Sunday 21 January 2007

Sense of Humour Bypass

Maybe it's just me, but I don't seem capable of getting on with airport workers - or more precisely, passport control and check-in!

I was returning to Belfast via Glasgow recently and my mobile phone went just as I was about to check-in. The check-in assistant was obviously unimpressed with my multi-tasking because when she asked my if I had packed my bags myself, I answered:

"Yes... and there's nothing sharp in my hand luggage and nobody gave me anything to carry on board".

She reached my boarding ticket towards me and just as I was about to take it, she withdrew ever so slightly and said:

"Is there anything sharp in your hand luggage?"

"No" I replied.

She withdrew even further.

"Has anyone asked you to carry anything on board?"

At least this situation was scary! In the States, the officer at passport control inspected my passport and asked me if I was entering the country for business or pleasure.

"Business" I replied.

"Have you brought anything to this country in relation to your business?" he asked.

"Just my intelligence" was my reply. Not the wittiest of comment, I thought!

"Would that be military intelligence, sir?" was the startling response and a response that immediately made me feel very nervous with so many HomeLand Security officials nearby carrying pretty sophisticated looking weapons.

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