|July 12, 2004, 16:59||#1|
FALaholic #: 2361
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Travel tips for idiots
Travel tips for idiots
(not you, of course)
We're entering the busy summer air travel season, which means the airports will be swarming with millions of vacation travelers, all of them ahead of you in the security line, many of them with the intelligence of an avocado.
No, that's unfair to avocados. I say this because of the passenger behavior I often observe at my local airport, the Miami International Permanent Construction Zone and Narcotics Bazaar. Every security checkpoint there is festooned with signs informing you, in several languages, that you must produce two things: (1) Your boarding pass. (2) A photo ID. There are people announcing in loud voices, "Have your boarding pass and photo ID ready!" Also, as you near the checkpoint, you can see that all the passengers in front of you are being required to produce a boarding pass and a photo ID.
If there were an avocado in the line, at some point it would grasp that it needed to produce a boarding pass and ID. But many human air travelers cannot manage this feat. Dozens of times, I have stood behind people who are taken totally by surprise. A boarding pass! AND an ID! Of all the things to need at the airport! So they start rooting through their belongings, while those of us in the line roll our eyes and the avocado rolls its pit.
To help prevent unnecessary airport delays and stranglings this summer, I've prepared the following BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO TRAVELING BY AIR:
WHEN TO ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT: You should be at the airport already.
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE YOU CAN CARRY ON: You can carry on one small bag and one medium bag, for a total of two bags. You may not carry on three bags by insisting to airline personnel - as I have seen many travelers do - that one of your bags is not really a bag, as if it were some kind of magical invisible fairy bag that the airline personnel cannot see. You also may not carry on a suitcase the size of a sleeper sofa apparently containing the entire wardrobe of "The Producers." The fact that your suitcase has wheels does NOT automatically mean that you may carry it onto the airplane. A piano also has wheels, but you wouldn't try to take a piano onto a plane, would you? No, wait, some of you would.
PROHIBITED OBJECTS: You may not take knives, guns, spears, spear guns, flamethrowers, catapults, missiles, armored personnel carriers, G.I. Joe dolls, sharp objects or cheeses, scary animals such as squid, pointy Madonna-style brassieres or anything else that could be used to inflict harm, such as a DVD of the movie "Gigli." You may carry nailclippers, provided that you padlock them shut and give the key to the pilot upon boarding.
HOW TO GO THROUGH THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT: Have your boarding pass and photo ID ready. Remove all your possessions from your pockets and put them in a plastic tray. Have your boarding pass and photo ID ready. Remove your belt, shoes, pacemakers and any large dental fillings and put them in another plastic tray. Have your boarding pass and photo ID ready. Remove your laptop computer and put it in another plastic tray. FOR GOD'S SAKE HAVE YOUR BOARDING PASS AND PHOTO ID READY. Put everything - trays, bags, children younger than 2 - on the moving belt, then stand in a nonterroristic manner until the security person signals to you, at which time, while holding your boarding pass and photo ID up nonthreateningly, you should shuffle meekly forward until your pants fall to the floor.
JOKING AROUND WITH THE SECURITY PERSONNEL: Airport security personnel are a wacky and fun-loving group who are bored to death from spending eight hours a day reminding morons to have their boarding passes and photo IDs ready. There is nothing they enjoy more than a good joke or prank, such as the one where you give the victim a can that says "peanut brittle" and when he opens it, giant spring-loaded worms come shooting out. Ha-ha! That always sets off a round of hearty knee-slapping at the checkpoint.
Yes, if you just use your common sense this vacation season, instead of wasting your summer waiting in long, hectic lines at the airport, you can spend your time relaxing in the quiet privacy of your federal detention cell.
Which is just as well, because your flight was canceled.
Originally published on July 10‚ 2004
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits of the law" because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” - Thomas Jefferson
Salami, salami, baloney...
|July 12, 2004, 18:38||#2|
FALaholic #: 11339
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Whitehaven, England
The sad part is that most of it is factual
Where exactly DO people leave their (often miniscule amount of) common sense, when they go on Holiday
Are there "Brain Kennels" scattered throughout the World, who feed & nurture the myriad abandoned "intellects," whilst their erstwhile "owners" overdose on Sun, Sea & Sangria