How to stay out of jail at the airport

Given how stressed we all get over air travel these days, it’s easier than ever for even the most well-mannered traveler to do or say something that gets them in hot water at the airport. But sometimes a mishap or a meltdown can boil over into a potential or actual federal offense.

So it’s a good idea to know where the lines are drawn.

Read about how to stay out of the airport pokey – and how I almost landed there after coming this close to causing an evacuation of Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – in my Well Mannered Traveler column posted today on

(Column illustration by Duane Hoffman,

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