A constant complaint from travelers is an inconsistent security and airline policy experience. This week’s reader mail addresses a wide range of these inconsistencies.
This reader mail comes from Derek in Phoenix … who asks his question about security and carry-on policy in multiple parts. Derek asks
1) which airport strictest? like: nothing sharp, even if it’s plastic
2) which airport most flexible? like: leatherman (or something like it) in the cabin
3) which airline is the strictest? flexible?
Well Derek, since I am one person traveling in a global world, I sought out a few other travelers to get their opinions … so here goes
Q1) Which airport is the strictest [for security]
A1) Ben Gurion International Airport, serving Tel Aviv, Israel
Q2) Which airport is the most flexible [for security]
A2) You asked about who may allow a tool, like a Leatherman, on board … no commercial airport I know of, or any other travelers I asked know of either. However the airports within Jamaica popped up more than any other destination … so I’ll go with the controlled by the Airports Authority of Jamaica as being the most flexible.
Q3a) Which airline is the strictest?
Q3b) Which airline is the most flexible?
There is no exact answer to this … except for El Al having the strictest security of all the airlines. Your experiences may vary.
One question I might add is this
Q) Which airport is the most inconsistent in its security?
A) Philadelphia International Airport … and this answer is likely to be agreed upon by many frequent flyers that use PHL often.