Not particularly the airports fault, but rather courtesy of lovely immigration officials and AA
I first visited Canada in October 2003 for vacation with a friend and hit YYZ
, did Niagara, CN Tower etc etc and headed on to YYC
for the Rockies experience. Anyway, my sister had a friend in YYZ
area, (her photos indicated she was worth looking up......
) which I did. End result, got on super well with her, her parents (particularly mom
) and her sister and was asked back for xmas. Last minute cheap airfares LON - YYZ
at xmas were non existent, so cheapest was AA LHR
. The day before I leave I come down with flu and have a real runny nose. Rather than use dozens of kleenex's Im unable to dispose of, I have a couple of good old fashioned foot square hankiechiefs!
Arrive in BOS
, and find my flight to YYZ
is cancelled, so off I go to the AA
desk. They offer I can wait 9 hours for the next one or I can route via LGA
. As that will take about 4 hours, I take that option, but I have to go reclaim my bag. Fight my way back to baggage reclaim and find the LHR
belt had long since stopped by this time, but fortunately they had put it to one side in a pile - just that I had to remove what felt like hundreds of bags to substantiate the fact and eventually unearth mine, not fun with the flu. I then seem to recall I had to get a bus from one terminal to the other for my LGA
flight, and it was one of those high up ones where you have to go up several narrow little stairs up to the driver and in - again not fun with a 20 kgs bag with the flu (surely they would have more suitably designed busses to transfer pax with luggage????). Arrive at the correct terminal, recheck in (with no guaranty my bag would connect in LGA
too or if I had to reclaim it) and go through security. Mr TSA
buddy things Im a representative from the Axis of Evil, so we go through the motions. He notices the massive bulge in my pocket and asks what I have in there without even waiting for a reply and dives straight in there. I got a lot of satisfaction from the electric shock reaction speed withdrawal as his hand closed around my drenched snot rag!!
Off I go, just make my flight, and the only consolation is I get to ride on an ERJ135 which was a new type for me, but disappointed to remember that the only 'food' I would be getting was a bag of pretzels, and there must have been 4 bits in there maybe.
Arrive in LGA
, not much time, but head to baggage reclaim, and nothing comes through, I show the baggage tag to the AA
CSA dude, but he cant confirm if I have to reclaim or not, just offers me a hopeful it will connect airside to YYZ
. I didnt have time to wait any longer to find out and head to my gate, and am pleased to see a Fokker 100, another new type for me. Pretty worn out by this time, I get another 4 mouthwatering pretzels.
I arrive in YYZ
5 hours late, exhausted with the flu, early start incl 1h20 mins on the Piccadilly line from North London to LHR
, my aggravating day, and now lack of food too. Fortunately my bag did make it, though it kept me waiting, even after I found out that the CBSA are even worse... I get referred to the Gestapo HQ
for questioning as I had just been to Canada 2.5 months previous and they couldnt understand why I have been in LHR
all in one day. So line up forever, I recall theres an Asian gentleman in front of me who seems to have half a farm in his luggage and it seems they have to call in a horticulturist or someone to identify it all... anyway, there are three officers, including a blond who is actually super hot. I was wishing I would get her, then I could do the British accent thing on her. My wish was granted, but what a BEE-ATCH! So I get grilled about my flights. Why did I visit both BOS
& NY in a day? Surely up to no good. Produce my itinerary, explain the BOS
was cancelled, here are my boarding cards, I didnt actually leave the airports in BOS
, I didnt have time to even get a water... then they move on to why Im coming to Canada again. Visiting a new friend I made on my last visit and invited back for xmas holidays. Do you have return tickets, basically asking if Im planning to impregnate her etc etc etc. I was with that hot blond officer for over an hour. She also went through my luggage and unwrapped - yes, ripped open - my nicely wrapped xmas presents!! Went through all the ladies make up stuff I bought for them all in LHR
and the Scotch for the old man, needed receipts on it all. Meanwhile, said old man is waiting outside patiently for me for 2 hours, I finally get back to their house around midnight, should have been there for supper...
At least she was well worth the trip....