Day 5: 30 days of the Vitamix S30 — The hassle-free method to get questionable items through airport security in a carry-on bag
Who likes being hassled by airport security?
Well, chances are, if you bring a high-powered appliance with an attached, stainless steel, four-way blade, they’re going to give you a hard time.
Or will they?
What if there was a trick to getting iffy items through security?
Turns out, it’s not really that difficult.
Nor does it require any “tricks”, per-se…
…just a little planning ahead.
I did it with a high-speed blender.
Let me explain.
Note: This is assuming you’re NOT carrying-on contraband. Do NOT do that ever. Thank you.
Five years of air-travel taught me a lot
Going through airport security used to kill me. It would stress me out beyond belief. People told me that I made a “murderer” face during the process.
Zero control. Being herded like cattle. Dealing with people who enjoyed messing with people like me (know-it-all’s).
But here’s what I learned:
Going through airport security doesn’t have to be painful.
It can be painless.
And after five years as a traveling consultant, I know painless travel experiences are more than a possibility.
The stress reduction I found from easy security passes brought me INCREDIBLE joy.
And all it took was a little strategy.
Maybe a few deep breaths, too. 🙂
How to get through airport security with ease, even if you’re carrying-on questionable items
In the USA, there’s a lot of stuff you CANNOT carry-on to a plane.
In fact, even saying “The ‘B-word'” will get you in BIG trouble. Yes, you cannot say “Mom” when you have a stuffy nose, because it sounds like “Bomb.”
(Aside: I’m a marked man now.)
But there’s one B-word that you ARE allowed to carry-on a plane.
Blenders are on the whitelist in America’s TSA security screening process.
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So, in theory, bringing a blender onto the plane should be easy.
And it was!
But since it’s ultimately at the discretion of the active security officer, there are a few key steps I recommend you follow when you are going through security, especially if you are carrying-on a questionable item, like a blender.
Step 1: Do your homework
Call the airport and speak with security. Ask them to confirm that it’s okay to bring that thing you want to bring. In this case, I wanted to carry-on the new S30 I packed in my carry-on bag.
Getting the name of the person you spoke to (ideally a supervisor) helps, too. Keep that info in your back pocket just in case.
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Step 2: Set expectations
Tell the officer searching bags EXACTLY what questionable items you have in your bag. Even if the item has been white-listed, it’s better to avoid any surprises.
Letting them know in advance will make the process much easier for all parties.
Step 3: Take it out
Remove the questionable item(s) and run it through the x-ray machine separately.
In this case, I removed the motor, blade assembly and cup from my bag. I placed each item on a tray so everyone could see.
If you packed correctly, it should be right at the top of your bag.
Step 4: Smile
Seriously. Best way to immediately build trust is to offer a duchenne smile. Could be the difference between success and failure.
Step 5: Make their job easy
Be nice. Remove stuff from your pockets. Take off your shoes preemptively (if required).
Do it all.
Because when you make someone’s job easy, they’re more likely to make your life easy, too.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should you EVER try to sneak banned items through security. Ever. Seriously don’t. You’re better than that.
So yes, you CAN bring your blender through security at the airport. And now you know how.
But, everyone has airport horror stories. I want to hear yours.
And share any strategies you have for getting through airport security with ease.
Go ahead. Do it now.