December 20, 2003


I just arrived in Dallas a few hours ago and will gladly enjoy a good night sleep after all this time spent in planes and airports. We changed planes in Auckland and amazingly a couple of us (including me) who were sitting in the upper rows of the 767 between Auckland and Sydney were assigned the same seats number in the 747 from Auckland to Los Angeles...meaning that I did the trip in Business Class. And let me tell you that I enjoyed that seat ! Once in Los Angeles: total chaos !

Surprinsingly I passed through immigration without a hitch...actually, the huge problem was simply to recheck my bags for the next flight to Dallas...

Feel the irony, it was simpler, easier and less restrictive to enter the US than travelling domestic ! For security reasons I had to pick up my bags and pass them again through security screening where there are only about 5 guys and 1 explosive detection device to screen thousands of pax and luggages (nearly all of them were opened). And that was only for connecting passengers.

Now you have to imagine that this is xmas time, that LAX is a major hub and you figure out the mess that it can be when there are maybe 2000 people queuing to pass security checks...

Posted by stephane at December 20, 2003 03:02 AM