Someday (soon, I hope) I will finally be promoted to “King of the Known Universe.” I often find myself sitting on the plane, contemplating the list of changes I will enforce when that glorious day arrives.
The first mandate on my list will make it so that there is only ONE shade of “white” house paint, but this is probably a topic best saved for another day’s discussion.
The second item on my list is this, “Henceforth, there will be a special line at the airport specifically for people who know what they’re doing!” This topic is one of my favorites and might just be bumped up to number one (as soon as I get my house painted).
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it. Despite our government’s warnings, I don’t need to arrive at the airport two hours early. Why? I know what I’m doing, that’s why!
Seasoned travelers already know which liquids and in what quantities they can and cannot bring. They’re fully aware that their laptops need to be pulled from their cases and they always have their boarding-passes handy so the security folks can check them as needed. They wear slip on shoes and leather belts, they carry no spare change, etc.
Why then, should they endure the family of six who’s in line ahead of them with strollers and cup holders filled to the brim with liquid contraband?
Take heart, prepared and intelligent business travelers, for there is a better way!
Recently I have noticed that several of this country’s fine airports have tucked away a hidden security entrance of which only experienced travelers seem to be aware!
Prior to a trip, search the internet for schematics/maps of any airport that you are traveling to or from that you’re not intimately familiar with. Armed with your departure gate information, you should be able to find it on the map along with the nearest security gate, OR a security gate that is off the beaten path.
The Denver International Airport and the Minneapolis International Airport are excellent examples. In Denver, you don’t have to wait in the infinitely long line at the main terminal. Go upstairs, near the post office, and you’ll find a pedestrian bridge that will connect you to the “A” concourse. There’s a nifty-keen museum to see along the way, and you’ll find a security gate there that only seems to be used by airline crews and a few passengers who wink and give each other that knowing and barely perceptible nod.
Traveling out of the “C” concourse? No problem, the concourse tram connects from the “A” gate to the rest.
In Minneapolis, there is a security gate on the 2nd floor where the rental car counters are located. All of the signs in the hall and in the elevator direct people to the “Tram” level where they can catch a train to the main terminal to check their bags and wander, zombie-like through security. “Bah!” I say, “Bah!” If you are finished checking your bags or if you do not have bags to check, you can proceed directly to this hidden jewel to get through security. Life is even sweeter if you’re departure gate is in the C12, G12 (or higher) or A or B concourse.