This ADHD post is too long. As you’ll see, that’s kind of the point.
We flew from Santa Fe to Dallas to visit our new foster great-grandchild. Yay!
Checking in, I left one of our bags at the security checkpoint. We nearly left without it except I thought maybe I heard my name called. But when I went over, they were calling “ Burger. Burger,” so I told them the bag wasn’t ours. They couldn’t read my printing on the tag. It was Puryear, not Burger. But we got the bag.
The flight was OK. We got turned around in the Dallas airport and couldn’t find baggage claim. By the time we got there, all the passengers and bags were gone. Then I saw our bag sitting in the airline office. I went in and said, “This is ours,“ and walked off with it. No questions, no ID. Nothing.
Then we had a long cold walk with our bags, outside the building, to the pick up area for the rental car shuttle. Then we waited. Then the shuttle took us on a very long ride to the office. No problems there. We had a very very very long ride to get out of the airport, which is huge. Then a long slow drive target to our granddaughter’s house, partly because it was raining. Bumper to bumper. Slow.
Trip back was similar in reverse, but less so.
Now to get to the point. We’d flown from Santa Fe because it’s more convenient. It saves the hour’s drive to Albuquerque to get Southwestern and fly into Love Field, which is close to our granddaughter’s house. And the hour back to Santa Fe. As it turned out, it probably took us over two hours extra doing it this way, and a lot more frustration.
Long trip, long post.
1. Always count all of your bags at every transition.
2. Always research your travel plans and see that they make sense, that you have chosen the best options.
3. Consider trying to avoid flying in the first place. With all the hassles, with security and lines, it’s clear that bin Laden won.
4. Oh, and make sure your bags have a tag with your name legible.