Woke up about five minutes before my alarm at 5:05 a.m. At 5:40, true to their work, they had a car to take us and our bags to the student center. The bus didn't arrive to pick us up until 6 a.m. and between the people and the baggage it was really crowded. I sat next to John Rasmussan.
They gave us bags for breakfast with an apple, banana (or orange), two pop tarts, apple juice, and a muffin. Another person and I shared our breakfasts with John since he didn't get one and had two days of busses ahead of him to get back to Colorado.
Checking bags and getting through security at the airport was a breeze, even with the new regulations. The bag check at the gate was more obnoxious, taking much more than just liquids and gels from people. I checked all around and read up on the new regulations, and deodorant was never mentioned, not once! And it's a solid! Yet the...er...woman at the gate gleefully took it away and I will now have to stop at one more store and put out more money to rebuy it. It was practically brand new, too, having only been used a few times. I hope she has fun using already used deodorant (they get to take all that stuff home). Is that gross or what?
If they would have told me I would have checked it, but God forbid - that would be the right thing to do and we can't have that! I swear I hate TSA now. I have heard stories and now been the recipient. TSA sucks. They are God in the airports, and who can police God?
It is their fault since I checked more than one source and deodorant wasn't listed anywhere. I'm surprised they didn't take away my gum and empty coffee cup, too. Damn them all. I feel so violated to have someone pawing through my stuff, taking whatever they please. I'm thrilled to know I won't have to fly again until Christmas.
TSA also won't let you take non-prescription medication with you, but the airlines also can't give it out on the plane. Migraines or cramps? You're SOL. One person from Conference on the plane did have some they didn't confiscate (probably didn't find it), so at least I got my headache taken care of.
I can sneak past pepper spray shortly after 9-11, but deodorant is a terrorist tool. Tell me what's wrong with this picture. There cautious and there's ridiculous. This is ridiculous.
The plane took off pretty much on time for the hour forty minute hop to Chicago. The flight home will be faster since I don't have to go 100s of miles out of my way to Dallas.
We landed on time - even early - in Chicago. I went to my gate, but it had been changed. I walked to the new gate, and the plane was delayed, but only by about a half hour. No one pawed through my belongings at this airport. Soon we were on our way for the longest leg of my trek home.
Brad was waiting just past the security checkpoint when I arrived and we took BART home. He had no cash for the bus, so I had to give him money. I unpacked and then we went out for Chinese takeout and I pigged out.
It's been a really long day with the time difference and I am dead on my feet. I think I must be going on pure adrenaline right now.
Left Houghton Dorm: about 5:30 a.m. EDT
Arrive home: about 6 p.m. PDT
Total travel time: about 15 1/2 hours
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