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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-12-15 08:47
Subject: [travel] Obligatory grumping
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Tags:omaha, travel
Such a day... Some serious flying with amateurs going on when I left San Francisco, such as the woman at the head of the boarding line who had to dig through her jacket and two bags to find her boarding pass. Or the other woman on the plane who didn't know what the row numbers meant.

The airbridge in Denver was positively Dantean in its chill. Given that the local temp is about -12 F, that's not so surprising. Now my new boarding pass for Omaha is the dreaded SSSS pass, which is basically a request for any TSA official or peace officer to take me down. (If you've never enjoyed that particular code, it flags you as the highest security risk class of flyer — in my case because I arrived on a last-minute ticket, changed airlines, and checked in to this airline already inside the secured area. Not like the airlines don't know why I did this.)

And to add insult to injury, I had to pay $24 to upgrade to a middle seat in the 'Economy Plus' section.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for the rest of the day.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: autopope
Date: 2008-12-15 17:16 (UTC)
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You'd think by now they'd have figured out that "has a platinum frequent flyer card on sixteen airlines" correlates negatively with hijacking and positive with lotsa last minute changes due to travel SNAFUs ...
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Jay Lake: travel-running_man
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-15 17:23 (UTC)
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Airline security procedures combine the common sense of a rabid stoat, the charm of the Spetznaz, the efficiency of the New York City department of public works, and the customer service focus of an autistic cattle mutilator.
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Michael Curry: brutal
User: mcurry
Date: 2008-12-15 17:47 (UTC)
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Wow...cheap shot at the Spetznaz, comparing their charm to that of the TSA.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-12-16 00:03 (UTC)
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Remind me never to antagonize you [g].
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2008-12-15 18:02 (UTC)
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Special Special Special Special....
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Laura Anne Gilman: stupid people
User: suricattus
Date: 2008-12-15 18:28 (UTC)
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Keyword:stupid people
Some serious flying with amateurs going on when I left San Francisco

And oh, the joy of being stuck in the plane behind someone who doesn't understand why their 26" duffel isn't fitting into the overhead compartment...

here's hoping the rest of your travels are amateur- (and TSA) free.

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2008-12-15 20:45 (UTC)
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"If you've never enjoyed that particular code" - I have, because my May 2007 trip to California occurred two weeks AFTER I had forgotten to renew my driver's license. However, I look like a harmless little dumpy grandma, so though they *did* have to go through my two carryon pieces at every opportunity, I didn't get anything more humiliating done to me than wanding. And felt fortunate, and how I HATE that - that I actually DID feel fortunate.

I am not making plans to buy an entire vacation wardrobe when i'm in CA next May, and just leave it there in a box in the son's storage cage, so that I can breeze through airports with only one carry-on. My luck, by then they'll charge us for wearing clothes. *My eyes! My eyes! Put out my eyes NOW PLEASE!!!*
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2008-12-15 23:56 (UTC)
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er, that should have said "I am NOW making plans" etc etc. *blush*
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User: mevennen
Date: 2008-12-15 20:54 (UTC)
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I have some sympathy for the woman with the boarding pass because despite having flown to some 20+ countries, and despite having a cute, brightly coloured leather travel folder, my documents nonetheless possess the eldritch power to relocate about my person, resulting in embarrassing scenes in (eg) Mumbai, where 2 searches conducted by myself and one by my partner failed to reveal my passport. Eventually, out of the line, a subsequent search by a Sikh security guard with the patience of a saint found it. In my handbag.

This wouldn't stop me bitching if I was behind her, however.
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Kevin Standlee
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2008-12-15 22:55 (UTC)
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It does at times astonish me how many people are (apparently) taking their first airline trip in their lives on the planes on which I fly. Or at least I seem to be surrounded with people who are under the odd misperception that they are the only people on the aircraft.

Conversely, when I try to do something polite (stepping into the row to let the people behind me pass, offering to help a short/frail person get their bag into the overhead), I am sometimes eyed as if I were a Threat to National Security. Maybe people are suspicious of anyone who doesn't behave like a selfish jerk they way they would in the same circumstances.
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User: jtdiii
Date: 2008-12-16 01:37 (UTC)
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It's the hair, it makes them jealous. :)
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