Andrew Pollack's Blog

Technology, Family, Entertainment, Politics, and Random Noise

Flew home yesterday from Heathrow to Boston -- its good to be back

By Andrew Pollack on 08/17/2006 at 10:35 AM EDT

I had a good time in London, but it's good to be home. The travel day was a bit long but better than expected. First off, I had no trouble at Heathrow. I arrived 3 hours before my flight, having stayed at the Hilton attached by a long tunnel to Terminal 4. On arrival, I was directed to a short check in line for bag drop and within 20 minutes or so was through that.

I had checked my large "Swiss Gear" computer backpack inside my luggage and borrowed a 2004 Lotusphere laptop case from Gab. It was a very tight squeeze, but my laptop did fit. I'd measured the bag with laptop in it to be sure it fit the restrictions, and had room for power supply, passport & wallet, two AAA batteries, noise cancelling headphones, two cell phones (Europe and US), and a couple of candy bars. I didn't even attempt the forbidden bottle of water.

At security -- which had almost no line -- I was "randomly" selected for a body scan using that new technology. This involved standing in a set place with footprints marked on the floor like dance instructions for three poses while some techno magic outlines my body for them on the scans. I'd heard in the US that this could be somewhat revealing in terms of general shape -- particularly for women -- but from what I could see it looked like women's scans were operated by female security agents just the way pat down searches are. I assumed my selection was due to my near perfect physique as they could use it for calibrating their machine based on my Adonis-like muscle tone, but it is also possible that I was just a creepy looking guy with a cheap laptop bag and a bulky sweatshirt. I prefer the former explanation. Even with the scan, the security check was quick and with 2 hours or more free I wandered the duty free shops and ate some breakfast.

When the flight was called, there was some delay getting on board as every passenger had to be checked again for liquids they may have purchased in Duty Free. Then, once the cabin door closed we were moved to a secure remote area of the airport while our passenger manifest was checked by the U.S. authorities. It took 20 minutes and we were off.

We arrived only 30 minutes or so late into Boston, and I had a good seat so didn't have a long wait in Immigration. Baggage was another story, however. Of the four baggage carousels in the Boston international terminal, 1 was roped off along with all the passengers from another flight. They were being brought sandwiches and drinks, and the officers there had started allow a few people at a time to charge cell phones so it looked like it would be a while. With only 75% capacity available on the baggage system which was already overtaxed by the doubling of checked baggage, it took nearly 90 minutes to get my suitcases. A 747-400 carries a lot of people, and the system was just overtaxed.

I had nothing to declare to customs, and was out to my car by around 4pm.

There are  - loading -  comments....

Other Recent Stories...

  1. 07/13/2018Who is HCL and why is it a good thing that they are now the ones behind Notes and Domino?We need to address some biases here. IBM has made a deal under which the Notes & Domino software and intellectual property is now being developed and maintained by HCL America. HCL America is part of the very large "HCL Technologies" company that has grown from its roots in India to become an 8 Billion Dollar company with a global presence in the IT Industry. You could be excused for initially believing, as many people do when they hear this, that "they've outsourced the code to India where they'll milk it ...... 
  2. 03/21/2018Domino Apps on IOS is a Game Changer. Quit holding back.BOOM. This will be as important for the platform as Traveler. If your company has ditched Notes and Domino, I feel sorry for you. For companies that do use Notes/Domino this is a game changer and Apple should be paying attention. Here's why: There are hundreds of little Notes client applications you'd never spend the time and money to build and deploy for your internal user base on IOS that we use Notes for all the time (those of us still using it). Now, those are suddenly ALL available on the iPad. ...... 
  3. 02/15/2018Andrew’s Proposed Gun LawsThese are my current thoughts on gun laws that would radically change the culture and safety of gun ownership in the United States without removing the rights of gun owners or compromising their privacy rights. * Please feel free to link to, or just copy, these ideas. It would be wonderful to see them spread widely and eventually become the basis for something to rally around and become legislation. Update: 3/3/2018 I added #7, increasing the age to purchase. Update: 4/27/2018 Please be aware that I am not ...... 
  4. 05/05/2016Is the growing social-sourced economy the modern back door into socialism? 
  5. 04/20/2016Want to be whitelisted? Here are some sensible rules for web site advertising 
  6. 12/30/2015Fantastic new series on Syfy called “The Expanse” – for people who love traditional science fiction 
  7. 10/20/2015My suggestion is to stay away from PayAnywhere(dot)com  
  8. 08/07/2015Here is one for you VMWARE gurus - particularly if you run ESXi without fancy drive arrays 
  9. 08/06/2015The Killer of Orphans (Orphan Documents) 
  10. 06/02/2015Homeopathic Marketing: Traveler on my Android is now calling itself VERSE. Allow me to translate that for the IBM Notes community... 
Click here for more articles.....

pen icon Comment Entry
Your Name
*Your Email
* Your email address is required, but not displayed.
Your thoughts....
Remember Me  

Please wait while your document is saved.