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Old Jan 5th 2008, 3:26 pm
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I do not know about anyone else,But after being
searched from head to toe at Gatwick, Then debarking off a non stop flight in Minneapolis we had to go through the same procedure again.I did not get off the plane anywhere do any shopping in space, or stuff my shoes with anything? Maybe I missed a space mall and missed out on a shopping spree.I understand the stamping of the passport and whatever.
I just do not get why we must do it twice. They also bought in the sniffer dog that the kids wanted to pet.
Then the woman that was doing the searching was like Brunnhilde wicked old cow she made one kid take off his long sweatshirt he had worn it the whole trip.I just think that procedure was a waste of time....................Maybe it was just me that felt this way.
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Originally Posted by Hove View Post
I do not know about anyone else,But after being
searched from head to toe at Gatwick, Then debarking off a non stop flight in Minneapolis we had to go through the same procedure again.I did not get off the plane anywhere do any shopping in space, or stuff my shoes with anything? Maybe I missed a space mall and missed out on a shopping spree.I understand the stamping of the passport and whatever.
I just do not get why we must do it twice. They also bought in the sniffer dog that the kids wanted to pet.
Then the woman that was doing the searching was like Brunnhilde wicked old cow she made one kid take off his long sweatshirt he had worn it the whole trip.I just think that procedure was a waste of time....................Maybe it was just me that felt this way.
A lot has changed since 9/11 it didn't used to be like that. However, totally understand how you feel, especially since you were travelling with kids ...
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Old Jan 5th 2008, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Hove View Post
I do not know about anyone else,But after being
searched from head to toe at Gatwick, Then debarking off a non stop flight in Minneapolis we had to go through the same procedure again.I did not get off the plane anywhere do any shopping in space, or stuff my shoes with anything? Maybe I missed a space mall and missed out on a shopping spree.I understand the stamping of the passport and whatever.
I just do not get why we must do it twice. They also bought in the sniffer dog that the kids wanted to pet.
Then the woman that was doing the searching was like Brunnhilde wicked old cow she made one kid take off his long sweatshirt he had worn it the whole trip.I just think that procedure was a waste of time....................Maybe it was just me that felt this way.
MSP is a huge airport. You definitely missed the shopping area. That's located right after security and it looks kinda like a mini mall. Once you get into the wings of it you won't see much accept for food outlets and sundries. You might feel it was a waste of time but the minute you land the opportunity for mischief arises. Anything can happen while you are on the ground. So it's not really a waste of time.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 1:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Hove View Post
I do not know about anyone else,But after being
searched from head to toe at Gatwick, Then debarking off a non stop flight in Minneapolis we had to go through the same procedure again.I did not get off the plane anywhere do any shopping in space, or stuff my shoes with anything? Maybe I missed a space mall and missed out on a shopping spree.I understand the stamping of the passport and whatever.
I just do not get why we must do it twice. They also bought in the sniffer dog that the kids wanted to pet.
Then the woman that was doing the searching was like Brunnhilde wicked old cow she made one kid take off his long sweatshirt he had worn it the whole trip.I just think that procedure was a waste of time....................Maybe it was just me that felt this way.
I understand how you must feel. However, things can be missed.

Cleaning out my purse after arriving back in the UK from the US (total of four flights), I discovered that I had been carrying a stanley knife/razor blade the entire time. (I'd put it in there several months earlier when I went to a UK hardware store to ensure that I bought the correct one.)

And then there was a recent event involving someone I know who is based in Oz, who discovered once through all the security checks etc when leaving the US that the boarding pass she was holding was of someone with a similar name to hers.
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Originally Posted by Ozzidoc View Post
I understand how you must feel. However, things can be missed.

Cleaning out my purse after arriving back in the UK from the US (total of four flights), I discovered that I had been carrying a stanley knife/razor blade the entire time. (I'd put it in there several months earlier when I went to a UK hardware store to ensure that I bought the correct one.)

And then there was a recent event involving someone I know who is based in Oz, who discovered once through all the security checks etc when leaving the US that the boarding pass she was holding was of someone with a similar name to hers.
Maybe they are looking for a smuggled US Senator on his way to the toilets?
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I understand how you must feel. However, things can be missed.

Cleaning out my purse after arriving back in the UK from the US (total of four flights), I discovered that I had been carrying a stanley knife/razor blade the entire time.............
So they missed it, did they...
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Originally Posted by Desdemona View Post
A lot has changed since 9/11 it didn't used to be like that. However, totally understand how you feel, especially since you were travelling with kids ...
What I meant to say was the children in the customs line wanted to pet the dog,My kid days are long over.
I have been through there many times since 911 anhd I think that was the worst it has ever been...................
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Maybe they are looking for a smuggled US Senator on his way to the toilets?
thats funny as I was traveling to Idaho
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What I meant to say was the children in the customs line wanted to pet the dog,My kid days are long over.
I have been through there many times since 911 anhd I think that was the worst it has ever been...................
What I said is that I'm sorry about your ordeal, 'cos I thought maybe you had very young children travelling with you. The security is tight for obvious reasons and as another poster pointed out, you can never be too careful .... air travel is sooo fun these days
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So they missed it, did they...
Yep.
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My only gripe is most of the people looking really have no bloody clue what they are looking for.
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My only gripe is most of the people looking really have no bloody clue what they are looking for.
What you mean those Ivy League graduates that work for the TSA haven't a clue. Heavens no! LOL.
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Got hauled over for a 'Secondary!!' (This is what the official yelled - presume it means a second thorough search??) at SFO this weekend.
I 'had a go' on the device that checks for chemicals which is the wierdest thing. You stand in the box and it puffs some air at you and then a few seconds later you get a green light and the doors open.
Does anyone know what happens if it's a red light? Does a trap door open? Get vaporised? Any alarms go off and a SWAT team arrive?
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Always amusing if you arrive with a flight from South America, you would not believe what banned foodstuffs can be collected.
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Was it a mean looking cop dog or was a it a beagle? The beagles are used for food searches--looking for meats and fruits that are brought in.
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