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In Stockholm [Feb. 24th, 2006|10:43 am]
Artur Bergman
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

So I arrived in Stockholm after 22 hours of flying


CUK-BZE-MIA-LHR-ARN

Notice the CUK-BZE trip, was on a Caravan (I think) and lasted 7 minutes.

Quite badly, my flight from Belize to Miami was delayed 90 minutes, leaving me with around 70 minutes in Miami. Despite arriving like 5 gates away from the lovely G-VHOT Virgin Atlantic 747, I had to run through Miami International and clear immigration and customs. After passing through the first guy in the emergency queue I got a second check a little bit down the line.

> Where you going
< Transferring to VS6 to London Heathrow
> Why did you put down an adress in San Francisco
< I live there
*officer tenses up, coughs and looks strictly at me, I thought he would pull a gun or jump on me*
< I got an O1
*officer relaxes slightly*
> oh, you like a famous singer or something
< nah, I am one of the worlds best hackers *in the most nonchalant tired distracted voice I have, I realised afterwards*
* huge grin on officers face *
> airight man, glad to have you here and have a good flight to London

Now in retrospect, saying "hacker" to a immigration officer was probably not the wisest of moves, but it worked..

Then I ran out, my luggage was checked all the way through so I didn't have to wait for it, and found directions to the ticket desk where I there were some people arguing about checkin being closed. I just walked out handed the agent my ticket, passport and gold card and said that my luggage was checked through and I had to make the flight. She started telling me that the flight was closed, saw my gold card and started checking me in at once! Awesome, this was with 45 minutes before takeoff, or 15 minutes after the official deadline.

I then asked for an upgrade, but was told due to catering restrictions there were none available, however she could seat me anywhere in premium economy I wanted. Since PE was full with me included, that pretty much meant booting someone out of the emergency exit seat upstairs (70A). I then ran off to security, realised she failed to give me my passport, ran back, got passport, ran back to security straight through and on to boarding.

So I made it, my luggage didn't.

Then fairly bumpy but uneventful flights to London and Stockholm, I shall post full trip reports soon.

Stockholm is 31F right now, and all I have is tropical sandals and linen clothing, awesome.
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[User Picture]From: ydnar
2006-02-24 07:06 pm (UTC)

shoes and scarves

/me hands crucially a package of boots and scarves

Airport hassles that work out well make good stories. Glad you got to Stockholm OK :)
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-02-24 07:10 pm (UTC)

Re: shoes and scarves

Ironically I have a thick wool scarf in my hand luggage already :)
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[User Picture]From: authenticgeek
2006-02-24 07:29 pm (UTC)
*officer tenses up, coughs and looks strictly at me, I thought he would pull a gun or jump on me*

Seriously, you're like the least threatening-looking person ever. This guy must have had a really slow day.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-02-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
I think he was just getting excited that he might be catching a visa rule breaker!
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-02-24 07:54 pm (UTC)
Seriously, you're like the least threatening-looking person ever.

You've never met me. I am the antithesis of scary. ;)
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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2006-02-24 09:56 pm (UTC)
I think I'm even less scary than you are. You're entirely too twitchy ;)
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[User Picture]From: kevink
2006-02-25 12:24 am (UTC)
nah, I am one of the worlds best hackers *in the most nonchalant tired distracted voice I have, I realised afterwards*

Hilarious...I love it. Wish there was video of this.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2006-02-25 02:08 am (UTC)
There is. It's in some TSA vault with all the other security video tapes.
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[User Picture]From: keltickolor
2006-02-25 03:29 am (UTC)
I had to read that first paragraph three times before I understood it. It's like you're speaking a foreign language or something. What's a Caravan?
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-02-25 12:52 pm (UTC)
A Cessna Caravan... one of these...

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[User Picture]From: keltickolor
2006-02-25 08:50 pm (UTC)
Holy shit that's the coolest thing I've seen EVER.
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[User Picture]From: skotte
2006-03-21 10:46 pm (UTC)
The good news: Airplanes want to fFly. It can be hard to keep a plane on the ground, sometimes.

The bad news: It doesn't change the fFact that you are sitting inside a glorified ceiling fFan.
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