February 1, 2012

Travelling to the US.

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full body x-ray scan for the tsa.
full body x-ray scan for the tsa.

Well as some of you know I flew into New York city for business this week.  After hearing all the scares, the restrictions, the guidelines and what not to do, what not to say, I can’t say I was concerned, but i would say i “prepared” myself for the whole “song and dance”.  As i’m going through check-in, customs, and so on, it was the anti-climax.  I walk up, am asked to stand on a pad, and told to follow the arrow ( for context, this is a random selection process to see who gets the “pat down” or the x-ray screening. ), follow the arrow, which leads me to the line for walking through the simple old school metal detectors.

TSA traditional bag screening procedures
TSA traditional bag screening procedures

The process was as simple as it has been, which is only simple if you follow the rules; no liquids beyond the 3-1-1 rule, no weapons, take all metal out of your pockets, belt shoes in the bins, etc.  The experience was fairly “normal” for me.  with the exception that i almost forgot to take my wedding ring off, and the woman at the counter reminded me.  The people were extremely nice and courteous, and were even helpful ( i had to borrow a pen from one of the officers there to fill out my customs card ).  One thing to remember, this was at Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau ( YUL ) airport.  I can only guess what will be waiting for me on my way home through LaGuardia on Thursday.

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