January Crazy Travel Roundup, A Podcast

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Being recorded February 10 at the beautiful Hampton Inn and Suites, Fairfield, NJ.

 

Last week was my first week of not spending at least one night in a hotel in the last 70+ weeks. I actually considered checking in to my local Hilton just to keep the streak going. The week before that was a trip to Atlanta with an evening out to watch the Atlanta Gladiators take on the Utah Grizzlies. The four, yes four Gladiator cheerleaders kept us entertained between periods. Minor league hockey really does entertain, from chuck-a-puck, to Zorb Ball hockey it was an evening well spent, even if the decent beer was $11.00.

If you’ve followed this podcast you’ve heard that it is of my opinion that I’ve never taken the same route from the Newark Airport to my hotel. Taxi, Uber, Lyft of car service it seems that the route is different each trip. Same with a rental car using Waze, Google or Apple maps. Well, my new fly-in spot is LaGuardia since Southwest has abandoned Newark. I now have my first ride under my belt and the default route established, stay tuned.

For all you road warriors, Friday is Valentine’s Day…. if you forgot… good luck, however, most airports do offer some great, yet pricey shops.

  • Chicago has the Spirit of the Red Horse, so does Nashville.
  • Charlotte and Atlanta both have a Brighton Store.
  • The United concourse at Newark offers up the Metropolitan Museum Shop

 

Don’t forget you get a Free drink for Valentine’s Day on Southwest Airlines. Just my luck I have a Thursday night flight.

The preverbal 500 lb elephant, or should I say virus in the room is the Coronavirus. At this point I’m not really doing anything differently, I feel that my daily Flintstone Chewable is ready for battle. That being said I did see about a dozen folks wearing masks this morning at MCO. With my extensive non-medical training I would say that domestic travel is still safe and that you’re at greater risk if you travel abroad…… especially if you go to China and dine on street rats

This month there’s an added theme to just the crazy. It is….. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

 

Somebody swiped weed from Chicago airport’s “Cannabis Amnesty Box” – BoingBoing

 

While recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois on January 1, it is still illegal under federal law. So just a few weeks back, authorities installed “Cannabis Amnesty Boxes” at Chicago airports for travelers to drop their grass before flying. But last week, someone arriving at Chicago’s Midway helped themselves to the stash. From the New York Post:

Police reportedly noticed the marijuana missing from an amnesty box during a check on Wednesday evening at around 8 p.m., according to a source for NBC5. Upon reviewing the surveillance footage, police saw a man — believed to be an incoming passenger — reaching inside and absconding with the marijuana hours earlier.

The marijuana itself was left behind by a separate passenger, who placed it in the amnesty box after being found with it during a security check…

 

I actually connected in Chicago earlier today, and I was tempted to head out to the terminal for a picture of this box. A weed amnesty box, what was the Chicago Airport Authority thinking? I’ve talked about dope smokers and their main goal in life is finding new and unusual ways to smoke. Jeez, this box has to be the holy grail of cannabis.  It wouldn’t surprise me if dope smokers actually traveled to Chicago just to see if this in person. This reminds me of the leave a penny, need a penny tray at my local stop-n-rob. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

 

TSA officer grabbed Native American woman’s braids, snapped them and said “Giddy up!” – BoingBoing

 

Tara Houska, an attorney, and Indigenous rights activist, was going through TSA security at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told Houska she would need to have her braids patted down as a security precaution, reports Fox News.

“She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed [and] said ‘giddy up!’ as she snapped my braids like reins,” Houska said on Twitter. “My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your ‘fun’ hurt.”

When Houska informed the agent that her actions were dehumanizing and disrespectful, the agent explained that she was having “fun.” Federal Security Director Cliff Van Leuven sais Houska’s description of the incident was accurate. 

 

Hey TSA it’s 2020, this crap doesn’t fly. This is wrong on so many fronts, I understand that everyone has a kink, and possibly this person’s kink involves braids and equine themed activities. However, living it out in public and without the others, explicit consent isn’t OK. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

 

Passenger Strips Down As She Walks Through Miami Airport – ViewFromTheWing

 

There’s a video going viral on twitter of a woman in the Miami airport. In my estimation, she must be an elite frequent flyer because she’s able to check all of her belongings and go carry-on free. She must not face checked baggage fees.

She doesn’t have a rollaboard. She doesn’t have a purse. And she’s dressed in what looks to be a swimsuit, at least at the beginning of the video. As she continues walking she loses even that.

 

We’ve talked about nudity in the past. There’s good nudity and bad nudity, hands down this is bad nudity. Watching the video, for the sake of research. She might have a future in the entertainment business. Rededit posted an after the video where she was still naked perched atop a police car. Unfortunately, it appears that she has some demons and hopefully she can get some help. I really couldn’t find any update on her. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, thank you Florida.

 

Passengers with mobile WiFi network named “Remote Detonator” removed from plane – BoingBoing

At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, police removed two passengers from a GoJet/Delta Connection flight because they apparently wouldn’t turn off a mobile phone that reportedly had a WiFi network name of “Remote Detonator.” From the Detroit Free Press:

…Flight attendants announced that they’d be calling the police if personal WiFi wasn’t turned off, (passenger Aaron) Greenberg said.

It was a nerve-racking moment when an estimated 10 emergency vehicles with flashing lights surrounded the plane, he said…

A flight attendant told him there was a personal WiFi called “remote detonator” that was never turned off.

(Wayne County Airport Authority spokesperson Lisa) Gass could not confirm the name of the WiFi hot spot but said both removed passengers – a 42-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from Quebec – were released following the incident, pending further investigation.

 

File this under, I’m the lord of the dumbassess. Also, file this under, Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. I myself have renamed access points, my favorite is to rename it to Disconnected. 

 

Delta Passenger Uses Feet to Browse Movie Selections – Point Me To The Plane 

 

Yummy! One Delta traveler captured a fellow passenger using her feet sans socks to scroll through the in-flight movie selections on his New Year’s Day Delta flight.

Erik Olvera – I fly a lot and this, by far, is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on a plane. Bringing #antibacterialwipes. Where’s ⁦@NaomiCampbell⁩ when you need her inflight wipe down advice? #Delta #frequentflyer 

Commenters wondered if perhaps the woman had a disability, to which the poster responded that her arms looked just fine!  “She carried her expensive luggage on/off the plane and also used her arms to throwback cocktails and take snacks from the galley when the FA wasn’t around.”

A Delta flight attendant even got into the conversation, saying she would have said something to the passenger if there was no handicapped issue.

 

Barefeet and planes, what is up with you people. I remember as a young lad lying on the floor watching TV. I was too lazy to get up to change the channel….. Yes, there was a time when there weren’t remotes. I a couple off my monkey toes wrapped them around the channel selector and gave it a quick twist. I was amazed at my creativity as well flexibility, this was short-lived as one of my parents yelled, “What are you a monster?” At a young age, I learned a valuable lesson. Also, file this under, Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

There you have it, thanks for listening, safe travels and have a great day!

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