Saturday, 23 April 2011

Home again, I think.

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Home again but I think I passed my brain, still heading east, on the way back.

When checking in to Chicago airport, they scanned my carry-on bag. The operator and another guy look closely at the screen and then a guy with blue gloves came up and said "Is this your bag?", "Yes", "I want to inspect it, come over here".

So I collected shoes, belt and computer and followed him over there.

"Before I open it Sir, is there anything sharp in here that may cut me?"

Me thinks: You x-rayed it, Bonzo, you tell me.
Me says: No.

"Please do not touch the bag while I inspect it".

He rummages and comes up triumphant with what had caught the attention of the x-ray guy.

"And what is this?"

"It's the power cord for the computer I am holding."

(pause)

"Okay, you can go."
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9 comments:

  1. I had bad experience with Aussie guys at Sydney airport last year..a male colleague of Indian ethnic was helping to bring my extra hand luggage; and seeing us as a couple..with me head-covered and him an Indian..we were asked to come aside. He was brought into another room for body inspection even though the x-ray thing didn't prompt anything and later released without any reason given. I was asked to wait but nothing was done to me. My colleague said they might suspect we're terrorist!

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  2. I am pleased to hear that you have arrived home safely ... despite the jet lag, I hope that your body clock will catch up with the time zone again soon. :)
    Those customs and baggage inspectors sound officious ... I guess they are doing their job but I'm sure some civility might be appreciated.

    xoxoxo ♡

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  3. I'd have been worried about him approaching me with a pair of Marigolds on - Lord alone knows what he could have done to you with those.

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  4. Doesn't appear to be an aptitude requirement for airport security.
    Only attitude.

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  5. I've always found US Customs to be fools or idiots; I figure the new inspectors are the ones who were too dumb to pass the Customs test.

    I've even been asked if I was bringing pornography into the country! Like there isn't enough homegrown stuff.

    Good luck with getting your head back after such a long whirlwind trip.

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  6. Entry and exiting USA puts me off ever going there!

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  7. it's worrisome how un-clever we've become...

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  8. Did they ask you that old moral torpitude question?

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