My final story about our vacation takes place on our last day there.
It starts when I go to the lobby and try to print our boarding passes at the front desk. After managing my way through Spanish Google, I get to my email and click on the link. Get the passes printed, and realize everyone has a pass but me!
Instead I have a cute little note that says, “sorry, we couldn’t print your pass, please have them printed at the terminal”… something like that.
Got to the airport, went to the desk. The guy was super nice, and actually changed our seats so we were all together and really close to first class. Reprinted passes for everyone, even me this time.
I watched, idly, as he stacked the passes together, then carefully circled the “SSSS” marked on one of the passes. Still means nothing to me, you know they always write weird things on those papers as you get through security etc… anyway.
Through security, then the wait, then last minute bathroom trip, then finally we get to board the plane. Well, almost…..
As I hand over our passes to the agent, about to step into the plane, she asks me-only me-to step aside.
I’m ushered to a table where I’m asked to empty my purse, and hold my arms out to enjoy being frisked by another agent as my belongings are scrutinized. Passengers are still boarding, my husband is off to the side just smiling… and I’m doing my best to look all “hey, I’m cool….” because I’m so embarrassed that people can SEE this happening to me! After I have to sit down and take off my shoes to have them inspected, I’m allowed to get on the plane. Still trying to act completely nonchalant about the whole thing.
I glare at my middle eastern husband….this is the second time I’ve been pulled aside and patted down/searched while traveling with him. Is it random?? Or do they think he’s planting explosives on me??
It’s probably random……
My advice? Beware the quadruple S!!!
Ugh, good to know. I wonder if there is any way to avoid the SSSS
I’ll be looking into it before I venture out again 🙂
I feel your pain. I get “randomly selected” almost every time. Last time I was to lazy to even walk to the scanner, so I opted for the pat down. Ugh.