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Spending time at an airport over the following few days?

You would possibly relate to the emotions expressed in a few items in The Wall Avenue Journal.

Northeast Ohio landlord Bert Stratton’s newest piece for the Journal’s opinion part focuses on his altering emotions about dashing to make it to the gate, a method he now sees as a younger man’s recreation.

From the essay:

It is nice sport to reach on the airport on the final minute. Nothing tops the adrenaline rush of sprinting to the gate. However I am not that quick anymore, and I’ve retired from the game. The exception is Cleveland, the place I dwell, which has a medium-size airport. There I can typically get away with an hour. However as a basic precept, I am now an hour-and-a-half-early-to-the-airport man.

He recounts a lesson discovered when he tried to get to Denver’s airport solely an hour earlier than a flight residence.

“Dumb,” Stratton writes of his technique. “The Denver airport isn’t any Cleveland: At 52 sq. miles, it is the biggest airport within the U.S. … My most ignominious second was at TSA PreCheck. I could not pull up my digital boarding cross on my Apple Pockets app. It is not that simple; I’ve quite a lot of previous boarding passes in there. A younger girl in line helped me.”

Now it is “lesson discovered,” Stratton writes, and he’ll get to the airport not less than 90 minutes earlier than the flight.

The Journal additionally profiles individuals who do all the pieces attainable to keep away from paying additional airline charges after they fly.

Amongst them: Susan Corridor, 51, who flies Frontier and Spirit a number of instances a 12 months. She “loves the airways’ nonstop flights from Cleveland and frequently scouts their web sites for offers.”

Just a few weeks in the past, the Journal notes, “she snagged two round-trip tickets to Tampa, Fla., for Thanksgiving for $232. Nowhere on her receipt: fees for luggage or seats.” (She did pay $56 apiece for additional legroom seats on a red-eye residence from Las Vegas in July, however solely after profitable a slot-machine jackpot.)

“I’m notoriously low-cost,” says Corridor, a supply-chain specialist. “The more cash I can preserve within the checking account for myself and never give to airways, the higher.”

The primary rule of payment dodging is to pack mild, and Corridor does that, taking just one bag for every week’s keep.