Kudos to the TSA and the traveling public. I've passed through Chicago O'Hare's and Boston Logan's TSA checkpoints during the past few days with no delay or inconvenience. That is nothing short of amazing given last week's events in the UK, the resulting increase security level to orange, and all the new airport security restrictions.
Sure, I had to think about what to pack in my carry-on. I even thought (briefly) about checking a bag, but quickly regained my senses. Terrorists concern me, but airport baggage handlers scare me. To manage my fear of baggage handlers, I've learned to live for weeks out of my Briggs & Riley, 21" Expandable, Upright, Carry-on. In addition to giving me ample space for my stuff, it comes with a life-time guarantee. Given my travel schedule, Briggs & Riley has lost money on that committment.
Anyway, back to the TSA checkpoints. Liquids, pastes, and gels are prohibited -- anything that is ooey, gooey, or chewy. I bought travel-size tooth paste, hair spray, and deodorant at the hotel gift shop and Marriott provided the shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and lotion. With a little forethought and advanced planning, everything when smoothly.
The amazing part of heightened airport security was that everyone, and I mean everyone else, seemed to have thought ahead and planned too. The TSA checkpoint lines moved swiftly. No one was stopped for liquids or pastes or gels. And, everyone removed their shoes and jackets without incident. Additionally, rather than wearing every piece of jewelry to thwart home burglars, travelers were leaving home without their worldly possessions.
The TSA employees' spirits and moods were professional, but cordial. They projected an image of professionals who could adapt on a moment's notice to whatever came their way. And they did! Bravo!