spider is the most venomous spider in North America. 960 1280

  

The cicadas' annoying clicking sound is heard throughout the mid-Eastern and Atlantic regions 365 days a year. 960 1280

  

Where there is standing water, there is a mosquito ' waiting patiently to suck your blood. 960 1280

  

Nothing to fear from this pest but fear itself. They're big and some fly. Watch out for cockroachs. 960 1280

  

Known to some as "rats with wings," pigeons beg for food in cities both big and small. Just say no. 960 1280

  

We love their honey but not their sting. Be careful when hiking or playing outside. If you're allergic, take your meds! 960 1280

  

Jelly fish reside in lakes and oceans all over the world. Some are small, some are big; watch out for the ones that sting! 960 1280

  

Pesky critters that like to scurry down city streets and dumpster dive, rats are unpleasant and oversized vermin. 960 1280

  

Is that a tick on your back? Always check yourself and your dog for ticks after a walk in the woods or tall grass. 960 1280

  

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga comes with baggage. Lots and lots of baggage packed with elaborate costumes, including this interesting creation. Don't travel with her unless you're willing to fork over some money for her luggage fees.
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Mel Gibson
Do we really need to explain why? His infamous rants during cell phone conversations with his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva are reason enough to add Mel to our D-list.
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Russian Hockey Team
It's always fun until someone gets kicked off a plane. The Russian hockey team celebrated too hard after beating Canada in the World Junior Championship. The players were removed from a Delta flight for allegedly being too drunk to fly.
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Naomi Campbell
You may not want to share a taxi with hot-tempered Naomi Campbell. New York City Police filed a harassment report after a limo driver claimed the fashion icon slapped and slugged him while he drove her through midtown. No formal charges were filed.
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Joe Jonas
Make sure Joe Jonas follows proper security measures before heading to the airport. The 23-year-old singer was detained in Abu Dhabi after security officials found a set of cooking knives in his carry-on luggage.
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Josh Duhamel
Don't let the brooding good looks fool you, but Josh Duhamel made our list. The actor refused to turn off his BlackBerry, and he was escorted off an airplane last December. No one's above airplane safety protocol, Mr. Duhamel.
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Kevin Smith
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.
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Dave Chapelle
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.
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Paris Hilton
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.
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Tony Allen
No travel games for Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen (far left) and O.J. Mayo. The basketball players got into a fight on the team's plane over a gambling debt in a card game called Boo-Ray. Ix-nay on the card games, guys.
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Charlie Sheen
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.
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Lindsay Lohan
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?
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