The smaller the airport, the more likely you’ll face pushback
On my flight out, I got stranded in Dallas for the night, thanks to several nearby tornados. No problem! I spent the night in an airport hotel and ate chicken-fried steak at Applebee’s. But on the way home, that same twister nonsense forced my flight to bypass DFW entirely and instead land and disembark in... Abilene! Yes, Abilene, where the airport has maybe three full-time employees and the sole cafeteria doesn't sell booze. (It does have a giant stuffed moose, however.) So when it was time to reboard our plane, I wasn’t even remotely surprised that the 17-year-old taking tickets refused to believe that you can travel without an ID. "You’re not getting on this plane," she trilled, apparently not understanding that I had already boarded the original flight earlier that morning without a problem. It took a half-hour to find someone familiar enough with the TSA manual to let me board, mere moments before pushback. If you can, stick to the larger, moose-free airports.
Do NOT attempt this overseas
It’s all well and good to lose your wallet on domestic soil -- Abilene excepting -- but international travel is a whole other bag. Lose your passport while traveling overseas, and you have to apply for an emergency replacement (here's how). Travel idiocy, like so much other idiocy, is much more widely accepted stateside.
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Meaghan Agnew is a Boston-based writer who pets strange dogs with impunity. Follow her on Twitter: @meaghandeth.