Your Airport To-Not-Do List

Four stupid ways to spice up your travel experience
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 5:25 PM CDT
Travelers enrolled in the Clear program for about $100 per year can go to the head of the line at security to get to their flights at Little Rock and some other U.S. airports.    (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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(Newser) – Air travel not stressful enough for you? US News and World Report presents four ways to land yourself in a planeload of trouble.

  1. Use words like “bomb” and “hijack”: A man in Boston jokingly told an airport clerk he was “here to blow things up,” and discovered state troopers and a K-9 unit just didn’t get his sense of humor.

  1. Travel with illegal items: Anything from gel inserts to foreign guavas can result in some serious headaches. Oddly, you are allowed to bring items like scissors and lighters on board.
  2. Wear ill-advised clothing: An student with LEDs on her shirt wound up facing down a gun over her suspicious-looking garment.
  3. Look worried: Thanks to “behavior detection officers” now commonplace at airports, even the wrong facial expression can make you a target.