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Probed, Wanded and Sniffed – Home Sweet Home, Part Two November 15, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Politics, This 'n That.
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scream.jpgVacations make for super photos, stories and memories but one has to erase the travel details in order for all of that good stuff to surface. I had a wonderful vacation with friends on the idyllic Caribbean Island of St. Croix and despite my nightmarish day yesterday the good memories will resurface and yesterday’s travel day will be just one more story that will be funny – at some point in time. It feels good to know I am going to be close to home for the next seven weeks before I hit the Ho Chi Minh Trail once again. Yesterday’s travel day included four airports, a two plane, five hour delay, six take-offs and landings and was filled with all of the things I hate about travel – claustrophobia, crowds, incompetent people in ill-fitting uniforms, waiting, frustration and more waiting. I arrived home close to eight hours later than scheduled AND it cost me an extra $160. But I am home.

The topper to my hellish travel day was the TSA at it’s best. Long story short I had to buy,  at airport, last minute, a one way ticket for the third leg of my trip in order to get home. The ticket agent wrote SSSS on my ticket and warned me I would be super-screened, scanned and I added the possibility of a probe. I understood. It turns out after no less than four people at security looked at my SSSS ticket, I breezed through. Of course I then had to wait three hours for the plane delay, but I felt confident I would be sleeping in my own bed that night.

Finally the call to board was announced and all of us bleary eyed robots formed a rag tag line. When they got me me they rejected me and told me I had to go all the back to the TSA security area and get a special mark on my ticket to show that they super- screened me. Yes, the Edvard Munch image appeared on my face and a silent scream could be heard around the world. After what I believed were empty promises that they would hold the plane for me I ran back to TSA accompanied by a TSA employe and was probed, wanded, patted down and otherwise tweaked. Guess what? I passed the sniff test and was escorted back to the plane – who actually carried my luggage. The other passengers gave me dirty looks.

So here I am – up and around (just a bit drowsy). Politics later.

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1. Cheap Tickets: Airline, SuperBowl, Concert, Event Tickets » Probed, Wanded and Sniffed - Home Sweet Home, Part Two - November 15, 2007

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2. bonnieluria - November 15, 2007

as the friend being visited, I feel terrible.
But in usual Lobo fashion I had to laugh at the mention of ” ill-fitting uniforms”!
Not a nuance goes past this verbally inciscive blogger and maybe soon to be ex-traveler!
But how did you like the accomodations, Mrs. Lincoln?

3. judith wolfe - November 15, 2007

Mrs Lincoln loved the accomodations. If the inn keeper could work on beaming guests to visit rather than relying on the airlines – THAT would be something!

4. maryschwalm - November 15, 2007

Was it my idea to make sure we all flew in and out on the same flights on/or around the same time? As the unmentioned chaperone, or was it my uniform that was too tight, at least I know if I sail back to boston next time, I’ll still arrive before Ms. Judy!


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