After spending a night at the Days Inn at Saugus some 10 miles from Boston Logan I checked out at noon and took the shuttle to the airport. My Delta Connection flight to JFK wouldn't depart earlier than 19:00 so I hoped to find a good place for spotting at BOS.
When I had searched for flights on KLM's website in January, I was offered a list of numerous flight combinations to choose from - but KLM's B777 (which I wanted to get) was only available in combination with a rather late connection to JFK, departing at 19:00. All earlier BOS-JFK flights were combined with KLM's B744.
All my flights showed a KLM flight number so I left the shuttle at the international terminal and headed for the combined NWA/KLM check-in area, run by NWA. I tried to enter my booking code into a self check-in machine and I got an error message. After trying some more times I went to a counter with a rather unkind female agent. She tried and told me should couldn't find my reservation. She asked where I would go to and I told her I would fly via AMS to MUC after connecting to JFK. She seemed to be confused and said that there would be a nonstop from BOS to AMS on Northwest. Then she asked me which carrier would fly me to JFK and when I said "Delta Connection" she answered I should go to a regular Delta check-in counter. "We don't have access to Delta", she added. The fact that all flights showed a KL flight number didn't matter. So I grabbed my luggage and walk all across the airport to Terminal A...
KLM Seat Map? No Access...
At a DL counter a very kind agent checked my reservation and wondered why I wanted to check in so early. She immediately offered me to take an earlier flight to JFK and I agreed. Then she printed a boarding pass for a confirmed flight at 18:00 (at least one hour earlier than planned) and gave me a standby boarding pass for a flight at 14:00. "But I think this one will be hard to get", she added and told me to ask at the gate for a free seat on any of the consecutive afternoon flights.
The next surprise: "I can't get access to the KLM seat map", she said. "I can print a boarding pass but only with a randomly chosen seat." The boarding pass showed a middle seat (B) and she advised me to ask for a new seat at a KLM counter at JFK. Therefore I really hoped to get to JFK as soon as possible because I wanted to reserve a window seat. It had been much easier for the NWA flight to MEM because one can reserve seats on NWA's websites in advance. KLM doesn't offer such a genial feature.
Before I passed security I went back to the parking garages and tried to get some registrations. The roof offered nice views but several construction workers were around so it would have been a matter of time until someone called the cops. The Boston skyline:
Monday, 12 March 2007
Boston (BOS) - New York (JFK)
Flying time: 00:43 (hrs)
Passing the Puffer
Just when I had put my hand luggage on the x-ray machine a TSA guy asked me to pass one of the new "puffer" machines which are designed to test for explosive traces or other chemicals. I had never had the "pleasure" to walk into that apparatus and the TSA agent explained what to do. He told me I would be shot by air and I should stand straight until the door opens again. Within seconds air shot out of dozens of nozzles and after it stopped I waited for the green signal. It took some 20 seconds, which can be quite a long time in such a machine...
After I had grabbed all my stuff I walked to a desk where a TSA agent was apparently watching the events at and around the apparatus. I asked him about the function of the machine and he willingly answered, explaining that the air releases microscopic particles from clothes and skin for an analysis. "Very expensive machines", he said and added: "The analysis still takes too long and we have about 20 false alarms per day." I guess such a false alarm can REALLY screw up your day...
Waiting on Standby
At the gate area for the BOS-JFK shuttle flights I noticed some delays and could log some more registrations, though views were limited. A while after boarding had started I was surprised to hear my name on the loudspeaker. I immediately went to the desk where a five-member Indian family was already waiting. Just when it was my turn a lady with her teenage son passed me from behind and pushed to the front - what cheek!
After some seven people had apparently got a seat on standby I had doubts there would be one left, but it worked out well. I received my boarding pass and was asked for immediate boarding.
Two Seats, Four Passengers
When I entered the CRJ's cabin I noticed two young guys standing next to the cockpit door - I immediately guessed that their seats had been assigned twice. I walked down to the second last row and took my window seat next to a girl belonging to that Indian family.
Some minutes later all seats were occupied and the two guys were still waiting. Suddenly an announcement confirmed my thoughts, two seats had been assigned twice. So I knew two standby passengers would be kicked off again and I wasn't amused when suddenly a grim looking female supervisor started running down the aisle...I feared the worst but then she passed and chose two other victims - and interestingly, the ones who had to say bye, bye were the lady and her son who had pushed to the front only 15 minutes earlier...
Doors were closed and I could add N528CA to my list - nice that I finally got the CRJ200 after having flown only on the CRJ100 before. I noticed the Indian girl monitoring my notebook and the registration list so I decided to tell her a few sentences about my hobby. She was surprised to hear about that and asked some more questions. Definitely better than having yet another one calling the cops after landing...
Parked next to us was sister-ship N964CA, a -100 series:
We left the gate more than 45 minutes late and finally took off at 14:57...
...overflying runway 32:
15 minutes later small bottles of water were served and the FA offered different items in a basket. I took a bag of peanuts and tasty cheese filled wafers.
Just after I had finished my snack and put the water into my hand luggage the approach was started. We overflew another airport...
...and large housing areas...
...before touching down at 15:40. Ten minutes later we had the pleasure to walk to the terminal in cool and windy conditions - at least a part of the walkway was roofed over, looking like a long tent.
New York JFK: New Boarding Pass
I immediately left Terminal 3 and went straight to KLM's check-in counters at Terminal 4. I had to wait in line for a while and then asked a male agent to put me on a window seat in the last or second last row. When he realized I was talking about the late evening flight he mentioned that they would now be checking in pax for the afternoon flight. However he finally logged onto the seat map and printed a new boarding pass with seat 43 A. Though the flight's departure time was 23:15, the agent told me to be at the gate at 20:30 and even wrote that time onto the boarding pass with a red pen.
Some time later I discovered that instead of my last name it said S-last name on the boarding pass. At that time I hadn't seen the SSSS-entry yet and went back to the counter to ask whether that boarding pass had been correctly printed. A female agent first asked an older workmate and then assured everything would be fine...
Spotting at JFK
It was only 15:30 in the afternoon, so plenty of time left for spotting. Two years ago I had discovered a great place one level above the AirTrain station between Terminals 5 and 6. There's a corner with elevators - and with stairs located directly behind, almost out of sight for people heading to the terminal. Most travellers use the elevators so only few people go around the corner. Due to dark green glass, nobody can see you from the street level or from the walkway to the terminal. The place is high enough to provide great views of one runway, a part of the jetBlue's Terminal 6 and many aircraft taxiing to other terminals. A similar place can be found above the AirTrain station at Terminals 2/3.
Selectee!!! The SSSS-Check
After sunset I spend some time with eating and reading and finally headed for security. At all different airports during my trip the security staff checking boarding passes and IDs had been quite ok, sometimes even friendly. This time the lady looked grim and only nodded. I left my hand luggage and a basket filled with shoes and the liquids bag on the x-ray machine and passed the metal detector. One second later I faced an even more furious looking guy who just took my boarding pass and told me straight and loudly: "You have been selected for secondary screening! Wait over here! The guy pointed at a small rubber mat on the floor, surrounded on three sides by a waist-high barrier tape. Just in that moment, I watched another screener opening my hand luggage bag and taking out the little bottle of water from the Comair flight which I had totally forgotten...what a great coincidence I thought!
While I was standing in that tiny "penalty box", in socks and without belt, I noticed the gate area was probably just 50 meters away and some pax bound for an Aer Lingus flight were watching the scene. Suddenly the furious looking guy yelled "Selecteeeee!!!" I wasn't sure what he meant but after a few moments another TSA guy showed up - apparently the "selectee checker". He started talking fast like reading from a paper and told me the "triggers" for being selected, mentioning the purchase of one-way tickets, unusual routings and a number of other reasons. Then I realized the check-in agent must have put me on the SSSS-list because I requested a seat change and a new boarding pass...
Then my "personal checker" pointed at my luggage and other stuff at the shelf of the x-ray machine and asked: "Is that your luggage and your basket?". I confirmed and he told me: 'Do not touch that stuff any more from now on!" What an illogical order, considering that my luggage was three or four meters away, totally out of reach...
He took my stuff, told me to follow him to a table and advised me to sit down on a chair. Then he said: "Now you have the chance to explain yourself." I only thought WHAT? Then I wondered how much the TSA would know about my rather unusual trip and the combination of different airlines. Considering that he would search my belongings and probably find my itinerary, I simply explained that I like flying.
Before he started checking my luggage I got a body search and again the Aer Lingus pax had an interesting show to watch...the guy then checked every pocket of my hand luggage and my biggest hope was that he wouldn't have a look at my little notebook with hundreds of registrations - which, together with all the airline codes, may appear very strange to a TSA agent. I was indeed relieved when he closed the very pocket with my notebook...
Finally he wiped parts of my luggage and my clothes with a kind of cloth and then disappeared - the obligatory check for explosive traces. After three or four minutes he came back and I was fearing the worst for a fraction of a second when he started his first sentence with "Unfortunately". Though what he said was: "Unfortunately we have to do these random checks. Thank you for your patience and have a good flight." Yes, thanks a lot.
Monday, 12 March 2007
New York (JFK) - Amsterdam (AMS)
Flying time: 06:16 (hrs)
PH-BQK Mount Kilimanjaro (s/n 499), delivered 01/2005
Economy Seat 43A
KL643 landed more than an hour late from Amsterdam and arrived at the gate shortly before 22:00. The aircraft was PH-BQK, named Mount Kilimanjaro.
Occupied Seat and Smelly Food
Though KLM tried to start boarding on time it was delayed for a while because there was an older man to be carried in a sickbed which slowed down the process. When I finally arrived at my row I found a young lady sitting at the window, partly stretching over the middle seat and eating a foul smelling Asian meal from an airport fast food restaurant. I said "Hello" and guessed she would realize I wanted to go to my seat. But she only looked at me and continued eating. Then I told her the window seat was mine but all I got was an irritated look and the reply: "I have a real mess here." Indeed, she had created a mess with her smelly food boxes - drops of the meal's sauce had even ended up at both the middle seat and a pillow.
Meanwhile a kind female flight attendant had shown up and asked whether everything was alright. Just when I started explaining that I had reserved the window seat the young lady finally moved her back as well as her belongings, though very slowly. Somehow I got the impression she was under influence of anything. At least the middle seat remained empty, load was around 85% in Economy.
Cabin Comfort & Seat
The seats on KLM's B777 are very comfortable and the legroom is quite generous. What's most interesting - the IFE box is not located under the window seat but under the aisle seat. Very good decision, considering that passengers on an aisle seat can stretch out much easier and can stand up at any time.
After boarding was completed the captain explained that the delay had been caused by the aircraft's late arrival at AMS. Though he was optimistic about an on time arrival: "I have requested some extra fuel so we can fly faster!"
We were pushed back at 23:42 and finally turned in for a powerful takeoff one minute after midnight. I couldn't use the flash at night and tried an alternative:
Some 30 minutes after takeoff nuts and a first round of drinks were served. I ordered Ginger Ale on ice:
KLM's B777s are equipped with an AVOD IFE system that offers a wide range of movies, TV features, music CDs and games as well as the flight tracking channel. It cannot match Emirates' ICE system but it's still more than enough to prevent boredom on long flights. The PTVs are also smaller than the latest models on EK, EY or SQ but again they're ok. The flight was too short to explore much of the system, but I rated it very satisfying.
According to the late departure a light dinner was served more than an hour after takeoff. I chose chicken breast with mash potatoes and green beans, accompanied by couscous, chocolate cake and a bread roll. While the presentation looked a bit cheap (especially the green tray), the food was very tasty - better than on NWA regarding both quality and quantity. An ice cold Heineken was my drink of choice:
Replacing a Heineken
Only two hours ago I had wondered about the lady's Chinese sauce on both seat and pillow - now it was my turn. I somehow struck the half filled glass of beer and within a second the cool Heineken spilled over the table, my pants and the seat. I called an FA and asked for some napkins which she handed over to me only a minute later. She just smiled and said: "It dries quite fast in an aircraft!" Another FA, also a kind guy, offered a replacement beer after that. Btw - the young lady didn't witness anything as she had been sleeping since we had taxied to the runway...
After dinner I tried to get some sleep and three hours later we had almost crossed the Atlantic Ocean:
Flight data in Dutch:
Monocrystals on the window:
Some 75 minutes prior to landing a light and tasty breakfast was served, comprising orange juice, raspberry yogurt with cereals, a cinnamon granola bar and a muffin.
On approach to AMS we passed a large off-shore wind farm...
...before overflying the coast...
...and diving into foggy skies:
The wing cutting dense wafts of mists seconds from touchdown:
After touching down at the Polder runway it took us almost 15 minutes to reach our gate. Everybody jumped up and was ready to get off the aircraft - but not the young lady in the aisle seat. She was still sleeping - and it seemed I had to wake her up once again. During the flight I already had woken her up twice on leaving my seat and returning a few minutes later. This time I said "Excuse me?" twice, the second time a bit louder, but nothing happened. Then I loudly said: "Hello, we have arrived!" No reaction yet - and a Dutch couple in the last row already started laughing at my desperate attempts to revitalize that lady. Finally I had no choice and gave her a push which actually worked. She looked quite confused, gave me an irritated look, suddenly jumped up and ran down the aisle...
Spotting & Boarding
While walking through the terminals I noticed long queues in front of several transfer desks and crowded gate areas. Later I found out that numerous flights had been cancelled that morning due to thick fog around AMS. I spend the remaining hours with spotting and finally entered the last bird on this trip. This time it was PH-BPC, a B737-400 originally delivered to Air UK Leisure in 1989.
I was surprised to find my seat in the overwing exit row which offers excellent legroom. A kind flight attendant instructed me about the safety prodecures, several times emphasizing "just in case"...
Polder, Volume IV
For the fourth time in a row the Polder was our runway of choice, after leaving the gate it took almost 20 minutes until we could take off. Views were limited due to a scratched plastic pane covering the window:
Just like on the MUC-AMS service cheese and ham sandwiches were offered. This time I tried ham and it tasted not as dry as its cheese counterpart. However, too much mayonnaise for my taste. The coffee was quite good, though.
The remaining flight to MUC was uneventful and we touched down at 16:41. I grabbed my luggage 20 minutes later and headed home after a successful and enjoyable spotting trip.
Delta's part of the trip was very limited, but it was a positive experience. The ground staff at BOS was very helpful and they managed to get to JFK earlier than expected. However, the Skyteam partners still have to improve their cooperation so that seat requests can be handled easier. The ride on Comair was nice, but it can't match jetBlue in terms of aircraft type, cabin equipment and personal service.
Flying KLM was a pleasure yet again. Just like on my last KL long haul trip crews were very kind and helpful, both on the ground and in the air. KL's B777 is well equipped with comfortable seats and plenty of legroom. What I like most is the location of the IFE box under the aisle seat. The AVOD IFE itself offers a wide range of options, definitely enough to spend 10+ hours in the air. The B737 classics' interiors are a bit outdated but still offer sufficient comfort for short haul flights. Catering could be improved - the sandwiches on European services aren't culinary delights. The light dinner on the long haul service tasted good, but the meals' presentation should be improved. The breakfast was absolutely sufficient, but they should serve it on a tray.
KLM beats NWA in most categories (seat comfort, leg room, IFE, crews, catering and onboard service) but needs to improve its website, especially the option to view and manage bookings. I can fully recommend KLM for long haul flying - but those who rate IFE important should only choose the A330 or the B777.
As usual, comments, opinions and questions welcome!
DALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 28 Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 23990 times:
Excellent TR. Somewhat i feel sorry for you for searching you!!! I went through this several times and still
it happens to me. I was taken to hospital for x-raying my stomach. I was put in to custody for they thought that i was suspictious. A nd all that happened before 911. I think because i am black.
Anyway , anyhow, thank you for flying on Skyteam. I am glad that DL was of any help to ya and you enjoyed your
AY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 503 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 23456 times:
Thanks for a great trip report! I have been wanting to book KLM from YVR-AMS return, but their website keeps deferring to the NW website, which is an experience I would rather do without. I just wonder how much business KLM loses by having it's website set up so that anyone traveling from North America has to book on the NW website? So discouraged I was by that, I have chosen a completely different carrier/routing.
Also, I agree it is very inconvenient in this day and age to not be able to book a seat, or have the ability to get only a generic seat at a partner checkin.
The only thing a customer should expect for his/her loyalty is good service
Deaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 23335 times:
lol the SSSS is quite funny, your an instant terrorist for about 15 mins while u are being searched! Here is me getting my security done, with both my parents watching on and while i was amused explaining all my camera equipment which seemed like i was doing some secret spying hahaha....
it happens to the best of us
I want every single airport and airplane in India to be on A.net!
FLIEGER67 From Turkey, joined Sep 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 57 Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 22642 times:
great story, nothing else expected when I read Planehunter!.
I´ve had also some US flights before and after 9/11 but no real problem till now, hope that will be so in the future,
when I read your experiences.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6191 posts, RR: 79 Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 22167 times:
Hello everybody and thanks for your feedback!
Quoting DALelite (Reply 1): I was taken to hospital for x-raying my stomach. I was put in to custody for they thought that i was suspictious. A nd all that happened before 911. I think because i am black.
I'm sorry to hear that - has it become even worse after 9/11?
Quoting AY104 (Reply 4): So discouraged I was by that, I have chosen a completely different carrier/routing.
Was it complicated to book on NWA.com? I think NW's website is much better than KL's because there are much more options when you want to manage bookings.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6): Hopefully we can meet up again sometime in the future.
Yes, would be great. Maybe in Europe this time?
Quoting Deaphen (Reply 7): Here is me getting my security done, with both my parents watching on and while i was amused explaining all my camera equipment which seemed like i was doing some secret spying hahaha....
That picture is hilarious - especially the expression on your face! But how was it possible to take a picture there? I guess the TSA didn't notice?
The fact that she already seemed to be bad-tempered even before I asked for help and the fact that she didn't change her attitude until I left the counter. In contrast, the agent at the DL counter already smiled before I said anything.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9): great story, nothing else expected when I read Planehunter!.
I´ve had also some US flights before and after 9/11 but no real problem till now, hope that will be so in the future,
when I read your experiences.
Thanks, Markus. Hopefully you won't encounter any problems in the future, but we plane freaks are "easy targets" in the US...
I'm planning to write some reports about a trip to the Canary Islands in July (including "island hopping") and probably about a day trip next week when I will depart from Hof (HOQ) - one of Germany's smallest "airports" used for commercial flights. The one and only destination served is Frankfurt (three times daily Monday-Friday and once daily Sa/Su), operating carrier is Augusburg Airways (DHC-8-300).
Last time I flew to the US on what I thought would be a pleasure trip to try new planes: NW A332 / IB A343... I ended up being body searched, taking off all my clothes, accompanied to the toilet and asked not to flush it so they could see what was left there, questioned to death about who paid for my trip and so on and so forth.... all just because I was leaving the day after I arrived.
I guess those TSA in SEA had never heard about airliners.net, which I mentioned, or anything similar. I tried to tell them that there are people in the world which fly just for the pleasure of flying... I guess this was the time when I lost my innocence.... Flying to the US for pleasure, never again!
Everytime I go back to the US, which I try to avoid as much as I can, this appears on the TSA PCscreen and my bags are searched and I am questioned again... so is not "easy targets"... we are targeted for life....
"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1286 posts, RR: 9 Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 21803 times:
Excellent Trip Report. I love your writing style and the pictures were great! What a trip. I liked the fact that you kept your cool. Most people wouldn't cope with it as well. How did you find AMS? I was there in 2003 and I found it to be very nice. Big, but nice. I flew there from YYC with Air Transat and I had about 8 hours to wait until my next flight to Milano on Alitalia. I did some spotting and also walked around the city for a few hours.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter): Before I passed security I went back to the parking garages and tried to get some registrations. The roof offered nice views but several construction workers were around so it would have been a matter of time until someone called the cops.
Oh man... Then again, it is BOS. I bet everyone there has SOME sort of personal "need" to report anything "unusual". Do you have any advice for me as far as spotting is concerned? I'm flying to BOS in two weeks and I wouldn't mind doing some there and also take a few pictures. Where's a good place to spot?
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter): and interestingly, the ones who had to say bye, bye were the lady and her son who had pushed to the front only 15 minutes earlier...
That's what she gets for being rude. I'm glad that happened.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter): I noticed the Indian girl monitoring my notebook and the registration list so I decided to tell her a few sentences about my hobby. She was surprised to hear about that and asked some more questions. Definitely better than having yet another one calling the cops after landing...
Nice new world we live in....
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter): Unfortunately we have to do these random checks. Thank you for your patience and have a good flight."
Oh yeah... I know exactly what you mean, but again, it's the new world we live in, so we better get used to it.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6191 posts, RR: 79 Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21393 times:
Thanks for all new comments!
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 12): I ended up being body searched, taking off all my clothes, accompanied to the toilet and asked not to flush it so they could see what was left there, questioned to death about who paid for my trip and so on and so forth.... all just because I was leaving the day after I arrived.
Unbelievable. I booked such a trip in November 2005 but luckily the authorities didn't mind.
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 12): I guess those TSA in SEA had never heard about airliners.net, which I mentioned, or anything similar. I tried to tell them that there are people in the world which fly just for the pleasure of flying... I guess this was the time when I lost my innocence.... Wink Flying to the US for pleasure, never again!
Though I have been checked many times (including a personal interview by the Homeland Security due to the use of binoculars), I will go on. Probably my attitude would change after an experience like yours.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 21157 times:
Fantastic report again, reading was perfect evening entertainment, definitely way more interesting than the current TV program (Reinhold Beckmann interviews Peter Scholl-Latour on ARD at the moment ).
Fortunately I never had the "pleasure" of getting a SSSS boarding pass in the USA, these TSA morons already annoyed the crap out of me during a carry-on luggage check at the gate at JFK, they got a couple of dumb remarks from me so I will not know what happens when they do such a mega-check with me.
Heineken is my second favourite onboard beer after Stella. The Beck's beer you're getting on Craphansa flights is tasting completely different than the Beck's you can buy here in Germany... and my opinion on that cat piss called Warsteiner is well known here on A.net. Strange that I prefer foreign beer over German brews at 33.000 feet.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6191 posts, RR: 79 Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 20688 times:
Quoting Boston92 (Reply 18): Probably the best (maybe second best) Trip Report that I have ever read. I just wished they had continued, I could have read for hours. Thanks!
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 19): Fantastic report again, reading was perfect evening entertainment, definitely way more interesting than the current TV program (Reinhold Beckmann interviews Peter Scholl-Latour on ARD at the moment crazy ).
Thanks a lot! Though, that interview wasn't bad...
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 19): Fortunately I never had the "pleasure" of getting a SSSS boarding pass in the USA, these TSA morons already annoyed the crap out of me during a carry-on luggage check at the gate at JFK, they got a couple of dumb remarks from me so I will not know what happens when they do such a mega-check with me.
I guess the fastest way to get through that process is doing what they say and NOT questioning their actions...
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 19): Strange that I prefer foreign beer over German brews at 33.000 feet.
They should serve some Bavarian brands or even better some local ones - remember the Hösl?
It was ok but there was a better one with Mr. Scholl-Latour some months ago (I think it was "Menschen bei Maischberger"), there he showed some of his old passports and that was pretty interesting. Ms. Maischberger asked how he managed it to get an Iranian and an Israeli visa on the same page and he answered: "There are a few advantages when you are a journalist". By the way, did you know that Scholl-Latour was born in Bochum?
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20): I guess the fastest way to get through that process is doing what they say and NOT questioning their actions...
You are right but the two TSA guys who searched me were a bit strange. The lady who searched my carry-on trolley took my mobile phone called his colleague and said to him: "Whoa, whoa, look at this... cool, eh?", then her colleague dropped my jacket on the floor, took my mobile phone, looked at it, and said also something like: "Whoa, this is indeed pretty cool!". Then the lady took the bottle with my contact lense liquid and asked if it contains dangerous chemical ingredients... I asked her: "Would you clean your contacts with a dangerous chemical liquid?". The she took a can of Budweiser from my trolley and said: "Don't drink it on the plane, you are warned!, me: "And what will you do when I drink it on the plane?". I could board the plane after asking her this question.
Believe it or not, I mentioned this beer last week in the band's practise room. One of us was drinking Erdinger and he said: "The best wheat-beer in the world", I told him that his Erdinger bottle would be a case for the trash can after drinking a bottle of Hösl. That was indeed one of the best wheat-beers I ever drunk... and I drunk a lot. Erdinger is not bad though but they can shove it to a place where the sun never shines since they want the outrageous rip-off price of 14.99 EUR for a case with 20 bottles in my local beverage market. At the moment I am drinking Jacobinus Hefe-Weizen and I can recommend it, very refreshing taste, very digestible and not too expensive with 12.49 EUR per case.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6191 posts, RR: 79 Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 20267 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 21): Then the lady took the bottle with my contact lense liquid and asked if it contains dangerous chemical ingredients... I asked her: "Would you clean your contacts with a dangerous chemical liquid?".
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 21): The she took a can of Budweiser from my trolley and said: "Don't drink it on the plane, you are warned!, me: "And what will you do when I drink it on the plane?".
I guess certain officers would have caused trouble for these answers...
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 21): That was indeed one of the best wheat-beers I ever drunk... and I drunk a lot.
By end of July they will even present a "jubilee wheat beer", but it will only be available in barrels and three liter bottles...