It’s fourth of July weekend and a lot of us are traveling. I’m up in Pennsylvania visiting with my family from up North. This morning Danny and I had a 7am flight. We got to Park n Fly with plenty of time to get over to the gate. I had checked in 24 hours prior to our flight. For a change I was right on top of my own travel arrangements as well as everyone else’s! There was barely any line at the Continental security and I was so excited.
And then I got to the body scanner. I literally was standing with my feet spread and my hands above my head. I think this is the closest I have come to assuming the position for the police! After my convict moment, I went through and the nice female officer asked me to stand again with my feet spread while she waited for instructions. They put marks on the floor so you know how far apart they want your feet. And I got the pat down. Luckily, the airlines don’t consider the under-wire of a female’s bra a weapon yet!
A note for people going through these scanners – put your watch with your shoes and send them through the x-ray machine. They will pat down any part of your body that has metal on it. They checked my watch and ring, the under-wire area of my bra, the beads on my shirt and the buttons on the back pocket of my jeans. Just a little tip to make it easier to get on with your day.
The flight was uneventful luckily. Continental is very excited about their merger with United and they have done some updating on their planes. You’ll notice the free headphones available as you are getting on the planes. Be aware this is because they charge to watch the newly installed DirectTV on the flight. $5.99 on shorter flights and $7.99 on longer flights.
In the end, it’s all worth it to get where you are going. As I sit blissfully on the porch of my grandparents home, the hassles of travel seem to be fading away.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend and I’ll see you all again Tuesday!