one Eye, where do you think you're going?"
held at gate due to suspicious appearance
to an unfortunate run-in with the lights in our basement, I now don a
pretty scary looking black eye and a cut that required 7 stitches.
have flown around a dozen times since September 11 and as of Wednesday had
never been subject to the "random" bag checking that now occurs
at the gate during boarding.
enough, while pre-boarding on my flight to Newark this week the lady
got one look at me (black eye, black overcoat, flaw gray sweater) and
advised me to please step to the left to go through the special security
check. A few minutes later after being padded down and having all my
bags opened and searched, I got the ok to board the plane.
I eventually was on the plane I had a window seat and on the approach into
Newark was able to see the NYC skyline for the first time w/o the World
Trade Center buildings. It was pretty striking - once again the Empire
State looms as the distinguishing feature of the city.
- the rumor that they are now asking everyone to remove their shoes in
security is not true. Also, most of the National
Guardsmen have been carrying pistols. I saw one guy in Newark
with an M-16.