Tuesday, June 23, 2009

laguardia airport





waiting to board our plane last friday I had time to sit down and snap photos of people walking by. everyone seemed to be smiling. I wondered if it was because they were traveling to a sunny destination or perhaps they were just happy to get out of new york.
did you know that security makes you take off your shoes and put them in a bin that gets pushed through the metal detector? so if you are like me & happen to be wearing flip flops, you have to walk on the airport floor with bare feet! this did not bode well with me at all. I guess I shouldn't complain since they didn't confiscate my tweezers or my favorite pair of tiny scissors. this is what is happening in my part of the world. if you'd like to see what is happening in other parts, please go here.

special thanks to klaus and his "my world team" sandy, ivar, wren, fishing guy and louise

23 comments:

sixstars said...

Ive had the shoe thing happen too. Luckily though I had socks on. Once I put my bag through the x-ray and it came out the other side with someones wallet stuck to it!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks for the warning ...I will bring another pair of socks to wear I think!!!

Jacob said...

Flying has become a major pain in the rear!

I like the photo - great slice-of-life shot!

Sally in WA said...

I had the barefoot thing happen once to me, too. Never again. Now I always make sure I have socks on.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I did have a nightmare the last time I flew to Dallas from Portland, OR. Apparently, old gray haired ladies are considered terrorists as I was held for 45 minutes, had everything gone through, patted down, stripped down and loads of paperwork with my life history. Do make sure you have another pair of socks! Great post! And a great shot of the airport!

Wolynski said...

Last time I was at La Guardia my bag came out last, along with another man's. The place was deserted and we split a limo into Manhattan, me, the man and his wife. Then the limo hijacked us and took us through bizarre parts of Queens. I wasn't worried, because by now I recognized the man to be Jimmy Breslin. If I'm going to be abducted I can't think of better company.
Great photo.

SandyCarlson said...

I haven't flown in years! Your account of security makes me think I would find out just how light I could travel!

"We have a gate and we're not afraid to use it" intrigues me. What on earth does it mean, and what's the security dude looking for?

Babooshka said...

Even here on my island we have too take shoes and belts off before boarding. Comfy clean socks a must.

BLOGitse said...

soon we have to be naked...maybe walk around in special airport clothes...autch!

Arija said...

I have been known to mail my tiny embroidery scissors back to myself from the airport rather than have them confiscated!

If you would like to smile go to my blogroll to 'not all those who wander are lost' and scroll down the posts to the one where she arrives in SanFrancisco.

bobbie said...

It's been many years since I saw La Guardia.

I had a knee replacement years ago, and it always sets off the alarm. and one trip the guard nearly broke my cane trying to "open" the top of it to see what I had hidden in there. (No, it does not open)

Esther Garvi said...

Airports bring people with rich life stories in their luggage! :)

Louise said...

I love to watch people in airports.

And flipflops at least are off an on easily! I have ankle problems that require me to wear tennis shoes when I travel (for comfort and support), and I hate getting them off quickly, then putting them back on!

Paz said...

It's become such a pain to travel nowadays, especially flying. I'm glad people are still able to smile at the airports. ;-)

How was the wedding?

Paz

Daryl said...

Ah well I guess you've not flown in a while because shoes off security has been in place for several years ... say thanks to that thankfully inept fool who tried to blow up an airplane with some explosive hidden in his shoes ..

Lily Hydrangea said...

Hi Daryl! The last time I flew was on JetBlue 3 years ago. Security made us take our shoes off, show the guard the bottom of our feet and then show our shoes to the guard as we walked through the metal detector. I guess that was too time consuming. Next time I will be prepared.

Sylvia, that is not the first time I have heard of this happening. Your story really makes one wonder.

Great story Wolynski, thanks.

Sandy, I know what you mean, we stuck with our one carry on for each of us.
I think the security guard was just entering a doorway for employees. The gate sign is an advertisement for an airline-the people walking by are blocking the name.

Esther, I agree with airports and their "luggage" stories. Have you ever seen the movie "Love Actually"?

Ian France said...

nice post
sorry 'bout ur feet ;)
lol - "we've got a gate and we're not afraid to use it." XD

Pietro said...

Interesting image, Lily. This is one of the kinds of photos I like very much.

luvmyboys said...

Thanks for the warning, Lily. I didn't realize that everyone had to remove their shoes. I thought it was just random. Good thing I keep my toes painted! LOL!

We're thinking of going to Disney in the fall and are considering making it a road trip.

Marites said...

yeah, they do that in every airport i've been to and that's why i wear socks when travelling by plane. You're quite lucky that they didn't confiscate your little scissors and tweezers. One lady we saw in the airport, had all her bags turned upside down due to those.

chrome3d said...

THey are not selling socks by the x-ray machine? That would be a good business idea...

Karen said...

I haven't flown for a little while and I really am not looking forward to evntually flying back home to new Zealand.

I knit and I noticed on the list of things that you can and cannot take, that knitting needles are now allowed, but that the security officer can dcide that they are a dangerous item and confiscate them . I'll probably go out and buy some short plastic or bamboo ones and hope for the best..

Love the photo 'We have a gate and are not afraid to use it' ...too funny :-)

Nancy said...

Hi,
As an "ex-LI'er", I clicked on your blog from the "Show me your world" site. We moved 1 and 1/2 years ago to Upstate NY and I sure love photography too. I'll be back! come visit me if you have time at my blog...

Nancy