Friday 8 August 2008

USA: back to the airport

Channel hopping at 4.30am, most news programmes seemed quite normal. Then there was Fox News; 'American tourist killed as Chinese man commits suicide' stated a headline across the bottom of the screen.

A military expert was asked how this reflected on the Chinese government's security at the Olympics. Sadly for the news team, he concluded that this was probabably not an Al Qaeda related incident. The headline changed to read 'Americans attacked... are Americans safe?' I miss Fox News.

At the airport at 6.00am, the queue for United check-in was already snaking outside the terminal. After 30 minutes and almost in the terminal, the chap in front was informed that he was at the wrong terminal. He was remarkably calm. For some reason, I was once again selected for 'special' security screening. Is it me or am I being profiled? Perhaps it is all the sqiggly writing in my passport. And then I get a trainee with a sweaty head.

Five hours to Dulles, Washington with United who, it seems, would be content to put wooden benches in their aircraft if they could get away with it.

Ninety minutes later, we were boarding another United 767 for an 8 hour flight to Zurich. Good grief, $6 for a 'beverage' on a long-haul international flight? The dinner was indescribably poor.


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