1. Carry-on a white garment bag that is clearly marked with the name, logo, and/or insignia of a widely known bridal dress shop.
I have never had such a pleasant TSA experience as the time I carried my wedding dress through security. The agents were downright NICE. And POLITE. They asked about the wedding deets. They had me ID the groom and then congratulated him.
I am tempted to pack regular clothes in the bridal garment bag from now on when traveling through airport security. Except I think they’d catch on and then probably be even ruder than normal. Maybe I should take the wedding dress everywhere I go.
I should just quit while I’m ahead.
Southwest Airlines (who in general has pretty good customer service to begin with) also went above and beyond for said wedding dress.
Flight #1: Flight attendent saw the bag, instructed me to place it an empty bin, and close the bin. That was it. My dress had a bin all to itself.
Flight #2: The dress shared a bin with another hanging garment bag. They got along just fine. At one point a guy opened the bin, saw that there was plenty of room, and began shoving the dress to one side, balling it up. I simply squeaked (it wasn’t even a gasp) and watched in horror. A family friend who was traveling with us looked at the guy and said, “DON’T touch the dress.” You would have thought she’d said there was a snake in that bin. He jumped back, flattened the garment bag, and said, “I’m so sorry! I thought it was a pillow!”
We let him live.
On both flights, the flight attendants introduced us as “special passengers”, and everyone cheered. Of course, on each of those flights about 20 of the total were en route to our wedding, so naturally we made our presence known as a group.
Stay tuned for more details about travel day. It’s quite a trek from the Southwest to a little island off the coast of Washington! Air, road, and sea – quite literally.
Have you had a wedding-dress-kind-of-pleasant travel experience?