There's nothing worse then getting to the airport and seeing an impossibly long line at the security checkpoint.
These days, it seems as though the only safe way to avoid late check-ins and missed flights is to allow for hours at the airport before your scheduled flight. After all, there's nothing you can really do if you miss a flight short of book another.
But Hooman Nikizad thinks otherwise, and he's suing the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on account of long security lines and a missed flight.
Nikizad is suing the airport for just over $500, citing the cost of a new flight and transportation fees as his rationale due to flight he missed in March that he blames on lack of adequate security officers at TSA and the use of only one body scanner.
His claim states:
"The defendants' failures cost me a new a new flight ticket and multiple transportation costs to and from the airports."
Nikizad insists that he arrived at the airport two hours before his flight and missed said flight after waiting an hour and a half in security.
Now, check out these items that you should always avoid buying at the airport:
items to avoid buying at the airport
Minnesota man misses flight, sues airport for just over $500
Wireless internet is often a necessity in order to keep in contact with your loved ones. Before you make the decision to purchase it at an airport, however, check to see if there is a local Starbucks or coffee shop where Wi-Fi will more than likely be free to use.
If you're looking for a last-minute gift then purchasing a souvenir from a shop inside the airport may be necessary. If you are able to stop beforehand, you may want to avoid buying a gift from the airport. Oftentimes, airports will increase the price of souvenirs that can probably be found somewhere else for a more reasonable price.
You may not realize it, but on average, bottled waters inside airports are about three dollars. You can avoid this trap, however, by purchasing a reusable water bottle or even emptying your water bottle before you go through the security checkpoint and refilling at a fountain once you get inside.
This is a common item that can be purchased online. If you aren't able to, however, buy one before you get to the airport to avoid paying double the market price for one.
Much like many of the other items on this list, snacks are extremely overpriced in airports. The best deal is to buy snacks in bulk and bring a few with you to last throughout your flight.
Reading a book is a perfect way to pass time while waiting for your flight -- but if you purchase a book at the airport, don't be surprised if it happens to be 40 to 50 percent higher than what it would be in a bookstore.
As convenient as it may be, you should try to avoid exchanging your money at an airport. Many times, airport transactions fees are much higher than if you were to pull money from the ATM at your destination.