Okay – first of all, I have done my share of travel.
In another life, I had to travel for work – enough
that I have no issues with the whole air travel process.
I can deal with my luggage (rule #1), check
myself in (rule #2), and find the gate (rule #3) with comparative ease.
Well, as long as I’m in a reasonable airport.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is no longer a
It is rather intimidating
and really big.
Looks like something that should be flying around in space –
With little space ships hanging
I had an early flight out this
Had to be at IAH by 7am.
I live in Wharton.
It’s about an hour and half drive, unless
there’s traffic, then it’s a 3 hour drive.
My sister offered to drive me to
Thank you, thank you, thank
you – we had to leave at 5:30am (this is not her favorite time of the day).
I hate to use the long-term
parking lots. First of all, they’re
expensive. And, then you have to make a reservation to be sure of a parking
place and you have to leave even earlier to go through all the hoop-la of getting
to the lot, parking, catching the bus, etc, etc. So, I was very grateful that she offered.
And, we left at 5:30am and got to
the airport with minimal problem – to early for severe traffic and there were
no accidents, no totally insane humans, no completely blocked highways.
I hugged her, grabbed my two-ton suitcase and went to find
First of all – there were
all sorts of airport helper people around.
Check in?? Right over there.
Used the check-in kiosk, already had my boarding pass, don’t carry
luggage onto the plane. I don’t because
I’m short. I can’t reach the overhead
bin to get stuff into it and then, I can’t reach the stuff to get it out (Rule
#1 – I have to deal with my luggage.).
Yes, sometimes tall people offer to help but . . . . . Besides that, I had a two-ton suitcase.
Suitcase on its way to the airplane, I went to find
Didn’t get pre-TSA (boo-hoo).
Now, there’s the thing – I think there were
so many helper people because IAH DOESN’T HAVE MANY SIGNS.
No sign pointing Pre-TSA Here
, no sign Normal, Annoying Security Here
, no sign saying
Infinity and Beyond Here
There was a very nice, chatty man that
pointed me in the right direction AND held up a couple of younger men brushing
past so I could go first.
Now, either security is really different at IAH or they let
me do the Pre-TSA thing because I’m past the 70 number.
Whichever, getting through was a breeze.
Was met by a nice couple of guard/police/soldier-types
with a dog looking for bad things.
Then didn’t have to remove shoes,
jacket, or half my clothes.
through with no problem.
If you go to IAH, wear your good walking shoes because it’s
a long walk to any of the gates.
Something new I saw – every place to sit that had a table, had a iPad
You could, I assume, order
something from the close-by bar or restaurant and could watch a movie, play a
game or whatever while waiting for your plane.
My plane arrived on time, I found my seat and we left reasonably
close to departure time.
And taxied and
taxied and taxied (I wondered if we were taxi-ing to Dallas) and finally flew
The flight was long and a bit bumpy
and I either read my current book or dozed.
And arrived in Portland, OR where my brother was waiting for