Is flying in the US since 9/11 such a big hassle? Since most agree that security in Europe is an adequate level, and flying isn't a hassle here, how can it be a hassle in the US? I aim to be at the airport 1hr30 before a short haul flight (which allows for missing a bus) so I end up actually at the queue for check in about 1hr15 before departure. For long haul I aim for 2hrs and it's usually 1hr30 in practise. Security takes about five minutes if there's a queue, one minute if it's quiet. No problem. Surely it's the same in the US?
How long does security take, what kind of measures are taken? Can't be more than a few minutes unless a machine's broken or something. In the thread about demand being soft since 9/11, a lot of the replies said the reason wasn't just fear or the economy, but how air travel is such a pain in the arse nowadays*. Is this really true?
* - the 'no toilet break in a 30 minute radius of LGA and DCA' thing IS a pain in the arse, no argument there.