Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for Airport




Saturday morning I pulled up to the Delta curbside check-in at Minneapolis Airport in what should have been plenty of time. I had checked myself and my suitcase in the night before. Can you guess where this is going?

When I arrived I was taken aback by the queues at both curbside kiosks. They were long, extremely long. So I decided in my ultimate wisdom to go inside. BIG MISTAKE! The queue inside snaked the full length of the delta area. I rushed back outside to the kiosk queues. I discovered as I queued that the reason for the humongous crowds was spring break.

It was 7:30AM. Freezing out and yet trickles of sweat ran down the middle of my back. Curbside check-in man was very friendly, chit chatting away to everyone as I scanned my watch every half second, hopping from one foot to the other.

I finally reached the chatty curbside check-in man and showed him the boarding pass, clutched in my hand. He took my bag weighed it and clocked in numbers and letters on the screen keyboard.

"Sorry Mam, I can't check you in here."

"Why," I whined.

"Don't know Mam, says special items here. Have you a dog or something?"

Now he was weighing my only bag. A zipped and TSA locked bag....
Where the HE hockey sticks could I possibly have a dog or something!

"You will have to go inside Mam, I can't help you.   Next!"



Tune in tomorrow for B !

52 comments:

Liza said...

Just reading this makes me stressed! Yikes and good writing!

Karen Walker said...

Oy vay!
karen

Brigid said...

A is for 'Annoying', I will tune in tomorrow to see if you make it on the plane!!

Matt Conlon said...

I hate air ports. I hate flying. I hate traveling of any kind... Special items?? My mom says I'm special, so NYEAH! :P

Jules said...

If I had a line like that at the airport it would mean the entire town was evacuating :)
Can't wait for "B"
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Way to keep us hanging for "B". Nice job.

walk2write said...

I know you'll "be" nice no matter the outcome of this story. You're a granny, after all.

Old Kitty said...

Oooooh you TEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bad Ann!! Bad!! Oooh B for Bad Ann! LOL! Take care
x

Su said...

Oh, my. I love airports in the "Yay, I'm going somewhere!" sense, but not in the "Wow, long lines! High prices! Uncomfortable seating!" sense. Am eagerly awaiting part 2...

Shelley Batt said...

Can't wait to find out what happened.

Rosalind Adam said...

That's so awful, my worst sort of travel nightmare scenario and now I've got to wait to find out what happens. *sigh*

Rebecca Dupree said...

At least you got a great story out of it! right?

Ellen Brickley said...

Tell me you made the flight!?

Marie Anne said...

I visited that airport many times during the few years I lived in Big Lake and Zimmerman. Not a fun way to spend a day.

salarsenッ said...

Aw, that sucks! Where do you end up??

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Plain Jane said...

Big airports are the worst!! I pay extra to fly in and out of small ones. Long Beach Airport is my favorite. Can't wait to see what happens next...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ann .. oh no ... sounds distinctly unpleasant and frustrating ... looking forward to B!! Cheers Hilary

Raquel Byrnes said...

How terrible. I hope you made your flight. I'm with 'Plain Jane'...I fly out of smaller airports its worth the extra 10 bucks to me.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Hart Johnson said...

URGH!!! The pain of flying during spring break!!! I feel for you! Sorry about that! And sorry your invisible dog didn't slip past them! (erm... or something)... hope the rest of the travel goes well.

Nikki said...

What a nightmare! I can't wait to find out what kind of special items you were packing.

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Lola Sharp said...

Eeep! Evil airports. O_0 I hope the story get's happier, for your sake.

Happy weekend, Ann. :)
Love,
Lola

Jan Morrison said...

what a sneaky pete you are! I'll be back (but then you knew that!)
Jan Morrison

Heather M. Gardner said...

Great hook! You got me! I'll be back tomorrow for B!
HMG

Misha said...

Oh my word! I would have gone nuclear on his ass.

Rachel Morgan said...

Weird! I would NOT have been impressed!

Angela Felsted said...

This is the first airport one I've come across. Nice.

Madeleine said...

Airport staff give me the creeps, they never crack a smile and they always seem to frisk me! Great writing :O)

The Golden Eagle said...

Looking forward to B!

Great start to the Challenge!

Robyn Campbell said...

A stands for ARGH! Love knowing they're lookin' out for us. ;)

Clarissa Draper said...

Oh man, I hate flying. I can see why people hate it as well.

Ann said...

Oh my! I do hope B lives up to its expectations. The posts about my Nashville trip will be a little out of order. This is due to the nature of the Alphabet. It has nothing to do with my disorganized mind. Really it hasn't!!!

Jonathon Arntson said...

How annoying. I look forward to knowing what happens. Hopefully it's a happy ending.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Oddly enough, I had to take a business trip earlier this week. I had a stopover on the way home, and I was worried I hadn't allowed enough time between the flights. Luckily, my first flight was late, and the airline put me on an nonstop to Chicago that got me home earlier than the other flight. I hope your story has a happy ending!

catdownunder said...

Will wait and see if I am right

Lynda R Young said...

lol, gotta love airports...not.

Tracy said...

UGH, you have got to be kidding me! what an inconvenience...there is nothing more I detest than being inconvenienced for no apparent reason. I'll wait to see if it was for no apparent reason!

Talei said...

I love airports, one day I will arrive, check-in, go through to the lounge - all without a hitch...pfft. Well, I hope to! Nice post dear lady. ;-)

L'Aussie said...

Geech! No place I'd rather spend extra time than at an airport. I'm taking a long trip soon so I'll leave my 'doggie' at home, ha ha.

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Ciara said...

That stinks! I'm a follower now. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :)

Kari Marie said...

Groan. Ugh. Yuck. At least it was warm and dry in the building. I hope you made your flight.

The Words Crafter said...

I would have cried!!!!!!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

YIKES! It sounds like you had quite the airport adventure... Remember back in the 90s when it was fun to travel...

Will Burke said...

Whoa, what the hell?! I'm a little agitated just reading this!

Trisha said...

Airports can be a REAL pain. ugh!

Niki said...

haha oh no.

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Ellie said...

Gosh. I'd think I would be saying A is for angry!

Ellie Garratt

Talli Roland said...

I feel your pain, Ann. Ugh!

Manzanita said...

Ann,
I can feel your frustration. I used to have to travel with my chihuahua and once I did have the airport police surrounding me in the Mpls airport. My dog had his "ticket" and vet papers but somehow they thought I was smuggling a dog. How embarrassing that was.

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

ahhh.....I'm here waiting for post ***B*** !! LOL

Awesome post, Ann.

Doris

Jeffrey Beesler said...

It's been years since I was last at an airport!

India Drummond said...

I used to love airports. Prime spots for people-watching. But TSA has ruined all that. Blergh!

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Patricia Stoltey said...

Don't you hate it when there are scary airplane stories when you're traveling? So here we are, and this Southwest thing happens. Bummer.