Tag Archive: airport security

May 03 2016

Is it security theater? Or is it Italy?


I recently returned from 5 days in northern Italy … one of those very rare occasions when I was able to combine a business trip with a bit of leisure due to my Swede being up against a “use it or lose it” deadline on some vacation days. Mix in fact that the weather was still …

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Jan 06 2012

Hot travel tip from O’Hare’s Terminal 5

If “opting-out” of the back-scatter machines, be sure there is staff on hand to pat you down BEFORE putting your carry-in luggage, travel documentation and other valuables on the x-ray belt.  We ended up in a queue of opt-outs, including a family with several small children and a woman in a wheelchair.  We had to …

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Dec 05 2010

Home safe in snowy Sweden

The Swede and I are back in Vikingland after a whirlwind Thanksgiving trip to the US.  We spent about four days in my hometown in northwestern Indiana, four days with extended US family in northeast Ohio, and four days with two of my best friends in New York City. (NYC photos are trickling in to my …

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Nov 21 2010

Getting ready to run the gauntlet…

…that is transatlantic air travel. Dr. Darling and I depart for our Thanksgiving “vacation” in the US in a few hours.  I put quotes around the word vacation because it’s hardly going to qualify as restful or relaxing. Due to assorted family commitments and the Swede’s desire to see some other parts of America besides …

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Jan 06 2010

Fun with flying, post-underwear bomber

Given that mid-north Indiana’s weather had been so wackily unpredictable for the previous two weeks, we chose to take an earlier shuttle than normal up to Chicago O’Hare, arriving at international Terminal 5 a full five hours before our red-eye flight to Copenhagen departed. Word to the wise: O’Hare’s Terminal 5 is probably the most …

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Dec 17 2009

Some rules know no boundaries

After two fabulous but somewhat exhausting days in Chicago, we have now made our way south to Lafayette. This was the first time we've ever done an intentional lay-over in the Windy City and I must say that a luxurious hotel room bed with 80-gazillion thread-count sheets does take some of the sting out of …

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Dec 07 2009

TSA’s snow globe ban offends purveyors of useless crap

Evidently it's been in place for a couple of years now, but this article on snow globes being included on the US Transportation Safety Administration's list of items that cannot be carried on to airplanes made me laugh outloud. Of course it sort of makes sense. Snow globes are filled with liquid, after all…though just …

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