How to go through security like a pro

Minimize the number of hands you need

Buying the right bags is crucial if you are a frequent traveler. Knowing the routine is one thing but having the right tools is entirely something else.

Get a roller bag that is compatible with a backpack or briefcase that will slide into place. I’m using my trusty Briggs and Riley baseline 2 wheel domestic carry on with a Briggs and Riley leather backpack.

The backpack has a small sleeve where the handle slides up through it allowing the bag to rest snuggly on the roller bag no matter whether it is standing erect or at a diagonal.

For so many years I struggled with my backpack that did not have this sleeve. I would still keep my the same place but it would constantly fall off. This was one of my stressors.

Maximize space for other people

Most people that go to the airport are tourists. They aren’t used to it say in and day out. These people need more time than professional travelers. Not because we are smarter but for the simple reason that it is a routine for us. We are less likely to make mistakes if we are rushing or trying to figure things out because it’s not our first rodeo.

Giving people more space while going through the security line is crucial. A lot of people need a lot of space because they haven’t perfected the art of going through tsa security check points. This may not help you directly but it helps everybody go through security more expediently. If you show a good example to follow maybe other professionals will follow your lead.

I always stack my trays containing my laptop(s) with the top tray being my personal items. On the picture above I have for trays. Two for two laptops. One for a portable monitor and one for my personal items.

If you are a sane human being and only travel with one laptop then you only need two trays. One on the bottom for the laptop and one on the top for clothing, phones, accessories.

Know what you need

I know how many trays I need for what be packed before I go grab them. There is almost always wait time where I can do the math.

I know if I need to print a ticket or not. I know if I’m tea precheck or not and plan my route accordingly.

I put my wallet and cell phones and anything in my pockets for that matter in my back pack. This minimizes you rummaging around trying to find it in one of your trays. I’d its behind a zipper, it won’t get lost.

Sushiko On Mondays

Best place for sushi on Mondays. They have a great deal on assorted specialty roles and drinks.

Great roll deal. We like sticking to the specialty rolls. However, I do like the spicy tuna and abacado hand roll.

We always order a lot. It looks like way too much but somehow it always gets finished!

Volcano down the middle, spicy tuna, cucumber, topped with avocado, spicy crab salad, crunchy

California on the right side

Caterpillar on the left, spicy tuna, cucumber, topped with avocado, masago

Spider…soft shell crab, Spicy crab, avocado, cucumber, masago

United Club EWR C Concourse Concourse

The one with the glass bowl view of the food court down below

Seats are tough to find and the food is awkwardly setup around the bar where bottlenecks in foot traffic are easy.

Food options are healthier

Mixed greens with chickpeas and a very tasty s salsa. I don’t even use salad dressing as the salad is already quite flavorful!

two soup options

Italian wedding

not my favorite of soups. It tasted a lot like chicken noodle soup. Very salty. The meatballs are a welcome addition but from my experience they are hard to come by in real life as most people try and grab as many as they can when they serve themselves.

Southwestern vegetarian chill

I added some tortilla chips and parmesan cheese. It was really good. Zesty flavor and hearty beans and vegetables.

Natalie’s Candy Jar: Sweet spot in IAH B Concourse

In Houston international airport (IAH) there is an awesome candy shop where you can get just about anything. Natalie’s Candy Jar. Great place.

Most airports just have your typical sweets and gum so this is an extra special treat.

Their wall of jelly beans is awesome. I recently came back from a trip to universal studios where we went to Harry Potter world. We picked up some Bertie botts every flavor bean and bought a pound of jellies from Natalie’s to add some diversity and make the truly disgusting flavors from Bertie botts every flavor beans a little more rare.

Natalies has a little bit every everything from Gummi crocodiles to Mega bruiser jaw breakers, from (one of my personal favorites) Swedish fish to Candy blox.

They also have a decent assortment of nuts in case you want to make your own medley.

United Club IAH Houston B Concourse

The united club in concourse b is a bit hidden. If you’re not paying attention you’ll walk right by it. It’s hiding to the right of a huge flight status display. There are some stairs and a small elevator.

Their hours are pretty bad only open 5:30 am to 9:00 pm. So don’t plan on coming before a red eye.

Its got a pretty weird layout. A long hallway with small rooms on the right side for seating…

There are also some areas on the left where there are small individual work cubicles.

in the back there is a big open room with seating and the bar.

There is food served on the wall opposite the car. When I was there they were serving breakfast. The food is pretty standard at all united clubs but I’ve found there are slight regional variations. I guess I just assumed that their would be parity within an airport where they have multiple lounges but I immediately found different food options between C and B clubs.

There’s the oatmeal, the pastries, yogurt and fruit….

However there’s were also these nice little remade parfaits. I tend to make myself something like this using the fruit, yogurt and granola but if you’re in a hurry I guess this is nice.

However its still prepared in a glass container so you’re not leaving with that. One thing I’ll do if I’m in a real hurry but still want breakfast is to take a paper coffee cup and build a parfait or oatmeal on that and leave. You can alarmist always find a plastic silverware set outside the club. Unfortunately the clubs usually only stock metal silverware.

I also noticed that B club had fruit loops as an additional cereal option. That should make the kids (or the kid-at-heart, like me) happy.

The bar is one of the more spacious ones as the big room featured in this lounge provides for good flow of foot traffic.

United Club IAH Houston C Concourse

I arrived after my red eye from Seattle. No showers. For that you’ll have to go to E concourse in IAH.

The breakfast is well stocked. I tend to stick to oatmeal and a self made parfait.

I haven’t figured out the fruit options. They vary from airport to airport. Here in Houston we had honeydew, watermelon and grapes.

Vanilla yogurt and granola for the self made parfait….yum!!!

Standard fare as far as oatmeal goes. Some clubs have walnuts or shaved almonds. Unfortunately not in Houston.

Caught them in between refilling the white death. I try and stay away from this stuff. Honestly I wish they had more an italian breakfast: salad greens, oil and vinegar.

The lighting at the bar was really cool. This bar is really big and nice.

Double draft bays with loads and loads of draft beer options. Impressive.

  • Lagunitas IPA (usually my pick)
  • Sam Adams Lager
  • Corona
  • Stella
  • Blue Moon
  • Karbach IPA
  • Coors light (free)
  • Bud light (free)

  • Bud light
  • Coors light
  • Unknown
  • Blue moon
  • Stella
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Heineken

They’ve really upgraded this club. The decor is updated and clean.