Navigating TSA Checkpoints: Getting Through Security Stress Free for Business Travel | tiffanyoutlitsali.ga

Travel tips from an interview with professional keynote speaker Garrison Wynn

Linda Singerle: For infrequent travelers, it seems every TSA experience is different. What are the latest changes to the security process, and which of those changes are most likely to slow passengers down?

Garrison Wynn: Procedures at airport security checkpoints seem to have changed dramatically in the past four years. But they’ve also changed a lot in just the last year and a half or two years. A few years ago they were routinely strip-searching Grandma and very concerned about fingernail clippers as a weapon. Now it’s all about x-rays and the evils of possessing more than three ounces of toothpaste! You’ll fare much better if you’re up on the latest procedures, so ask a friend who has traveled recently what the experience was like.

In general, in every city that I know of except for two in Texas, you show your boarding pass and your driver’s license once as you enter the security process but you don’t need to show it again as you walk through the x-ray machine or metal detector. San Antonio and Houston are the only cities I know of where you have to show those documents again. So it’s true that everything is big in Texas, including the long line created by slowing down even the experienced travelers. Once you show your license and boarding pass, you can usually put them away, except for in those two cities.

In many airports, the TSA officers ask you two questions: 1. What’s your destination, and 2. what’s your name? If you can’t answer those two questions, you’ve got a problem – which I think is pretty fair. I’ve seen people struggle with those two questions before. If you don’t know where you’re going or don’t even know how to pronounce your own name, then you’re either a terrorist or a New York City cab driver! Make sure you are paying attention so when it’s your turn, you can prove yourself worthy of air travel.

LS: I’ve seen “20/20″ – I know the cleanest bathroom stall is actually the one nearest the entrance because it’s the one everyone passes by, assuming it’s the most heavily used. So is there a TSA station that’s typically faster than others – say, the last one in the terminal, maybe?

GW: Well, I’m sure that varies by airport and by the number of lanes open at the different stations. However, in many cities, at each checkpoint, you’ll find designated lanes for different types of travelers, such as individual travelers, and families or groups traveling together. Some of those lanes are definitely slower. Avoid the line with the family of five still talking about Disney World and wearing matching shirts. They are not in a hurry and they have stuff in their carry-on luggage that they’ve never seen before. Also, if you see three people studying the same luggage x-ray screen, it means you have a new TSA employee hoping to find a bomb on his first day.

Often there is a reserved lane for elite passengers. “Elite” is not an opinion you have of yourself. It’s a status or designation the airlines give you for flying so much. Don’t get in that line if you are not so designated. Officers love sending elite-pretenders to the back of the line.

Similar to the elite travelers’ lane is the lane designated for people traveling first class. Often these lanes are combined. Not only do you move fast in these lanes, but you also dramatically reduce your chances of a baby throwing up on you! It will be printed on your ticket if you’re traveling first class. (If your ticket says 72D, first class you are not.) Some people will tell you that flying first class is a waste of money because it’s not that much better. Let’s get real: it’s a lot better. If you fly every week, you should stick with the same airline so you can get upgrade opportunities… or you could just continue exercising your right to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of flying with infants.

There’s usually also a casual travel lane, which seems to be populated by a lot of people wearing Hawaiian shirts who clearly have no agenda. Often, you’ll find experienced traveler lanes that anyone can get into regardless of how experienced you are. This lane’s your best bet, unless it’s not moving; then just get into the one that is.

LS: So I’ve stashed my boarding pass and I’ve been fast-tracked as elite. Now I have to offload all my stuff and partially disrobe. I’m like a pack mule when I travel. Help me make quick work of those bins.

GW: Those bins that look like they were used by restaurant busboys in the ’70s? You can use as many as you want. The first thing you do is take off your shoes (and belt, if you’re wearing one) and put them in the bin. I do not recommend that you put your shoes on the conveyor belt – they can get scuffed; I’ve actually had a pair of shoes ruined that way. Now, in some smaller airports, they might try to tell you that you need to put the shoes directly on the conveyor. They are wrong! But you do not want to be on the wrong side of an argument with small-market airport security person. It’s like getting pulled over by a small-town cop. They are very friendly but secretly reeeeally want to arrest you!

Kids under 12 usually don’t need to take their shoes off these days. But that could vary from one airport to another. For adults, slip-on shoes are great. You don’t want to be untying and tying your laces in that line. Women, if you don’t like walking barefoot in airports, you might want to wear socks, although I’m sure socks and Prada pumps are not going to land you a Vogue photo shoot. Then again, neither is ringworm! If you can pull off socks and Prada pumps, you’re the kind of woman who travels with no stress but can still slap fashion right in the face.

If you have a jacket or coat, that goes in a bin next. Glasses or sunglasses can go on top of it. Next, if you’re traveling with a laptop, it has to come out of its case and go in a bin. However, iPads do not have to be in the bin and neither does your cell phone. Both can stay in your carry-on. Apparently, airport security recognizes an iPad for what it really is – a giant smartphone that you can’t call anybody with!

If you’re a woman carrying a purse, put it in the bin. (If you are a man with a purse, please do the same.) Then, just before you step through the x-ray machine that looks like a “Stargate” for government employees, you want to offload whatever is in your pockets into an outer pocket of your carry-on. Then load the carry-on onto the conveyor. In some airports, the officers will insist that you watch your stuff go through the conveyor before you materialize on the other side. In other airports, they insist you go through immediately, abandoning all emotional attachment to your possessions. I suggest you keep an eye on your luggage and keep your expensive watch, pearls and rings on. Never put really valuable or easily stolen items in the bins.

In some airports, you’ll just walk through the metal detector. But if you’re sent through the x-ray machine, you’ll be instructed to put your feet in the designated spots and put your hands in the air. Basically you’re doing the hokey pokey in there while someone scans for sinister stuff like knives, shanks, razors, and herniated disks. These days it almost seems that ensuring that your skeleton is in order is more important than detecting weapons, for some strange reason. I guess if you’re Wolverine from X-Men, you’re definitely busted.

Kidding aside, every single thing must be emptied from your pockets… and I don’t recommend you put all that stuff in a bin if you can help it. Put it in your carry-on bag. If you’re a man, you don’t want to get separated from your wallet. If you’re European, you probably won’t even give up your wallet without a fight.

LS: It’s all those things your mom warned you to never take off your person, right? Then when you scramble to recover it all on the other side, it seems like nothing ends up where it’s supposed to be.

GW: You want to minimize all the activity when you’re taking stuff out of your pockets and when you lay your purse in a bin, because that’s when you’ll lose stuff – when you’ve got too much going on. Men, take your wallet and everything from your pockets and put it all in your carry-on and retrieve it as soon as you’re through. Don’t wait until you get everything else back. You and your wallet and your driver’s license cannot be separated. Wherever you go, if you do not have your driver’s license, you cannot get back. There are people trapped in many countries (and several trailer parks in Florida) because they handed someone their driver’s license or passport.

LS: So would you give this all to me again in short order?

GW: Step 1: Take your shoes and belt off and put them in a bin. Step 2: Take off your jacket and glasses or sunglasses and put them in a bin. Step 3: Pull your laptop out of its case and place it in a bin. Step 4: Empty your pockets and put the items in your travel bag; then place that bag on the conveyor belt. Women can put these items in their carry-on or in their purse. Step 5 (for women): Send your purse through. Last step for everyone: Go through the scanner yourself and start reclaiming your stuff, starting with your purse or wallet.

I am always surprised to see people at the gate trying to board a plane wearing a giant sombrero with “Jeff” embroidered across it, carrying three newspapers and toting a laptop, and yet they’re unable to locate their ID! Under no circumstances can you fly without a photo ID, unless you are under 15 years old (which of course makes zero sense because you can’t prove that without any identification).

LS: Have you got any advice on liquids? Do they have to come out of your carry-on and go in a bin?

GW: If you have to travel with liquids, take transparent, quart-size bags with you. Make sure your liquids are in 3-ounce quantities or less. It’s best to pack the stuff in the quart-size bag and then just pull the bag out and place it in the bin as you go through security. Of course, liquids are not a problem if you check your luggage. Oddly enough, the luggage you check is only randomly inspected, but your carry-on luggage is always checked. Inspected or not, it is perfectly OK to take 10 quarts of vintage wolf milk in your checked bag, but 4 ounces of holy water in a carry-on is viewed as a mortal sin. However, with a doctor’s note, you can take liquids over 3 ounces. I can tell you from experience that nothing humbles a jet-setting businessman like showing his doctor’s note to a 23-year-old woman with a badge.

LS: Some TSA officers lighten the mood and some almost seem sour. Does it help to engage them in conversation, or is that just asking to be singled out for the patdown?

GW: Lower your expectations of how security people conduct themselves. Their job is not to entertain us or make our travel go smoothly. Their job is to catch people going through security who are breaking the rules. Make sure you do things right. They have a lot of people walking through metal detectors wearing heavy chain links and a whole bunch of metal and with pockets full of change. That’s why these officers act the way they do and say the things they say. After a while I’m sure it gets old when the 3,000th person asks, “Will this x-ray machine erase all the data on my laptop?”

Don’t expect them to be great or polite, but don’t be surprised if they are. They might be very polite. I have noticed that the smaller the city, the weirder the security. You’ll notice in a really small city they might have more people manning the security gate than travelers going through the gate. They’ll also have outdated ideas; they’ll be behind the times and might not be up on the latest rules.

As for lightening the mood by engaging the TSA officers, I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as you do not get in the way of their job. Just steer clear of any mention of “bomb” in your conversation – even jokingly – or you may find yourself detained for an undetermined amount if time (not to mention you could be the lucky recipient of a $50,000 fine). Be very careful; jokes about terrorism or explosives could make your trip short and your stay long.

Read the first article in Garrison Wynn’s travel series: Strategies for Hassle Free Business Travel

Effective Strategies in Generating Leads Within Your Home Business Blueprint

When it comes to online business the most important thing is to get every visitor who comes to your site deliberately or accidentally to be interested enough to want to do business with you. This is, after all, the point of online marketing. Different businesses have different strategies to generate interest or leads. There are some who swear that the best leads are the ones who interact with you via social media so they advertise on Facebook, but there is no ultimate home business blueprint, no one way of getting it right. When developing your home business blueprint, there are things that are essential in generating leads for online business that you can follow. Here’s a list of the different methods that online marketers can follow to generate lead.

1. Create a Website

This is a no brainer. How else can you call your business an online business or talk about online marketing if you don’t have a destination website? Having a website is essential, all other methods should essentially bolster or direct people to this website. The website is your store, other methods like Facebook, Twitter, blogging or Instagrams should be regarded as the fliers that introduce people to your business or your product, your website is the place where all the information and ultimately, business transactions are supposed to take place. Your website is your core foundation of the home business blueprint. This means you need to work at the content in your website and present the content in such a way that it appeals to the readers.

2. Create Special Offers

People love free things but they appreciate free things that are useful to them. The easiest free gift you can give to a customer is a free download. Your home business blueprint can start moving along when you create a little bit of a buzz. By having people take advantage of free offers you create a chance for them to give you their contact details. The other advantage is that you are sure that the people you contact are interested in some way in what you have to offer. Create a form for visitors to your site to fill out, make it short and simple and make sure that you get their consent for you to send them any further information other than what they’ve just downloaded. Make sure that your free download ends up leading them somewhere else. Don’t reveal all your cards during the first round; create a platform for further communication between you and potential clients-this is a good start to your home business blueprint.

3. Use targeted ads to drive traffic to your site

There are various online services that offer opportunities to target specific audiences like Facebook or Google Ads. When people sign up for social media sites and create accounts with Google they are often asked to list their interests. You can use that to your advantage. Make sure you know and understand how to use these opportunities.

4. Create relevant content for your target audience

Tailor your content carefully to attract the audience that you want. Tailoring great content starts from how you write on your website to the free downloads you offer. You could also create newsletters to keep your leads informed. With any home business blueprint, make sure that you communicate your message clearly and that your passion comes through in your writing. Sometimes it takes a while to convert a sales lead into an actual customer because they might need information or they might require some kind of assurance that you know what you are talking about. Be the expert that can answer questions before they even formulate in your sales lead’s mind. If you come off sounding like an expert, your sales leads might turn to be your best advertisers if they quote you or refer people to your site for information.

5. Create multi-channel content

This step is where you really escalate your home business blueprint. Some people might not like reading all that much or they might like visual aids instead of endless paragraphs. Make sure that you cater for different needs. People access information in different ways on the Internet. Some rely on social media, which would require you to create short but engaging messages; some would like to get the in-depth information a newsletter would allow you to create, others blogs whilst others are best reached via video. It is better to create content that translates across all mediums. This means that you will have to create videos, use infographics or host webinars.

6. Use social media

I do not care who you are, but anyone that has developed and uses a home business blueprint, uses some sort of social media. If you don’t, you either have enough cash in the bank already, or you’re about to go broke because no one knows who you are. Social platforms have become the most effective means of getting information through and getting an immediate response. When you set up social media pages make sure that you keep them updated and that you engage with people who leave comments. This shows that you care about your business and it helps create relationships.

7. Participate in online chats

Getting online friend, or “followers” does not happen overnight. Just like a lot of the things within your home business blueprint, it takes hours, days and months of being online, connected to the right people on Twitter through whose following you might chance upon leads. Participate in Twitter chats that are relevant to your business. One you get those likes and followers work at building relationships and eventually wok at converting our Twitter friends to actual clients.

8. Join groups and forums

Again, social media platforms like Facebook enable people to create groups. Find groups that are relevant to your business and join. Make sure that the groups you join are active, that there are no dead silences that last for months; otherwise you might end up being the lone poster who annoys everybody else. It is easy to go unnoticed in groups but to make sure that people know you are there; you need to engage. Be personable… this is what makes your home business blueprint fun. Ask questions, wish someone a happy birthday, have conversations.

9. Form partnerships with others to cross promote

Find someone who has worked as hard as you have to build a network and find ways to collaborate. The best collaborations are with people whose business would enhance yours and vice versa. You might collaborate on a webinar to communicate what you are an expert in and they might do the same for you. The internet is a very big world, there is no home business blueprint for success. It is easy to get lost in the world wide web or to simply exist with no one ever seeing you, if it takes latching on to someone to be noticed, then latch on.

Business Travel Trip | tiffanyoutlitsali.ga

Make sure you get all the details in advance to make packing and planning your mobile gear easier. It sometimes takes much time and energy packing the things that you need to bring on your travel. You should have several questions and answers to your self that you can consider as your guide in determining what are the important things that you must bring and which are not necessary. These guide that I will be sharing to you is definitely helpful. Here they follow:

Purpose of the Trip

Is it a conference or a sales trip? If you were able to identify the purpose of the trip, it is easier for you to know what are the important gadgets to pack up.

Your Responsibilities

Will you be participating in the event or will be a spectator? If you will be an important participant in this business trip, you might need to bring your laptop or flash drive with you to have your presentations ready. However, if you just be a mere spectator, such gadgets may not be necessarily packed up.

Destination

Is it a domestic or international travel? For international travel, you must not forget all the important documents that the security will check before and after you leave the country. Have them secured in advance. You may need to double check all of the papers to ensure continuous trips and avoid hassles of processing what you lack. You might also want to orient your self with the locations by bringing a map of the place and the culture of the people. Have also a money with you of the country’s currency.

Duration of the Trip

How many hours or days will the travel take? International travels may sometime take days before you reach your destination. You can also estimate what clothes and how many you need to bring. Don’t rely of buying the materials that you need in the destination place because they might not be available there.

Accommodation

Will you be staying in a hotel and all the meals be shouldered? Have some extra pocket money with you or bring your credit cards to be sure you can move around everywhere.

Safety and security

Take a moment or two to consider the security and safety risks you may face while traveling. Planning in advance for worst-case scenario well better help you prepare for travel. If you will be using your car, have it conditioned a day or two before the travel. See to it that the gas will be enough until you reach the next gas station. Also, have an extra wheel in your car. Be sure your travel bag is well-secured enough against theft or damage. It is much better if your bag is made of good quality material to prevent any glitch along your way. For men, personalized blue or black duffel bag and Ogio ladies bag for women are great choices to buy for travel packing needs. If you don’t have enough time to shop, these bags are available online.