I’m a big traveler, and I get excited every time I head to the airport. I get a rush from the anticipation of heading to somewhere different from the scenery of my everyday life. Every once and a while, though, I hit speed bumps that put a damper on my trip, and most of those speed bumps tend to involve rude TSA employees and airport patrons.
On my way from San Francisco to San Diego, I tested out a casual look: almost no makeup, un-styled hair, and a super-comfy outfit. In the security line, two attendants were looking at identification and boarding passes. The woman who had no line and was free to help me just sat there looking at me with a blank stare on her face. She didn't even bother informing me that she was available. I had to ask if it was okay to approach her; she nodded. As my carry-on items were being checked, a TSA agent asked me to empty my pockets three times, despite my telling him that I had already done so. He seemed like he didn't believe me, so I showed him that my jeans didn't have pockets. At the gate, people kept bumping into my luggage, and one man even stepped on my foot. There was a lot of commotion because of Hurricane Irene, and the stress level was so thick you could cut it with a knife.
On the way back from Sand Diego to the Bay Area, I wore false lashes, curled my hair and wore heels. I was asked where I was headed off to looking so dressed up and I smiled and replied that I was heading to work. Doors were held open for me when I needed it (which was a nice change—I actually have a scar on my right arm from a businessman who wasn't willing to keep a door open for me while my hands were full at JFK airport) and a TSA agent was kind enough to call me "Miss" and inform me that it wasn’t necessary for me to put my camcorder and DSLR camera in a separate bin for scanning, then proceeded to help me put it back into my luggage. At the food court, I dropped a napkin and a young man stopped to pick it up for me so I wouldn’t have to get out of my chair.
I have to say that based on the way both travel days turned out, looking more put together and polished seems to make traveling much easier and less stressful.