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About ten years ago, I was running extremely late with my family for an American Airlines flight. When I was going through security, I got stopped by two old Cuban ladies who were behind a desk at the security check point. I was told by them that my carry-on baggage needed to be checked by […]

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After a whirlwind weekend visiting friends in Orlando, Florida, my girlfriend and I were headed home to Houston, Texas. We had chosen to fly home on a Tuesday, as prices would be lower and the airports generally less crowded, making traveling out of a busy airport like Orlando a little easier.

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Flight 873 American Airlines was everything but routine. If bad karma existed. I hope that the company goes down in flames.

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I’m an American who lived overseas for 20 years. I’ve flown many, many times and have had bad experiences as well as good ones. This is a funny story about security in Gatwick Airport in London a few years ago.

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My line of work means I get involved with the US DOD fairly often. Unfortunately I also fit the “profile” of the type of chap the TSA likes to stop, being of a certain race with a certain surname. Being British-born and raised probably doesn’t help. Normally I just get the few odd second security […]

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In August 2006 I was flying to Amsterdam from SFO to take a cruise to the Baltics three days later. This was on the day of the “fluid bombers” scare on British Air. American Airlines to JFK to Heathrow, then British Air to Amsterdam. I used miles, hence the many stops. Luckily I was in […]

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This isn’t a horrific story like some of the others on here; it was more embarrassing really. It happened pre-9/11 and I was flying with my family from the east coast of Canada to Alberta. The flight there was fine; I passed with security no problem.

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I was on my way home from Florida, going through security at FLL. Like at most airports, the area the line goes through right by the X-ray machines is very narrow. A woman decided to stop right there and put her shoes back on, blocking the rest of the line from getting through.

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Just last month my husband and I were headed out of town for a wedding. As we waited in line at airport security, a family in front of us were putting their belongings into the required screening bins, and they had so much stuff they used the last bin in the stack.

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My story concerns a flight from Houston to Portland, as part of a trip that was to end in Honolulu. My mother, age 75, was traveling with my oldest son and me. Our purpose was to attend my youngest son’s wedding in Honolulu. Because of my mother’s rather fragile health I arranged that we have […]

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During Thanksgiving weekend 2009 I was flying back to my home after a visit with family in Midland, Texas. Going through security, I removed my jewelry and shoes and put them in bins and then put my purse in another bin. I was wearing a velour jogging suit with a sports bra underneath. I was […]

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Random Search

April 5, 2013

in Airport Stories

Last May, I traveled to Saint Louis to visit my daughter. I’m a very nervous flier and had not traveled by plane in almost 10 years. One reason I dread flying is that I am always selected for a random search. So, to avoid problems, I paid to check my bag and only took my […]

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