Christopher Elliott

Who’s really to blame for your delayed flight?

Even though Kurt Johnson doesn’t work for the TSA, that doesn’t stop him from lending a hand when he’s stuck in a long line at a security screening area.

“I’ll sometimes grab an extra tray or two to help move things along,” says Johnson, who runs a fitness website in Los Angeles.

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Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler magazine. You can read more travel tips on his blog, elliott.org or e-mail him at celliott@ngs.org

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