Flying home on Friday night I sat next to a very interesting man. After visiting for a while, we started comparing travel war stories. He confessed that the day before on his flight out to California, he had left his laptop at security in his home airport. He was in Dallas before he realized it. Can you imagine! Your company laptop, with all of the documents and files you need for your trip, plus your company information on it! I shudder at the thought. Luckily for this gentleman, once he told the American Airlines flight attendant, she told the pilot, who radioed the tower, who called security, who found it and held it for him until he returned. Sheesh.
My point, friends, is to make sure you have all your stuff when you leave security. I know it’s easier said than done. I know we get into autopilot mode and just go through the motions. But you have to be very deliberate when you’re picking your stuff up once you’ve gone through. One of the things that helps me is to put my things in the same order every time: shoes, laptop, coat and liquids bag, purse, suitcase. I know I’m not going to leave without my suitcase, and if that’s the last thing in line then I will get everything else.
Some people tape their business card to the bottom of their laptop in case they lose it. I have not tried that yet, although after this man’s story I am very tempted.
Readers, has this ever happened to you? What are your tricks for remembering everything at security?