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My first airplane ride..

Welp, my work is sending me to Atlanta for a couple days for training.. I've never flown in 33 years of being, well, alive.. So, post up some tips for the airport and da-plane.. i dunno, just never flown and im kinda nervous about it..

I leave MDW at like 2:30pm monday to ATL, and return at I think 8pm weds from ATL to MDW
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Do not pack any aerosols or any liquids over 3 or 5 ounces in volume I think? all your toilletries (sp) should fit in a regular sized clear zip lock bag. If you can get by with a carry on do it so you don't have to waste your time checking in your baggage or waiting for it when you get off the plane at baggage claim.\

Oh and bring something to read and an mp3 player even though it's only a 2 hour flight.
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DOnt think about it get on the thing and enjoy a mp3 player or laptop.

Just like a roller coaster without the turns and twist. nice and smooth

The best part is take off the acceleration is awesome


As far as the check points keep this in mind all laptop will be swabbed and examined by a ETD. anything opaque meaning plastics etc etc with any kind of metal item under it will be flag by the xray operator and a bag check conducted. If your a smoker well a simple bic lighter in your front pocket will make it thru the metal detectors without setting it off.

shoes if you refuse you will be patted down and your shoes will comes off and swapped and scanned by the ETD.

Easy way to make it thru

laptop on and in a bin of its own.
shoes,belt,keys change wallets should be remove tho leave that bic lighter in your pocket smokes remove the foil and leave with shoes or in your bag.

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now see, i heard just the opposite.. People told me to check everything and not even take a carryon.. I was just gonna bring my phone which works as mp3 player on the plane and check everything else..

the toiletries size wouldnt matter in checked luggage right?

wat really sucks is that im going alone!!!!!
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tips for midway / airport.

-Wear slip on shoes (you have to take them off going through security so this will make life easy)
-You only need a carry-on for that length
-You have only take gels and liquids (toothpaste, gel, eye drops, shampoo etc) that are in 3oz or smaller containers. They all have to fit in a 1 pint zip lock back. Put them all in a bag ahead of time and leave the in an easily accessible puch of the carry on. you will have to pull them out and put them through x-ray so they are visible.

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now see, i heard just the opposite.. People told me to check everything and not even take a carryon.. I was just gonna bring my phone which works as mp3 player on the plane and check everything else..

the toiletries size wouldnt matter in checked luggage right?
I hate checking in because I hate waiting for my bag(s) but it's up to you. I don't think the toiletries size matters if you check in. It's up to you though.
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the toiletries size wouldnt matter in checked luggage right?

wat really sucks is that im going alone!!!!!
that is correct, but by not checking your bag you will save 30 minutes waiting for luggage each way and the big thing is you don't have to worry about your luggage getting lost. If I'm taking a trip that is a week or less I only take a carry on.


don't worry about flying alone. I do it all the time. Just bring an mp3 player and take a nap on the plane.

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ya i took window.. it put me in back row too..
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short trips like that its easier just to get your toiletries at the hotel heck its only 2 or 3 days use that and just spend a couple bucks on a brush etc etc

Heres the ya's and na's on flying

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

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looks like good answers to me. You mentioned using your phone as an MP3 player. Probably obvious but they won't let you use a stereo bluetooth headset, make sure to bring something with a wire for your ears. If you do carry on, don't get to Midway 2 hours early. I fly out of there 3 times a month. I usually get there 50 minutes early in the economy parking. At my gate 20 minutes early like clockwork. Midway has probably the fastest security in the country.
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The takeoff outa MDW is kinda fun. They'll really put the spurs to her. All that shit coming out of the wings is supposed to do that. And, keep in mind that the wings are supposed to flex like that and rarely fall off of them things. Have a nice flight. Report back on how it was.

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A good pair of earplugs will greatly ease any tension you have. The rest is just technical stuff thats good to not get hungup on when getting in/out.
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Orange County/John Wayne is fun too. Noise laws force them to cut the engines down to what feels like OFF for a bit after take off.

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If your a smoker well a simple bic lighter in your front pocket will make it thru the metal detectors without setting it off.

QUOTE]

What? Didn't know this. Just tossed one last month. Just assumed it'd get confiscated after losing my knockoff Zippo a month after 911.

[QUOTE=Downforce137;1000368]now see, i heard just the opposite.. People told me to check everything and not even take a carryon.. I was just gonna bring my phone which works as mp3 player on the plane and check everything else.. QUOTE]

Pretty much what I do. Less of a hassle. Plus I shave with a straight razor & don't wanna have to explain that.

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I check everything. That is good advice.

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Orange County/John Wayne is fun too. Noise laws force them to cut the engines down to what feels like OFF for a bit after take off.
I hate that...even when they announce what they are going to do...very un-nerving

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Coming back is even more fun. Landing at MDW is like hitting an aircraft carrier. House..House..House....Intersection.fence...runway ... drop plane out of sky and hit the brakes and hope you don't end up in the middle of another intersection.

Not too worry.... it's fun.
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Coming back is even more fun. Landing at MDW is like hitting an aircraft carrier. House..House..House....Intersection.fence...runway ... drop plane out of sky and hit the brakes and hope you don't end up in the middle of another intersection.

Not too worry.... it's fun.
+1 It looks like you are going to crash on approach, the runway comes out of nowhere. At least in Atlanta you see grass and dirt before you hit the runway. You will also notice they have red dirt down there .

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[QUOTE=ECLIPSE;1000418][QUOTE=code2medic;1000367]

If your a smoker well a simple bic lighter in your front pocket will make it thru the metal detectors without setting it off.

QUOTE]

What? Didn't know this. Just tossed one last month. Just assumed it'd get confiscated after losing my knockoff Zippo a month after 911.

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now see, i heard just the opposite.. People told me to check everything and not even take a carryon.. I was just gonna bring my phone which works as mp3 player on the plane and check everything else.. QUOTE]

Pretty much what I do. Less of a hassle. Plus I shave with a straight razor & don't wanna have to explain that.


Yes sir the metal doesnt have enough density to be picked up by the detectors. and really to be safe just remove the metal portion and its plastic

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I've gotten into the habit of checking a bag all the time too. It's not worth the hassle to bring contact solution and stuff like that on the plane. Sucks... ATL baggage claim normally isn't too bad. 15 minutes or so. ORD is all over the map. I'm heading there in 2 weeks.

Just do the idiot check on your carry on before going and don't forget to ditch the pocket knife or other presonal defense items before leaving your car. If you have a notebook or tunes, bring them. Make sure you have something to read. ATL and ORD are famous for their delays. Relax and enjoy the time alone.

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My advice as a regular traveler for business trips...

1) Carry-on is the way to go, waiting for bags can be painful and can lead to the chance of them being stolen.

2) If you are running late then upgrade your flight to 1st class when picking up the eTicket so you can avoid the lengthy security checkpoint process. There are separate lines for 1st class trips and normally only two or three people in them.

3) Laptops get irritating, avoid them if possible. They might provide some entertainment but thats what the porn at the hotel is for.

4) Don't even bother with taking toiletries. One thing people normally don't realize is that hotels provide everything from deodorant to razor blades for little or no cost. Room service will keep you from smelling like a toilet.

5) The chances of crashing are extremely low, don't worry about it. Ignore any odd sounds you hear on the plane. The takeoff and landing gets boring quick.

6) Take some cash for crappy airline snacks, you might want them.

7) Enjoy the flight dammit!
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You're flying Air Trans Airways I'm guessing. I've been on that flight about 20 times and it's never full. Just get to the airport early and give yourself some extra time.

When you run through security you have to take your shows off and make sure all metal items are out of your carry on. Make sure your ID has the same exact spelling of your name on your boarding pass.

When you get through security, go to Harry Carry's in Midway. They have the best Meat Ball sandwich on the planet.

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I never check baggage unless I have to. And if you do, drop a couple bucks on the curb-side service so you don't have to stand in the long lines at the ticket counters.

-Pack everything you need in a carry-on bag.
-Check-in online 24 hours in advance, pick your seat assignment, and print your boarding pass out at home.
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Also, I fly MDW to Atlanta all the time. If you aren't taking the Orange Line to Midway and are getting a ride, get dropped off at the arrivals; the departures line is always jacked up there. You can just go in the arrivals and go upstairs.

When you get to Atlanta you'll have to head for the tram to get between terminals and the main entrance to the airport.

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My advice as a regular traveler for business trips...

1) Carry-on is the way to go, waiting for bags can be painful and can lead to the chance of them being stolen.

6) Take some cash for crappy airline snacks, you might want them.
couldn't agree more on #1 for short trips...NEVER pack valuables in suit cases you are checking!!! Laptops, etc have been stolen! If I am going on a long trip and have a big suitcase, I check that thing ASAP cuz it's one less thing you have to lug around the airport with you.

as for #6, airplane food makes me sick so I always buy some stuff at the newstand (i.e. pumpkin seeds, etc) and I always make sure I have plenty of water on hand as you can get dehydrated easily (but more so on longer flights)

The MP3 player is a great suggestion!!! I always bring my own headphones/MP3 player because music always calms me down and blocks out all the airplane noises (I'm a nervous flyer).

As far as security checks, I think it was already covered....wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, try to avoid wearing a belt or a lot of jewelry (that will save you some time taking it all off for the x-ray machine and then having to put it all back on again). If you are carrying on any laptops, liquids, meds, etc put them in any easily accesible part of your bag b/c you'll have to pull all of those out for the security check as well. If you're checking your bag, make sure you arrive at the airport at least 45 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Other than that just relax. Everything is pretty much marked very clearly with signs on where to go and what to do and there are plenty of employees around for questions and directions. You'll be fine. Have a safe flight
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There's a Potbelly's in MDW directly after the security check, and a Harry Carey's. Get their a little early, grab some food. You won't get food on a flight from MDW to ATL, just a drink (water/soda) and a little bag of pretzels or nuts.

when you are on the plane, just relax. The take-off is fun, you pull and extra G or so, but landins are where people ususally start to sweat, espeically coming bak into MDW; you'll think you are landing on a fucking house, and they at the last second, boom, there's runway Due to the shorter runways, MDW landings are usually a little bumpy, with full-on brakes and reverse-thrust.

If if you start to freak out a little, just remember those pilots are professionals and do this day in and day out. Plus, your life is in their hands at that moments, so just resign to the mindset that you have no control over the situation and just relax. Once the plane scrubs off that speed and starts to taxi you hear a few people start to breathe again lol

Of course I typically sleep trough take off and landings, so maybe it's easy for me to say "keep cool".

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I didn't track on MDW. I hate MDW. Even more than ORD. Something always gets messed up and I'm there for hours... It is fun landing there especially if it is windy, snowing or raining and overcast!

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