Flying the Unfriendly Skies |
that idiot terrorist wannabe tried to blow up a plane with his shoes, the authorities
have updated their terrorist profile when screening travelers. I know this from
experience. Because of this incompetent terrorist, they now look for people who
are goofy, hairy, have a distant stare, and body odor.|
I fit this profile.
Awhile back, Traveling Buddy Mike and I flew up to Denver to see our buddy
Tony, "The Runaway Groom," finally get married. This was one of those once in
a life time, Haley's Comet, get a close parking place at the Wal-Mart, rare type
of events, so there was no way I was going to miss it. But we had to fly to get
there and that's where the trouble started. Security tagged me as a risk the moment
I stepped into the airport. The skies may be friendly, but the airports are downright
At the Houston airport flying out, comparatively it wasn't so
bad. For some reason, I can't get within 100 feet of a security detector without
it going off. They must be set on "goofy." After the ensuing alarm racket, they
directed me to the "possible terrorist or guy it would be fun to screw with" corner
and start touching in places I was not comfortable with. Emotionally, I'm not
ready to talk about it, but if you give me a doll I'll point at where he touched
me and then draw a crayon picture with a lot of black in it.
for airtight security, especially if I'm on the plane, but I'm not sure we're
doing this as effectively as we could. The gentleman at this gate who got to know
me intimately was a bit past his prime, had to weigh at least 350 pounds, AND
he had a broken foot. He wasn't even mobile, let alone someone who catch your
average speed terrorist. I think even I could get away from this guy. Well, if
I had a head start and took his cane.
It wasn't just my lack of confidence
in his terrorist-stopping prowess. With his lack of balance, heavy breathing,
and constant leaning into me as he frisked and wanded me, I wasn't sure if I was
going through airport security or had an especially fresh prom date. After seeing
numerous after school specials that dealt with this subject, I knew what to say,
"Sir, I'm not that kind of girl and I would appreciate it if you kept your wand
to yourself. I'm saving myself for an international flight."
was through with me, he smoked a cigarette and I continued on my way. After a
fun weekend in Denver, city motto "Yeah, we hate Texans and we like telling them
we hate them," and finally getting Tony married off - we barricaded the church
doors so he couldn't run away - it was time to fly home. That's when I found out
what Denver security is all about, especially for Texans.
in at the reservation desk, they told us they had a special line and special tags
for us. "Oh boy, a special tag!!," I thought, "Maybe we'll even get those plastic
pilot wings they give to little kids flying alone!" But, get this; a special tag
is not a good thing. They don't even let you have your boarding pass.
No, our special line was secondary screening in which we got to have all our luggage
x-rayed. The Denver airport has apparently adopted an aggressive diversity hiring
practice because two three-toed sloths with glandular problems were in charge
of x-raying, and it took 30 minutes to do 2 bags. After getting our unmentionables
photographed and examined, they sent us to general security.
every bell and whistle went off when I went through and got to go back to the
"feel up the loser" circle. They took my shoes and went somewhere with them as
I was getting frisked, either to look for explosives or try them on. They are
This time, my frisker was a woman, but not the kind of woman
I liked to have frisk me back in my pre-married days, if you know what I mean.
I'm fairly certain you know what I mean since that is an obvious and juvenile
This woman was very thorough and had a "full body cavity
search" look in her eyes. I almost missed the fat guy and his tender hands from
Houston after she was done with me.
Mike and I had been separated, so
as not to hatch any new nefarious plots I assume, and I had no idea where he was
or if either one of us was going to make the flight. And I still didn't have my
plastic pilot wings. I was pretty down.
Our terminal was the furthest
one away, so I took the train and then started the long run down the terminals.
I used the people mover, but since find it impossible to be on there without pretending
to do the moonwalk, it really didn't speed me up. But, yow, did I look cool.
I hit our gate with about 5 minutes to spare, but no Mike. He finally made
it as they were closing the door, so he hopped on. But, surprise, I got to be
securized again. Again with the taking my shoes, emptying of pockets, heavy petting,
and I really don't think she respected me in the morning.
I don't think
the wife, my doctor, or even myself is as familiar with my body as the folks at
the Denver airport are. I'm really expecting something for Valentine's Day from
them. But rest assured, if I ever sit next to you on an airplane, you are completely
You'll know it's me because I'll be sitting funny if I been through
that much security again.