Airport anxiety is a real thing. It may not have a special scientific name – let’s call it why-is-this-queue-moving-so-slowly-aphobia – but it’s definitely a real thing. You see people panicking all the time when they’re in the airport about to travel.
Airport anxiety is the reason there’s always that slightly tense atmosphere around the departure lounge, and why people insist of joining the giant queue for the flight as soon as they start boarding, rather than just waiting till the end and strolling on last.
One place where the anxiety really kicks in for many people is during airport security. This is when you’re forced to put your shoes, belt, bags, iPads, ears, fingernails and underwear in a tray and walk through an x-ray machine to make sure you don’t have a bomb hidden somewhere like your lungs.