Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Waiting at the Airport

Goofy picture I just took with my Webcam here at the airport - don't expect the same quality in photos for these blog postings on the fly


Here I sit at the Philly International airport waiting for my flight to Buffalo, New York.  In Buffalo my Canadian friend Pat will pick me up and we're off to Niagara Falls, Canada for a night's stay.

My friend Larry couldn't pick me up for my ride to the airport from my home in Sussex County, Delaware because he is in the hospital with a medical emergency.  I just found out that information yesterday so I had to do some quick action to get a ride to the airport. I posted a query to our local neighborhood website for a one way ride to the airport (I pay $125).  Lucky for me I got three replies.  I choose the first reply which was a neighbor of mine on the same street.  In fact is only five houses up.  Lucky Ron!

He picked me up at 8:15 AM.  Traffic was light for the two plus hour drive to the airport and I got here at 9:30 AM.  Plenty of time for my 12:07 PM flight to Buffalo.

Of course I got confused where to go once I was here.  But I found the right directed to go for TSA Security after asking one of the many uniformed airport employees lingering around.

Much to my surprise there wasn't anybody in the TSA line.  In previous flights I've taken were much earlier.  I thought I would avoid the crowds but I didn't.  At 6:30 AM in the morning the airport is bustling. Today, nary a soul in that line. 

This time I didn't have to take my shoes off but I did have to have my luggage examined.  That was a first.  Yes, I was pulled aside but all the TSA employees were very nice and respectful.  Maybe I'll get the airport routine down yet.  

So there I was, with my baggage unzipped and my unmentionables (tight whities) exposed for the young lady TSA inspector.  I suspect this isn't the first time she's seen men's underwear while inspecting luggage.

The only glitch I had was my tar shampoo.  I had it in a container larger than three ounces. I had less than three ounces in the container but I didn't want to put it in any other container because when I did that before it leaked all over my shirt. I explained this to her.  I told her it was so hard to get that shampoo (MG-217) and I absolutely needed it (which I do for my scalp).  She checked with a co-worker and fortunately for me (I tried to look as innocent as possible when he looked at me), he said "Okay, but next time put it in a small container."  Yes sir!

Then I was clear!  I called Pat to let him know I'm at the airport and ready for departure.  I also called Bill to let him know.  Travel is complicated.

Oh, I did have a momentary scare, I looked at the departure schedules and didn't see my flight for Toronto.  Oh no! Panic!  I checked the information desk and gave him my flight number.  He looked it up and said "The flight to Buffalo leaves at Gate F-11".  Buffalo!  Oh yes, I'm going to Buffalo first then Toronto.

Now to get my light jacket because it's chilly here at the airport.  I knew I should have brought my hoodie with me.


10 comments:

  1. Safe travels - I hope Larry is ok.

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    1. Thanks Melissa. Larry should be out of the hospital now.
      Ron

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  2. Enjoy your trip I look forward to the updates.

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    1. Thank you Roger! Updates will be forthcoming.
      Ron

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  3. Anonymous12:40 AM

    I know from experience that coal tar shampoo will do a number on "soft" plastic. I got around it by using a Head & Shoulders sample/travel-sized bottle, which is made from a "harder" plastic, that I emptied out (useless for me) and filled with the coal tar shampoo. You might try getting away with putting any bottle you use in a snack size ziplock bag and then inside the 1 quart ziplock bag TSA allows, for leak protection. Don't know how they would feel about that, though. Another option is to get a prescription for it (not sure what that would mean financially for you to have to purchase it that way), because medications are exempt from the liquid rule. Happy Trails! ~ NB

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    1. Anonymous,
      I think that's what happened during my last trip to LA, the coal tar shampoo ate through the container. I won't make the mistake again. Thanks for the information and suggestion.
      Ron

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  4. Travel can be complicated for sure. Once I lost my Driver's License. I had it on me after all but I didn't know I did and I was nearly in tears and was definitely in a panic. I guess they saw your shampoo through the xray machine and that is why they went through the suit case. Should have been ok if you were checking the luggage but if you are carrying suitcase on board - then no. I am amazed that they didn't make you throw it away. Have a great trip!

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    1. Back Porch Writer,
      I am always terrified that I'll lose my wallet that contains my driver's license and credit cards. I found a credit card on the floor of an gelatto ice cream store we were at. I called the lady's credit card company and told them I found it. They disabled it and told me to destroy the card.
      I was lucky I got through with my shampoo. Next time I'll take a smaller container.
      Ron

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  5. Ron,

    I am sure you are in Canada already. Hope you and Pat are having a great time. Enjoy yourselves!

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    1. Linda,
      Yes, we are in Canada now, Day Three and we are having a fabulous time. Weather has been perfect and the accommodations spectacular. This trip will be hard to top. The only thing is my video camera gave out at an inopportune time. I'll have to make sure it's charged up more fully next time.
      Ron

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