So You Want to Travel Like an LC?

Amy Gallagher
Amy Gallagher

As a leadership consultant, I have had many unique experiences. Some of those experiences have helped me learn and grow, as you hear so often that we do in this position. The rest have just become a part of daily life. As I have settled into my new found ‘normal’ of a lifestyle, I have picked up some of my own tricks of the trade while traveling so often.

When your checked bag teeters between 50-51 lbs. on the airport scale …

Wait for it to settle. When it decides on 51 lbs., because you know it will, smile politely at the desk agent and wait to see if they ask you to move that one single item into your carry-on. If you have been one of the most polite people they have encountered all day, I bet they will let you slide by. After all, that one pound is going on the plane in one bag or another.

When you wear a sock bun (or even French braid) through the body scanners at the airport …

Be prepared to get your noggin poked and patted down on the other side. TSA is trained to ask you if you have anything in your pockets, not a sock in your hair. Apparently, not even modern technology can keep up with the idea that you may have hosiery tucked into your hairdo.

When the flight attendant says to check the nearest monitor for the most up-to-date flight information …

Check the nearest monitor for the information. Then take into consideration that this may, in fact, only be the most up-to-date flight information that someone has taken the time to enter into the system. In order for you to gain the most up-to-date information, you will have to cross terminals in record time in a packed airport at the end of an hour ground stop to find out that there are people who know something that those monitors do not. The most up-to-date flight information happens to be that your flight is delayed…again.

When the Delta flight attendant asks you if you would like peanuts, pretzels or cookies …

The answer is cookies. Always cookies. If possible, ask for two. I do not know what sort of twist between a shortbread and gingerbread these delightful red packaged cookies are supposed to be, but Delta must know how addicting they are if they offer sky miles for customers to purchase them in bulk. It is not as if I have contemplated it or anything …

When the businessman behind you gives you an up and down in the ‘frequent flyer’ security line at the airport because you have two bags, a laptop, and are wearing at least six pieces of jewelry …

Continue about your business. By the time he has unlaced his own shoes and taken off his belt, you will be on the other side sliding on your last ring (even after your hair got poked through). Feel free to be pleased with yourself at that suave airport moment. There will be plenty of times when you will be lost and confused somewhere new.

Sure, I wrote this post as if it was key advice to the frequent traveler. But anyone who travels as often as we do will have plenty of fun and not-so-fun airport stories. Anyone can travel like a leadership consultant. It involves being flexible, making the best of any situation, always being prepared, and knowing that it will not hurt to ask (even for another cookie).

Until next time,


3 thoughts on “So You Want to Travel Like an LC?

  1. Ha! I travel about 13 days a month for business and you’re right about the cookies on Delta. They’re called Biscoff, and you can actually buy them at Walgreen’s.

  2. What a fantastic blog entry! As a fellow frequent flier for business I know exactly what my fellow Beta Eta alum is talking about. Be the wonderful Sigma Kappa women that you are; smile and always be polite to the airline staff because at the end of the day that is how you score that extra snack item or exit row seat!
    Rachael Gilman

  3. I have also seen the cookies at several grocery stores! They are the best. On my last flight there was a little girl traveling with her mom and when the flight attendant offered her pretzels or peanuts (not cookies) the little girl politely said “Biscoff please!” Even the little ones know about these cookies.

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