Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Cross-Country Flights Add Fun to the Holidays
I arrived early, anticipating some TSA fun and games but instead found that Southwest Airlines ticket agents provided the most fun. I made a mistake as I hurried through the baggage-checking screens. They laughingly threatened me with diverting my bags to Seattle (the last laugh will be on me once I get to PHX if my bags are not there!).
As I walked toward the food court area with the rocking chairs, a high school chorale group was gathering to serenade travelers. I enjoyed their spirited singing so much and it helped fortify me for the Security Checkpoint and a possible body scan. Oh dread!
Instead a light hearted security staffmember chatted with travelers and moved them through the line. Yes, I had to remove shoes, jacket, computer, etc. and shuffle through the gate, but I DID NOT have to endure a body scan, although they had one standing by should I want to play Security Fun and Games!
I put my shoes back on sitting next to a middle-aged woman. As we slid our computers into their cases she just had to share with me that her computer was a government computer and added that some security agency would be after her should she lose it. Hmmm. I wonder if she was baiting me. Or, perhaps just not very intelligent.
I didn't share a thing about my computer as it contains some very valuable travel stories and photos, of course!
JAX further accomodated me by offering comfortable seating with plug-ins for computers. I downed my leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce (which was not confiscated).
I boarded the flight to Houston, and, as I expected, was packed in sardine-like on a full flight. So now, here I am in Houston awaiting an equally long flight to Phoenix.
Sometimes travel wrtiers just want to get home!