FLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
I have FINNALLY booked my one way ticket to college...(mixed emotions ) The dates and airlines don't matter right now...but my question is that my family will most likely be traveling with up to 9 checked bags (airline limit for 3 people) and probably 3 carry on bags. What are the chances of being selected and how is the FLL security staff at handeling selectees...in concourse D? I have expirenced FLL security, but never at FLL or with the amount of bags I'm traveling with. Any tips to try to minimize the chances of being selected...it would really help as with the maximum amount of bags, it will be a real hassle. Also, do they screen selectees checked bags?
Finally, on the return for my parents...jetBlue LGA-FLL...we've been selected there before, and they are MEAN...I mean they treat you like a terrorist and they treat everyone else like saints! I guess the same tips apply, but anyone have tips (in general) on being selected?
FLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
yea, the reason I'm so worried is because i'm going to have SO MUCH STUFF as I am basically moving. When I come down to visit, a carry on and a checked bag will do it, but I will probably have to maximum the checked bags, with a few bags flying empty, so I can fit all the stuff and espically for the return!
Being Selected is completely random however certain things most of which people know can give you a better chance of becoming a selectee. Also if you act like a spook when checking in the agent can make you a selectee.
FLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
Quoting Hawk44 (Reply 6): Might want to double check this as most airlines only allow 2 checked bags per person at least for free. Same with carry on bags 2 is the limit for the majority of airlines.
Song...the limit is 3/1/1
Quoting Hawk44 (Reply 6): Being Selected is completely random however certain things most of which people know can give you a better chance of becoming a selectee. Also if you act like a spook when checking in the agent can make you a selectee.
Why I use the keiosk! I'll never let my dad use it again though and when I go home from CT, I'm using the skycap!
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34579 posts, RR: 70
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
Ship your stuff as long as you don't mind paying the extra money. I "move" between Miami and Chicago about every three months and it is a major hassle. I usually end up shipping my clothes, it's not worth the hassle of taking my wardrobe to the airport. Plus, most of the time I get both my bags are each over the 50 lbs. limit. Luckily, I've had nice skycaps and found that tipping them $15 can save you $100.
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2081 times:
When I was moving out of my dorm, I bought two large boxes, packed them with as much as I could get in there....UPS came and picked them up, and I shipped them via UPS ground. It was about $30 for each package, plus $20 for the pickup but it was 100% worth it. My only regret was not shipping another box.
The packages got to my home the next day, the delivery man brought them in because they were so heavy and it saved my family from having to rent a van to come move me out.
N587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2069 times:
Most airlines have a 3 bag limit, free of charge. that may be 2 checked, 1 carry on, 3 checked, no carry on, etc.
as far as becoming a selectee. Its usually if you book a one way ticket, withing 24 hours of departure and pay cash. But keep in mind the computer can pick ANYONE as a selectee, even if you dont fit the criteria above
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 7499 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2069 times:
When I headed off to college back in '87, I shipped most of the items I wanted to take via UPS. Of course, back then, it was a heck of a lot cheaper to ship 5 or six boxes via UPS (something like $60) than it was to fly from IAH to BOS. It just required some planning in advance.
Song's domestic baggage policy (Concourse D at FLL = Delta or Song, and probably Song for FLL-BDL) allows three checked bags of up to 50 lbs each at no charge. This is similar to Southwest's policy.
Just after 9/11, a one-way ticket was an automatic "special screening" at the gate. In the past three years, though, my periodic BOS-PBI or PBI-BOS one-way tickets have not merited special screening, but that could have been because I do those trips with some regularity.