Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mile High Goths

Ah yes, a new year, another trans-Atlantic eight hour flight back to the United Kingdom. Tonight I hop on a plane to spend the next six months in Scotland again after a short break back in the United States with my family. While I love traveling on a plane where I don't have to balance holding the map and my package of Goldfish crackers while loudly wondering if this is the turn the GPS is talking about or the next one, it has its own set of challenges. Namely: What do you wear?

Mile High Goth


It might not feel like a high priority to look Goth, but if you are heading directly to meet up with someone and you want to not look travel gross, it might be a priority for you. The key issues of flying for Goths are balancing looking Goth, going through security, and being comfortable.

For the most part, TSA security do not really care about your unusual fashion. To be honest, they've probably seen stranger. As long as you aren't breaking in flight rules, which you can check on your airline's website, you'll probably be fine.

First let's consider going through security. Body piercings are usually designed with non-magnetic metals which will not set off metal detectors, but keep the amount of metal in the rest of your outfit to a minimum if you aren't sure. Garments decked out in badges, safety pins, spikes, and buckles all have the potential to set off metal detectors.

Mile High Goth #2


Also keep in mind that TSA may ask you to remove accessories like jackets, belts, scarves, etc. so that they can pass you through security quicker. To make sure you aren't bogged down by having to take these on and off, keep your outfit simple. If you wear petticoats and don't want to pack them, be aware that TSA may either perform a pat-down or a search to ensure you aren't hiding anything in them. If you would be bothered by this, read up on your privacy rights and consider packing the petticoats instead.

To stay comfortable, don't wear clothing that is too tight or structured. If you wear skirts, this is a great time to bust one out for comfort's sake. If not, avoid anything too tight or uncomfortable. Breathable materials rather than polyester are a good idea. Lastly, although this sounds silly, make sure your shoes fit. Feet and hands tend to swell at high altitudes, and you don't want already tight shoes to become pinchy.


Mile High Goths


As far as makeup goes, you may choose to wear some on the plane but expect to need a touch-up if your flight is over three hours long. Personally I wouldn't wear anything elaborate for a plane journey just because the touch up would take so long, but I would recommend keeping a chapstick of some kind in your bag to counteract grossly drying airplane air. Just keep the liquid and cream makeups in a clear plastic bag for passing through security and you should be good to go.



Personally today I'm wearing a comfy black knee-length dress from Forever21, a borrowed hoodie, polka-dotted socks, and my black slip ons from Payless.

What do you wear to fly?

12 comments:

  1. Good tips! When I fly, I always wear socks so that when I take my shoes off for security, I'm not barefoot. (Having my bare feet on the airport floor would gross me out.) I pull my hair back loosely because a high ponytail or a bun makes it uncomfortable to lean back in the airplane seat.

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    1. Honestly I always go for the silly college girl top bun so it doesn't press back against the seat. And yes, socks are definitely a necessity!

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  2. When I fly, which is at least twice a year from Hawaii (where I live) to Canada (where my family lives), I also always wear socks to avoid bare feet on airport floor. Plus my feet are ALWAYS cold on the plane, so it's a win-win.
    I usually wear leggings, a skirt, socks, comfortable shoes that are easy to slip off and on during the security check, a t-shirt, and a drapey cardigan. Waterproof eyeliner and as you said, Chapstick! Done and done.

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    1. Simple and sounds perfect for flying, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Once they didn't let me pass my necklace in security check and I had to leave it to my family to take it home. It was a silver bullet amulet that had a skull. I explained it wasn't a real bullet but they said no because I could threaten someone with it. And I'm sure the metal detectors didn't work because I thoughtlessly had put a metallic pair of scissors in my bag and they didn't find it.

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    1. Most planes allow pairs of scissors with blades shorter than five inches, maybe that's why they let it through! It's a shame about your necklace, though. That's a real pain.

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  4. Pack light, no metal, nothing valuable (in case the TSA wants to take it), no cash, shoes that are easy to get in and out of, nonconstricting clothing, a washable travel bag...cause bedbugs

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  5. Great advice :) emphasis on the comfort factor, and I second the easy shoes on/off... theres nothing worse than being stuck trying to remove your shoes or put them back on in a rush with everyone waiting in line behind you. I tend to fly without makeup, and maybe just go with a little eyeliner and mascara shortly before landing if I want to look nice. But then with long haul I just avoid makeup altogether, because jetlag.

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  6. this is a great post and so helpful too. i'm flying to Japan soon so will definitely keep this in mind
    xo

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  7. Last time I flew, I made the mistake of wearing my petticoats to fly because I was worried that they'd get all crushed in my suitcase. Well, they got a bit crushed in the tiny seat anyway, and caused me a time delay at security.

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