The Perfect Flight Passenger

by Amoeba December. 10, 2010 4577 views

I came across Dan Perjovschi []’s work a few years ago when I was visiting MoMA in NY. What absolutely cracked me up was his cartoon of the Perfect Flight Passenger. It captured exactly how I felt then and still feel about airport security when I fly. I am not a fan of the full body rub-down or the scanners. I find both to be incredibly invasive and I am constantly left wondering about the value of these so-called security measures.

In my recent flights, I’ve been given the full body “pat-down” each time. In reality, there was little patting involved; it really was just a stranger rubbing their hands over your entire body. Seriously, what the heck do these people think I’m hiding under a fitted tank top & jeans?! I’m waiting for the day where we will all be forced to fly naked. Judging from the comments from a story of the guy that stripped down to his Speedo, I’m not the only one hating these procedures (Link []). But, I love travelling a bit too much to call it quits for this inconvenience. May be that’s another reason I adore train travel so much. Anyhoo, just a little bit of a rant to start off this series of photos from my recent jaunt to Europe. Met some interesting characters along the way, ate & drank too much as usual and of course had a lot of fun visiting with friends!

It all started off a smidge on the rough side, as my flight to Frankfurt was delayed; cutting it close to make my connection once I landed. I must say, I’m beginning to dislike Frankfurt airport as much as London Heathrow. The entire freaking airport looks like it’s under construction and you need to haul ass to get from one terminal to the next for your connection. So when we landed, I had 30 minutes to make my connection including getting through customs AND security. There were 2 (yes…2) x-ray machines for the 3-4 flights that had landed at the same time. By the time I had been completely rubbed down, I had 10 minutes to get from Terminal B to A where my flight was leaving…and of course my gate was the furthest freaking gate from where my flight landed. Did I mention the people that slowly strolled along and just were in my way? Unbelievably, I actually made my flight. In fact, they slammed the door shut just after I got in. I don’t think I’ve ever made it so close before…crikey.

It was an hour flight to Milan, so I pretty much dozed off immediately. Having only slept for about a half an hour on my flight over to Europe, I was absolutely tuckered. After all that, it was great to finally arrive in Milan and have dinner with Silvia. We met a couple of years ago, when both of us had just finished our respective contracts, didn’t have a clue what to do with ourselves in our state of unemployment, so we went travelling. And it was just interesting how we both had the same thought processes & ended up in Lisboa! It was an incredibly lovely evening reminiscing about our travels, catching up on news from the last couple of years and planning some sight-seeing time together. And so begins my latest travel series;)

Where's the plane?!

Halloooo fishy…clearly I was bored out of my tree…

Finally…all aboard!

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Catherine Hollens 10 years, 4 months ago

Fabulous first of the new series! Look forward to more :)

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Ioana 10 years, 4 months ago

like the third!

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Eric J H Joyce 10 years, 4 months ago

Nice post.

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Michael Sakowicz 10 years, 4 months ago

Jet lag much?

Sheesh, quite a tail and of the security situation too. You did wind up with some nice snaps here - I particularly like the airport color cast.

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Claire 10 years, 4 months ago

beautiful set !

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