Last year, when I took my dog on an airplane for the very first time, I was a nervous wreck. And there was one point of the journey that seemed to cause me the most anxiety. That one point: Airport security.
TSA screeners are under a lot of pressure to move air travelers through lines as quickly as possible, and as a result, they don't tend to be a friendly lot. They bark and point and wave their hands around. I was just sure I'd do something wrong, and Sinead the Boston terrier and I would hang up the whole line and get ridiculed.
As it turns out, I had lovely screeners in every airport I went through last year. And I have no reason to expect any different this year.
But, I also think that I might not be the only person with security worries this travel season. So I thought I might outline what happens at the screening checkpoint when you have your little dog with you. If I can reduce your anxiety, my job is done!
So let's get started.
You've checked your baggage at the counter, paid your fees and have walked up to the screening checkpoint. Here's exactly what happens.