Your e-mails: 'Confiscated snow globes'
CNN.com readers share tales of travel woes
Jay Cline sent in this image of security lines at SeaTac Airport in Washington on August 11.
(CNN) -- CNN.com asked readers to tell us how the foiled terrorist plot to blow up passenger jets flying from Britain to the U.S. has affected their lives. We asked you to share your travel stories, or give us your thoughts and opinions. Here are more of your responses, some of which have been edited:
My family and I just came back from a Disneyland vacation today. We were flying from Santa Ana, California (John Wayne Airport), to San Jose, California (SJC airport). I got stopped at the security check point because I had little snow globes in one of my carry on bags. They had the nerve to send me back to check my bag and put these fragile ornaments under the plane! I found that to be utterly ridiculous! Snow globes from Disneyland?! Are you kidding me?!
My family and I flew home from London Gatwick on Friday. It took us a full 24 hours to travel from London to West Palm Beach, Florida! Our flight left 4.5 hours late from Gatwick -- about 2.5 hours were spent on the plane at the gate. We arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, several hours late for our connection. We arrived home in Lake Worth, Florida at 1 a.m. Remember, no carry-on bags and three kids! It was pretty horrible, but we're safe and alive!
I, for one, don't quite understand the new restrictions. From what I've read nothing was actually taken on board a plane and the entire plot was stopped by the security measures which are already in place. Why then must we add more to the mess when what we have now has proven itself to be effective in stopping these plots?
I agree with the UK banning all electronic devices in the cabin. These items need to be checked in and stowed in the cargo area. We can do without these items until we reach our destinations. I flew this week, but will not fly again until there are new rules concerning carry-ons.
I have a 15-year-old daughter in England who tried to get into Heathrow Airport to come home yesterday and couldn't get into the British Airways terminal. To make matters worse, her passport expires 8/30/06. She's been in England for five weeks visiting her grandmother, aunts, uncles, etc. and we didn't think we would have an issue getting her home until all this started happening. I had to reschedule her flight for this Thursday (8/17) hoping things will be more organized by then. There were people arriving at the airport yesterday every minute and everyone just milled around outside the terminal and weren't allowed in. No one seemed to know what was going on. I'm frankly very worried and concerned that I won't be able to bring her home, let alone bring her home prior to when her passport expires.
The average flight for most individuals is less then two hours. The outrage of not having your toothpaste is ridiculous. The ban says you can't have it with your carry-ons. You can bring it with you in your checked baggage. I surely hope you can go two hours without brushing your teeth. For those of us that fly for a living any and all precautions are welcomed so that I can get home every day to brush my teeth.
I work for an airline and I've noticed a lot of people complaining that they are being inconvenienced by the new regulations. This is a problem in my opinion because people are more concerned about convenience than their personal safety. I believe that until the TSA does away with carry-on bags altogether, we will not be any safer. With more bags comes more room for error, more screening time, etc. For decades, people checked in their baggage and carried tiny little cabin bags. Why are we now so dependent on having our huge rolling suitcases with us at all times? I mean, come on people! If it means flying safely, I think you can wait an extra 15 minutes at baggage claim.
I have been stuck in the Seattle airport for 24 hours, and can't leave until 8:30 on Saturday morning. I arrived yesterday two hours before takeoff, but had to wait three and a half hours to get through security. Such a long day! There are many people in the same shape we're in. Also, many people are only waiting on standby.
I was not allowed to board a plane from Fresno to [San Francisco] yesterday (August 10) because my shoe insole was supposedly made of "gel".
We are due to fly home to London in the first or second week of September. Now I am concerned about flying there, especially near September 11th. In addition, I am sad and angry that the terrorists have found yet another way to make us all change our habits and lifestyle by making it dangerous to allow passengers to bring liquids, electronics, or just about anything onto airplanes--taking away our I-pods, cell phones, laptops, and Gatorade, some of the things that Americans and Britons have come to think of as normal, everyday items.
It has affected me greatly especially now that my family is on board an airplane right now and on their way to Frankfurt, Germany for their Baltic cruise. I feel hopeless knowing that I cannot do anything but pray for their safe journey.
Our daughter flew in last night from London. There was a five-hour delay but that is nothing compared to what could have been. Don't planes experience delays anyway? She was amazed at how organized Heathrow was despite the overwhelming lines and new procedures. As passengers we should be helping the ground personnel by complying and by being patient. Thank you for a job well done in Heathrow and Logan.
My daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren have not been to Florida to see me in over three years. They have airline tickets to visit me in three weeks. She is now afraid to fly and I am praying that she will not cancel her travel arrangements. She also has concerns about her asthma inhaler. She was told that a friend was flying on August 10 and that security took her inhaler and her lipstick.
Members of my family usually fly only once, maybe twice a year. However, in the next two weeks, I have a son-in-law, daughter and a son flying--all on separate flights to different locations. My daughter has two autistic children to handle. Long waits with those two youngsters are difficult enough without having to tell them they can't have juice or water or milk.
I, for one, feel safer flying with a higher security level. Why to people have such a problem with adhering to new rules and regulations, even when it means making air travel safer? If the airlines work together with their passengers by providing water, juices, etc on the plane, then all will be happy. One question: why are there no security check points in train stations?
It amazes me that people whine and complain about the "inconveniences" imposed by the new security rules at the airports. These are probably the same people that will scream and cry out at the government if a terrorist attack does occur and ask WHY our government did not protect them! Thank God that the majority of people know that they too must be active and compliant in this and do all that they can to help prevent any future tragedies. Kudos to all the airport personnel who have to hear all of the comments and complaints of these whiners. Personally, I would like to thank them all for the job that they are doing in helping to see that we are at least somewhat safe in our travels! Every step that we take in helping them to help us in this endeavor is a step closer to defeating these terrorist threats!
I'm tired of people being upset for having to throw away liquids and gels! Come on people there is a sick group out there that is trying to blow your plane up and you want to complain! Get over yourself and your designer perfumes and listen to what the government is trying to do to keep you safe. I think no carry-on luggage should be in affect as of yesterday, lets keep everyone alive and safe.
I must say that it truly makes a person wonder when you realize that a simple bottle of Gatorade or hand lotion could kill people. I really don't fell safe anymore. Who is to say that some sick person could not take those things to any public place and let loose. And as for the people complaining about on-board restrictions, stop being so selfish. Authorities just possibly saved hundreds maybe thousands of lives.
I'm tired of being treating like a criminal in my own country. I haven't flown in years due to all the mess trying to deal with airports. When will we stop letting people that make threats to our country into our country, have we not learned our lesson yet?
All I have heard on the news this morning is people complaining about delays and having to wait in airports because of all of the security checks and "nonsense". I shake my head and think "Thank-god you are alive people!" If it wasn't for "annoying" security checks, these people wouldn't have been caught and the complaining people might have become our next photoboard of loved ones. Stop complaining people and start appreciating the fact that you are alive!
Terrorism is not something we want to accept as a part of this world. But injustice is everywhere. Think of all the civilians killed on a regular basis as a result of this war in the Middle East. The Muslim communities are under as much terrorism themselves, as they create internationally. The innocent population of this world will suffer the consequences of our 'beloved leaders'. All I can hope for is for world leaders to focus on what is right, rather than what fulfills their own administration. Until then, it will be chaos. And what we all have experienced today...is bound to happen on more than several occasions.
This news is disturbing, especially when I work as a flight attendant for a major airline. When I talk to the general public, they seem to think that attacking airplanes is no longer a strategy. They think that terrorists won't do it this way again. I can speak for most crew members and know that we will fight tooth and nail in the event of an attack, but there is no way to fight a hidden explosive except for being vigilant at all times, watching the behavior of people around you when you fly.
The news about the terrorists planning to blow up 10-15 passenger plans mid air has sent a chill down my spine. As has been rightly said in the news report a disaster and human tragedy of unimaginable proportions has been averted by the timely action of Scotland Yard and MI5. The people the world over owe a huge debt of gratitude to men and women working in these agencies.
I'm not flying nor have I just flown. I just want to pass on my words of encouragement to everyone affected by this recent threat. Be Strong! The great thing about the word threat right now is that is exactly that - a threat. The plot was not carried out and people are alive. Our duty as responsible people is to listen to the experts, heed warnings and act upon the instructions. Just be thankful you only had to throw out a bottle of water or shampoo and even more thankful you were alive to use airplane water to mix your child's formula. I'm thankful my world neighbors are still here today even if it's only to complain about inconveniences at the airports. Peace and love.
This news does nothing more than confirm that Al Qaeda is succeeding in paralyzing the US via terrorist attacks (or attempts). They did not succeed in taking lives, but they succeeded by instilling fear in millions of travelers, by causing the American and British governments to scramble with new regulations in light of the uncovered plot, and by inconveniencing travelers for the foreseeable future.
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