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  1. Dec 23, 2004 #1

    Gokul43201

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    After hanging around in the airport, here, for 4 hours (all United flts were canceled because they ran out of de-icer) I was finally made to feel special.

    The TSA guy smiled at me before letting me know that I've been selected for SPECIAL SECURITY DETAILING.

    Thanks, now I feel better
     
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  3. Dec 23, 2004 #2

    loseyourname

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    What airport are you at?
     
  4. Dec 23, 2004 #3

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    ruh roh.. :uhh:
    ok, gang, I think we're gonna have to go to the airport and save Gokul!
     
  5. Dec 23, 2004 #4

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    MIH, you now have an opportunity to use your Weapon of Math Instruction.

    Gokul, I hope you make it home tomorrow.

    Sounds like Chicago's O'Hare (ORD) airport.
     
  6. Dec 23, 2004 #5

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    You don't ever want to get on a plane that I am booked on because there will be some type of major engine malfunction. A four hour flight will be guaranteed to become a two day ordeal where you end up stranded in some rathole the airline books you at to spend the night because by the time you get to the city where you are supposed to change planes, the last flight out has already departed. :mad:

    Any international flight I am on is guaranteed to be a minimum 36 hour ordeal where the first 8 hours is spent sitting on the runway while they repair an engine and won't let anyone off the plane because everyone has already cleared security/customs. The plane will run out of food, beverages and toilet paper 12 hours prior to landing and of course there is a screaming baby sitting directly behind you for all 36 hours. :devil:
     
  7. Dec 23, 2004 #6

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    On the contrary, you'll want to fly with me. The last three times I was upgraded to first class and even got to pre-board once (due to a temporary deafness in one ear). Never been selected for Security Detailing on a plane, but I was selected on a train once, because my ticket was one-way. Strangely enough, it was the DEA that checked me out, and it was during a stop in Albuquerque (the ticket was Fullerton, CA to Newark, NJ).
     
  8. Dec 23, 2004 #7

    Evo

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    From now on I'm flying with you!!! I hope your good luck is strong enough to counter my bad luck.
     
  9. Dec 23, 2004 #8

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    oooohh! :cry: It might be too late. No telling what they've done with Gokul!! :cry: :cry: :cry:
     
  10. Dec 23, 2004 #9

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    What the heck is "special detailing", anyway? Isn't that what they do to cars if you pay extra at the carwash? Are they going to Armor-all poor Gokul?
     
  11. Dec 23, 2004 #10

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    I thought this was where they put on racing stripes or painted flames on the side or added those "ground effect" thingies (I think that's the right technical term).

    But I have a terrible feeling SPECIAL SECURITY DETAILING is going to involve thumbscrews and Donny Osmond records. I just hope Gokul had a chance to hide all his chocolate—you just know those security people will declare it "contraband" then "forget" to fill out the paperwork...

    Poor Gokul! :cry: :cry: Where's Tsu and her flying bus? (De-icer? We don' need no stinkin' de-icer!! :cool: )
     
  12. Dec 23, 2004 #11

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    Hang in there, Gokul! We're coming to save you...eventually. :biggrin:

    (Try not to worry, plover. Maybe Gokul was smart and drugged the chocolates before he got to the airport - for just such a situation..)
     
  13. Dec 23, 2004 #12

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    I'm afraid this involves a type of 'probe' or two... :bugeye:
     
  14. Dec 23, 2004 #13

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    oh, thank heavens - Tsu is here!! Maybe you'd better drive. I'm a nervous wreck!!!
     
  15. Dec 23, 2004 #14

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    Gokul - don't tell them anything!! We're coming!!!
     
  16. Dec 23, 2004 #15
    No matter what kind of torture they use.
     
  17. Dec 24, 2004 #16

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    Gokul, did you make it out yet? I think I was the last of the lucky few to get out yesterday. I've been checking on the status of flights here to find out if I might see my luggage before I return home, and it looks like everything today was cancelled, and they've even already cancelled tomorrow morning's flight, so I decided to suck it up and head to WalMart (the cheap, disposable quality clothing they sell finally has a purpose in my life). I got the storm here today in the form of RAIN, no, not rain, pouring, no not pouring, buckets! I don't even want to think about how much snow is going to be thawed slightly and refrozen as ice on my driveway when I get home. At least the snow shovel is in my car, assuming I can get into the car even! I suspect I'm going to be parking in the street for a while.
     
  18. Dec 24, 2004 #17

    Gokul43201

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    Finally. It took me about 20 hrs to fly from Ohio to California.

    That first post was kinda rushed. I decided, after finding a gazillion people in the bars at the Columbus airport, to spend my 5 bucks of booze money on some internet time instead, and get my PF fix. Didn't realize that when I started that post, I had less than 2 minutes left.

    So, as I was attempting to say before, I, and every single other non-(white Caucasian) was "randomly selected" for special additional security. First I felt like lecturing the TSA guy on what "random" means. Instead, I tried to subtly hint at the low likelihood that I would try to hijack a plane that I had not even originally booked my tickets for. Eventually, I gave up and agreed to let the guy know if I felt he was touching me inappropriately, in sensitive areas.

    This was the first snowstorm of the season, and United "ran out" of de-icer on day 2??!! :confused: What were they thinking ?

    It's past 3 am here (6am, my biological time). I'm going to try and get some sleep.

    Thanks y'all, for rallying around. :smile:

    PS : I flew from Columbus to Chicago to San Jose.
     
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    Quit being non-white then.

    actually I'm about as white as they come and I've never NOT been selected for the random searches.
     
  20. Dec 24, 2004 #19

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    I wonder if Delta has the same problem. Every Delta flight out of Akron is cancelled this morning. Who knows when my daughter will get here!

    Of course, the bright side is that her husband will almost certainly get selected for 'detailing'. He's Albanian. (Ah, I shouldn't say that because .... why should I like him again? :confused: )
     
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  21. Dec 24, 2004 #20

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    Yay! You survived being "secured"!

    I hope you at least got to tell him just how much safer you felt due to his "appropriate" attentions... :rolleyes:
    What? You didn't give him a comparative lecture on random number generators and tips on Monte Carlo methods? It might have put him to sleep, or at least confused him so much he would want to be shut of you. Being a physics student has to be good for something...
    Um, maybe, "if we all believe really hard that we're in Miami, we won't need any"?

    (As opposed to Tsu, who doesn't need any due to her exquisite bus piloting abilities...)
     
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