As I mentioned in my last post, I flew from New York to Cincinnati to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. On Wednesday, I finished packing, I posted my blog on traveling, I set up the automatic watering for the plants, and then I headed down and got on the Q to head out to LaGuardia.
Do you know what’s wrong with that sequence?
I wasn’t flying out of LaGuardia. I was flying out of JFK.
I was sitting on the train, reading a book, when I was struck by the feeling that something was wrong. I wondered if perhaps Delta flew out of the Marine Air Terminal,1 in which case I should switch to the F so that I could catch the Q47 instead of taking the Q to the M60. I pulled out the boarding pass I had printed, hoping it might indicate which terminal I needed. The pass didn’t mention terminals, but it very clearly say “Origin: New York-Kennedy.”
Thankfully, I was at 34th when I realized my mistake, so I got off the train at 42nd and switched to the E. (That makes it sound easier than it was: I walked an avenue over underground, climbing various staircases and a random underground hill, dodging lost and slow-moving tourists the whole way.) I lucked out, and the E was arriving just as I reached the platform.
My detour probably only took me fifteen minutes out of my way, which wasn’t catastrophic because I had budgeted plenty of extra time for getting through security. The security line at my terminal at JFK was underwhelming; there were no body scanners or intrusive pat-downs, and everything seemed to be moving relatively smoothly. My biggest problem in the line was the close-stander behind me. In any event, I got the TSA badge on Foursquare:
I managed to arrive in Cincinnati without any other problems, and I had a great time visiting with my family! I’ll post more about it tomorrow. I hope that everyone else had a great holiday!
1 It doesn’t. The Delta Shuttle flies out of the Marine Air Terminal.