It was another very early start to the day for me with a 6.30 am flight out of Pittsburgh airport. I almost did not make it onto the flight. The check-in area was swamped with people when I got there at 5 am. I just had to drop my bag at United, but there was no bag-drop line. So by 5.45 am I was still in line and I yelled as politely as I could ‘Ma’am! I’m on the 6-30 to Chicago!’ . That got me to the front to dump my bag and I was off to the security line. Mercifully my return flight was marked ‘TSA Pre’ as well, so I could scoot through there in a few minutes and make a dash for the gate.