Thursday, December 21, 2006

A strange trip

and I think I even got molisted in it. You can close your jaws now. I know that hearing that from a 37 years old man is a bit disturbing. This is how it started. 8 days ago, I was flying on a business trip to boston. We have a plant there (special plant but can't give you details what they make). So, I am up at 5 am to catch my flight at 7:30. My beloved wife made me a quck cup of coffee, and a kiss "see ya later" and I was in my car by 6:00 am. The airport is about 24 miles away so it took me about 30 minutes to get there. Parked my car and took the shuttle to the terminal. 6:15 now and I need to hurry up.

So I take my last cigarrette before entering the terminal, and go straight to the gate. But before the gate, I have to go through security. So I took my shoes off, belt, keys, ring, watch, and my jacket. Walked to the explosive dtection device..and...beeb beeb beeb. Suddenly, all eyes were looking at me. Heck, some even stood there watching me. The dude said "ok we have an alarm here, step to this side please and someone will be with you shortly" So i did. I saw a cute looking girl searching a woman in the search area. She said "I'll be with you in few minutes sir". Thats ok anyway, everyone is now looking at this ugly arab guy waiting to be searched. no problem at all.

5 minutes go by, and she leaves the area. then I saw this freaky looking guy (actually, too soft to be a man). He told me "please step in here sir" with a soft tone. Damn it bo3bo3, we were building hopes on the cute girl now see who we have to put up with I said to myself. Made me take my wallet, and spread my legs (don't get any ideas please :) ) and said "I'm going to pat search you". So he starts searching..down to my legas..all the way up to my shoulder..then back down again, then on my back down to my feet..then ..then..then...the damn thing is taking too long. I started to suspect what this guy wants. I've been searched before as I fly at least once a month anyway, but this is no ordinary search.

I sat down afterwards and he said "why did the machine beeb?". Duh me. I told him "I don't know, I didn't make the machine, but maybe there were traces of chemicals since I work in a chemical plant" He didn't like my answer, so he signaled to hi guys. Two guys started interegating me, and 8 minutes later, they let me go after they saw my low level security clearance. Ran to my gate so fast cause i heard my name in the intercom. Got there and went to detroit. Our travel agent gave me 45 minutes only between flights, and I had to run from gate A22 to gate C4 in McCenmara terminal. If you know the terminal, you'll know that it will take you about 25 min running (incluiding riding the train) between the 2 gates. No smoking yet. anyway, got to boston and did my work.

On the way back, the NWA agent told me that my reservation is taking me from boston-detroit-pittsburg. Ok ma'am why the hell would I wanna go to pittsburg if my home is indy? She said she can get me flight from pittsburg to indy and I'll get home at midnight. It was 4 pm at that time. I said "No No No ma'am, I don't wanna zigzag between the states to get to indy, just fix it". So she did and I got to detroit. the flight was late as usual, and it was raining. Now I had to run from C4 to A22 and barely made my connection. No smoking yet. The flight to indy was only 48 minutes but was the worset flight i ever had. The plane was shaking sideways and people were screaming. A dude next to me going home from college was scared. I just wanted to smoke a damn cigarrete so freakin bad. I got to indy picked my car and drove home. Kissed my wife and junior and straight to bed.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

what a day... even people who admire travelling they reach a point where they can't stand it if travelling on regular basis...

Bo3Bo3 said...

and life goes on

Tell me about it. I started my current job back on april 2nd this year. I spent more nights in hotel rooms than in my own home. I fly at least once a month but do drive often too. No wonder my wife is not too happy. Should slow down next year. But yes, airports are so much hassle

Summer said...

if i were you i would look for another job!!
but i have to admit, you did have a lot of workout done running between terminals!! and no smoking!!!!!!!
Elhamdulillah 3ala Essalameh.

Bo3Bo3 said...

lool summer..u must be familiar with this terminal. As for the job, oh no way, this is my dream job (if it was less travel bas). Strong company where the stocks were $6 two years ago and now at $43 (symbol: BGC)
allah ysallmek. Still in amman? How is the falafel and shawarma...oooh what i would do for a night in amman in July....oh well..take care.

Summer said...

NO, back to Beirut...have you checked my blog? go and look at the photo album of amman and jerash...if you have time...
i do not eat shawerma in amman..just too fatty for me..but i eat it in beirut, much better..some mighg disagree with me, but the falafel in amman is the best! have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

U reminded me with Joy's tailor (from friends' series) loooool

What a trip?!!!

regarding traveling alot; zooj o5tee wa9al mar7aleh he sometimes doesn't know where he is when he wakes up in the morning staring at the hotel room lool allah y3enkom

Summer said...

Wishing you and your loved ones a great holiday season and a very happy 2007!
May 2007 brings us all Health, Wealth, Happiness and much needed Peace on earth.

Bo3Bo3 said...

simsim, and life goes on, and summer...have a geat holiday..enjoy the time.