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Day 26 – Two Opt Out

After the Hawaiian incident, Lauren was not looking forward to another long flight. They played some mediocre movies though, and in the end, it wasn’t as terrible as feared. Raul enjoyed the movies and did not find them mediocre.

After landing in Atlanta, the next several hours reminded Lauren that she really does still hate flying. Even though one already clears security before coming into the United States, another checkpoint is present before any connecting flights may be taken. Raul and Lauren both opted out of the body imager and received the enhanced pat down. Then they tried multiple times, without success, to get a free change to an earlier flight to St. Louis. Sadly, they were forced to wait six hours, including the extra delay to their flight, and arrived in St. Louis shortly after 8pm, 21 long hours after they had woken up in Zürich.

Raul’s parents and grandmother picked them up from the airport, and they all met Emanuel and Olivia for dinner at π. Grandmother is leaving to return to Romania in the morning, so it was the last chance they had to get the family together.

Confœderatio Helvetica
Coat of Arms

Time Plan Sleep in
Day 26 Sunday 10 June St Louis
09:35 Depart Zürich on Delta flight 67, seats 25AB
Duration: 10h 30m, Total: 16h 2m
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
14:05 Arrive Atlanta
17:59 Depart Atlanta on Delta flight 1834, seats 17DE
Duration: 1h 54m
Aircraft: MD-88
18:53 Arrive St Louis

Day 0 – Engage!

Make it so.
Raul and Lauren were driven to the airport by Emilian and Grandmother. For this trip, they packed in only one large backpack and bought a daypack to carry on. The first incident occurred before they even left St. Louis. After taking a family at home, they forgot their bag of sandwiches and travel snacks. Luckily, Emilian was able to retrieve it for them while they checked in, and they were finally on their way.

When it came time to pass through security, Raul and Lauren noticed numerous travellers being sent through the full-body imager, as only one metal detector was in use. Neither relished the thought of being imaged, but only Raul “opted out.” He submitted to the enhanced groping technique.

From St. Louis, they flew without incident to Detroit and boarded their trans-Atlantic flight for Amsterdam.

Time Plan Sleep in
Day 00 Tuesday 15 May airplane
14:10 Depart St Louis on Delta flight 6165, seats 08CD
Duration: 1h 35m, Total: 16h 20m
Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 700
16:45 Arrive Detroit
18:05 Depart Detroit on KLM flight 6119, seats 24AB
Duration: 8h 00m
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A330