This past Saturday, I flew home from Chicago. It’s unusual for me to fly for work on the weekend, but meetings in Chicago meant I got to see my sisters so it was okay. Until I got to the airport, that is. In the space of thirty minutes, I saw multiple things that demanded to be written about. So here is the first one.
I was in the security line, pulling out my laptop and liquids bag, and getting my bins ready. Standing in the middle of the table before the x-ray machine, I finished taking off my shoes, then realized none of the bins and suitcases in front of me were moving. Thinking that there was a hold up in the line, I looked for the people ahead in line. Except they weren’t there. Confused, I looked around, thinking I had missed them. Until I saw them on the other side of the metal detector, standing by the x-ray machine, waiting for their bags.
Wait, my brain said. They went through the metal detector without pushing their bags and bins through? And they are now looking back, concerned about where their belongings are? Resigned (because what else can I do?), I pushed their stuff through as the lady behind me whispered to her husband, “They didn’t push their things through? How strange!” Glad it wasn’t just me thinking that.
For two reasons, I highly, highly recommend that you wait to go through the metal detector until your bags are through the x-ray machine. First, simple etiquette. No one wants to be responsible for moving someone else’s things through! The second reason is that if your belongings are out of your sight, someone could steal something. No reason to tempt fate!
Readers, what are your thoughts on this? Should people be responsible for moving their own belongings through the x-ray machine? Or should we all work together and help each other out?