Monday, September 29, 2017
29.09.2014 - 30.09.2014
Up at 2:15 AM and downstairs before 3:00 to check out. The shuttle was already there so we decided to go to the airport. It was open but barely. We found seats near ALM check in and I tried the automatic kiosks which actually worked. We got all our boarding passes and the luggage checked through to Sacramento. When the world started to wake, other people arrived and naturally pushed in front of us to check in. However, since we had our bags labeled, we were escorted through first. Ha! We opened the security check line and had no problems. They even let us keep our shoes and jackets on. A short sweet flight to Amsterdam.
The adventure began! Nice to Amsterdam was an EU domestic flight but we then had to get on an international flight to Seattle, and when we got to our gate, we discovered another passport check that took forever because nobody seemed to know what they were doing and everyone wanted to supervise. Next was a nightmare security check run by Dutch control freaks. We removed shoes, belts, jackets, emptied pockets and were told to take out anything electronic . . . phone, cameras, tablets, e-readers, chargers and all cables and cords. Needless to say, it was complete chaos. I tossed my entire camera bag and purse into a bin. In another bin I put all my voltage converters, shoes, etc. I got through with a small fuss about something, but Ed was caught and couldn’t get through. I asked the man on my side what was going on and he said Ed had a camera. I told him I had the only family camera. They kept holding him and going through my briefcase that Ed was carrying for me. They finally brought it over to me and we found an old hard drive I’d brought as a spare and forgotten because I hadn’t used it. That was solved but they started on Ed’s backpack at that point still claiming a camera. From the depths of his backpack, they finally dug out the (also forgotten) speaker for his iPod. He hadn’t used it and had forgotten . . . just as I hadn’t used the hard drive and had forgotten. It would be nice if the airline would warn you to go through your luggage and put all your electronic stuff in one place so you could grab it. At any rate, they finally set Ed free and we put all our clothes back on, found seats and waited to board, none too cheerfully. What a hassle. Never had to do that before . . . In retrospect, never had to do that since.
Postscript: Arrived safely and with all luggage. The SuperShuttle driver managed to spend nearly an hour getting us from the airport to home but we did make it and Mimi was waiting for us. Good kitty . . .
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