Why Do I Keep Doing This?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Sky Dancer, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    Howdy Folks. Some of you should slap some sense in me for keeping this job. After 43 years of air travel, I should expect some of these things, but it still amazes me. I thought I'd share my recent trip with you.

    Work Order says fly into Toronto (YYZ). Install 2 new machines & start-up. 15 Days.

    Leave Houston (IAH) on Sunday. Got my usual testicle & prostate inspection. Arrive in Toronto Immigratrion. Work order says 15 days. Letter of introduction says 3 to 5 days. <here we go> 2 Hours in immigration, 5 phone calls. and I'm free to continue. Get my rental car and head for the hotel.

    The first week of work was uneventful.

    Plant was closed on Sunday, so I had a one day layover. What to do? My wife suggested
    I visit my mother in Buffalo, NY. (1 1/4 hour drive.) Mom is 85 years old, and I haven't been there for 3 years, so I shuffle off to Buffalo, visit for about 5 hours, and head back.

    Arrive at the border in Niagara Falls, NY. Letter of introduction is no longer valid. <here we go> I need new papers. I'm bounced out of Canada, and get a room in NF. My office e-mails new papers, I print them, and head back to the border. They OK the paper work, but let me sit there for 3 hours.

    I didn't know how long it would take me to get back into the country, so I had called the hotel in Brampton, and asked them to check me out, and keep my luggage until I returned. I headed back to the hotel to check back in, only to find they were now fully booked, so off to another hotel, check in, and rush in to work.

    Got a call from my company. They're pulling me off the job and replacing me. I'm now headed home for 6 hours, and then jumping a flight to Paris for an emergency job. Headed to Toronto Airport.

    US Airways. Keosk won't check me in. <here we go> $90.00 for my tool box. I tell the ticket agent, I'm elite, and never charged for overweight. He says I'm wrong. OK 90 bucks on the company card. Then he hands me my boarding pass. *SSSS* WHAT????? I haven't seen these in years.

    First was US Customs. (yes, you go through US Customs, at the Toronto Airport.) When my passport picture was taken, I had a Bluetooth Ear piece in my ear and the picture was used. <here we go> Now they're questioning is the picture is valid. No one has questioned this in years, and I told them that the passport was issued like this, so what's the problem. So I take the ear piece from my pocket, put it in my ear, and my identification is accepted.

    Now off to Security. Canadian Security is not much better then US, but the pat-downs are less evasive IMO. Got my pat-down, luggage torn apart. What's this? <here we go> They found my laser pointer, I use for job training. Is this OK?? I informed them that a new security device has been invented to protect pilots. It's called a Cockpit Door!!!! Well, I guess it's OK.

    Wow! I'm sitting at the gate waiting for my flight. This story may be continued, and maybe not. We'll see how it goes.
  2. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    "We're not happy until you're unhappy."

    BTW the passport photo was okay when you place the BT earpiece back in? So I suppose I should wear the exact same shirt as my photo when I travel now...
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  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Good grief.

    This is awful.

    I feel for you, and hope you can get a new job. What does you employer say about all this? That you just have to put up with it??
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    At least in Paris they never seem to care why you're there, no cover letters needed, might not even open up or scan your passport. You'll probably have a smooth trip until it's time to return home.
  5. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Better have the same "microexpression" on your face, too. :confused:
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  6. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Blah, I don't miss that in the least. I had a trip to Canada last year where I was delayed at customs for an hour, and I was befuddle. I was simply going there to provide information and reference for a local Canadian PD that was looking to buy our product. They hadn't bought yet, but were shopping. The initial customs agent was an a$$. The second one, when I finally got to speak with him, asked a few questions and then asked me why I was directed to him in the first place since I was providing paid service.

    I must say the benefits must be great to keep you there putting up with the TSA and customs like that. Of course, company paid travel to France might be enough.
  7. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    My employer is OK. They understand all the crap we have to go through, and I'm on the clock until I arrive at my final destination, so it works. Canada is just simply a PITA.
  8. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    I've been to Europe many times. No problems at all. Canaduh on the other hand is a nightmare.
  9. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    As I said in the OP, the story may be continued. US Air lost my tool box. It's out for delivery, but I leave in 1 hour. Looks like I'll be heading for Paris without my tools and test equipment. I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, only to have it pulled away at the last minute.
  10. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Sky Dancer, I just noticed your sig quote, and please give the bag boys some credit :) the piggly wiggly bag boys have never tried to steal pork chops out of my groceries nor demand to search my car throughly before loading in my purchases. :p
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  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Totally agree. And I'll say it again -- people who work for Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, convenience stores, pizza places, whatever, are honest working people trying to make a living. They are professionals. In my book, a professional is anyone who does an honest job well. It's an insult to put them in the same category as the liars, thieves, bullies, and molesters of the TSA.
  12. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    or squeeze the customer's frankfurters

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