Never use this TikTok Travel Hack

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or “Travel Hacking” is currently goes viral on TikTok, promising to get reliably you at the front of the line when boarding a flight and/or let you go through the front of the TSA security lines. I will not share the videos because they are garbage, bbut it works like this: You pretend to be hurt, even going so far as to say you need a wheelchair. The airline won’t call you a liar; they will load you into a wheelchair and push you to the front of the line so you can board beforehand and use all the hand space. SOMETIMES they’ll push you through that long line at security, too. This is what is known as a stupid move.

Claim that you need a disability accommodation It’s great for you, but not for people who you actually need the wheelchair you’re sitting in, not the people you just rode in front of. If you take advantage of others like this, you are a bad person.

However, apparently there are a lot of bad people out there. Fthe injury caused has become so popular that Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye named it as one of the reasons why Heathrow has been such a nightmare for travellers. recently.

“For passengers who need wheelchair support, we’ve had more requests than we did before the pandemic. Part of this is because people are using wheelchair support to fast track themselves through the airport. Holland-Kaye told the London Broadcast Company. “This is absolutely the wrong thing to do. We need to protect it for the people who need help the most,” he added.

I don’t usually agree with CEOs who blame consumers for their company’s problems, but in this case, I’m making an exception, even if part of the problem is undoubtedly one in progress lack of workers ready to accept the low pay they apparently give airport assistants to the disabled. Whatever the reason, ieIt is very bad when more than 20 with disabilities passenger get stuck at an airport gate in a single daylike is said to have happened recently at Heathrow.

How to ethically get through airport security faster

There are ways you can speed up your trip through that dreaded TSA checkpoint on your next vacation that don’t involve being a total bastard.

  • Download and use the MyTSA app: This app keeps you updated on potential delays, weather conditions and security line wait times.
  • Book morning flights: Early departures are less likely to have long wait times at security and they are less likely to be late.
  • Dress appropriately and organize your luggage: It’s an amateur watch to show up with prohibited items in your luggage or wearing shoes that are difficult to remove.
  • Have your ID and tickets/boarding pass ready: Number of people who look surprised when asked for boarding passes and ID at security is shockingly high.
  • Sign up for the TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry or Clear programs: TSA PreCheck allows you to board without removing your shoes, belt and light jacket. Global Entry allows faster entry into the U.S. for low-risk international travelers. Clear allows registered travelers to quickly verify their identity using without touch biometric security kiosks. All these programs cost something, but they save you time.
  • Have patience: After passing TSA and waiting for your flight to board, simply aaccept that you are in Group B and that the plane will leave at the same time if you ride them the first or the last.

Check out this article for more tips on taking through security as soon as you can.

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