A day to remember in the annals of global air travel. where millions of travelers everywhere, including yours truly, gave up another inch of our freedom to travel with our stuff, in exchange for hopefully safer travel for all.
"No liquids, gels, lip balm go through the security point and on the airplane", as the TSA man said.
Having taken two flights on this day of travel days, I can attest to the increasing burdens put upon us all, travelers, airlines and airport professionals, TSA employees, and other police and security personnel.
Some vignettes from the day:
- A couple scrambling to pack expensive bottles of wine and champagne into their checked luggage, while wrapping them with any convenient materials at hand, including strips of cardboard.
- A woman trying to give away her favorite bottle of perfume to any takers rather than throw it into the trash.
- A TSA screener taking away a bottle of water from a bewildered blind old lady in a wheelchair going through airport security.
- A guy applying Visine on his eyes before throwing the bottle away in front of a TSA screener at the gate.
- The steward on my flight reacting with an uncomprehending look when I informed him that there were going to be a lot of thirsty people boarding the flight in a minute. Luckily, the catering representative in the galley was quicker on his feet, and immediately offered to stock the plane with additional bottles of water.
- After all the primary and secondary checks at the gate, including tagging of all the carry-ons coming on board, the airline personnel realizing that they'd let a woman with her three kids board the flight WITHOUT checking and scanning their boarding passes.
As I said, a frustrating day for millions.
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It's pretty darn cool watching all those little Ajax airplanes landing and taking off your favorite airport. Just remember what all those passengers are giving up for you to enjoy this little aerial ballet.