It is always somewhat fun to get special attention, but sometimes too much is too much. A guy at London airport looked at me and spit out “random search”. That was just stepping into another row and opening backpack.
Flying from LA to Vegas was another “random search” – a guy with gloves was carefully looking for WMDs.
Of course, why I’m writing this post – in Vegas I got the SSSS tag on my ticket, which meant changing lanes twice and getting into the fancy one – the one with dust particle blowers/analyzers, then each electronics equipment (and I did carry _some_) had to be checked for traces of _something_.
I still have two flights to make – will see how much of random searches I’ll get. Hail Vilnius airport, travel there isn’t that bad. But recently they started to ask to take shoes off too. I wonder how much time will it take for them to fire dust particles as well.
More detailed trip report is still work in progress, but here is what Jens found on flickr (he somehow managed to identify me there). So right, this is how the trip goes:
Woo, had one day (actually one and a half ;-) in London. I had a perfect guide, who could walk fast and show whole center on foot in single afternoon. Of course, Trafalgar square was a must for me (as I’ve read about it in detail more than ten years ago).
We were still walking late at night:
Besides riding double-deckers, we did take a tube, where steep and long spiral staircases are common, if you want to get out. And right, you don’t have to forget you’re in London – taking a minor tube journey may surprise you with heavy shower, though before that you could not see clouds :) Here, we went to British Museum, it’s all wet:
Inside you may spend hours, and variety of cultures represented may force you into deep discussions about all worlds being together (and, heh, Muslim cartoons).. Here, your stairs to the wisdom:
So, next early morning, full of impressions I was riding a cab home…
I always try to get emergency exit seats (not because I’m afraid, though), so every time I have to hear what should I do in case of disaster. This time it was funny:
- Steward: Please follow instructions how to open emergency door in case of disaster
- Me: Oh sure, if windows doesn’t fall off first
- Steward: ?????
- I gently touch the decoration frame around the window and it falls off. Window stays intact.
- Steward: ?!!!?!!!!?
- Me: :-D
In order to talk in UC2006 I have to somehow enter United States. Being from East means you are treated as immigrant, unless you prove you are not. In order to prove that at consulate you have to bring income tax declarations, bank statements, lists of financial transactions and job approvals.
Oddly, for me questions at the consulate were:
- How does MySQL AB generate revenue?
- What is special about MySQL’s products?
Answering those questions seemed to satisfy Uncle Sam. Later I wondered, did they really know or verify, what MySQL is? Asking such questions did seem quite… educated!
So now with my fingerprints stored in databases I’ve got green light to visit US and talk about our experiences there :)