Category Archives: Air Travel

My Favorite Carry On for Getting Through Airport Security

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite carry on bags.


We all know getting through airport security is necessary, but a hassle. When TSA Precheck came out, I was one of the first in line, but it doesn’t always mean I’ll get it. There are still airports that don’t offer it, sometimes the Precheck lanes are closed, and sometimes I am selected at random to not be Precheck. Because of that, I still plan my carry on as though I will have to go through regular security and I have the perfect bag.

With as much as I travel, I do have luggage that was purchased at specialty luggage stores like Samsonite and even have a fabulous Roncato piece imported from Italy. They’re expensive, but they last through lots of frequent wear and tear so worth it for me. My favorite carry on, though, came not from there, but from my local neighborhood Target. Continue reading

Real ID – Why My Driver’s License May No Longer Work as an ID for Air Travel

Will Real ID Affect Your Ability to Board a Commercial Flight?Next year, my Arizona driver’s license may no longer be an acceptable form of identification for air travel whether domestic or abroad. Yes, you read right. I may no longer be able to use my driver’s license to get through airport security, at least not without a second “acceptable” form of identification. In addition, Arizona residents are not alone. People in several other states may have the same issue. Why? Continue reading

Airports Improving Dining Options for Travelers

Airports Improving Dining Options for TravelersWhen I first started traveling a lot, I dreaded the airport food. Which did I want – a fast food burger or a prepackaged sandwich? Neither really held much appeal for me but when traveling as often as I did, sometimes I had to make that choice. I have noticed, however, that I have started eating in airports more and more and not dreading it and for the first time, last week I actually chose to eat at the airport. Continue reading

I Survived My Son’s First Trip as an Unaccompanied Minor (and How You Can Do the Same)

I survived my son's first trip as an unaccompanied minor and tips how you can make it better for your own child (and you)!My 11-year-old son, who has been flying regularly since he was 2 months old, took his first solo flight yesterday. Fortunately, while my son had not done the whole “unaccompanied minor” thing before, I had experience when my niece and/or nephew have come to visit. Also, flying all the time, I had also seen unaccompanied minors on flights so I had a good idea as to what to expect.

Like all moms sending their baby off on a flight like that, I was nervous, but probably not about what you think. My son is mildly autistic and does not like to sit next to strangers. Every other flight, he’s sat next to the window with his dad or me in the window seat. At the movies? He sits between his dad and me or on an aisle. Even on rides at Disneyland, he will only sit next to an edge and someone he knows. We tried to prepare him by having him sit by other people at the movies and other places, Continue reading