Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:11 PM
"On my last business trip I was flying to Austin. I got into the security line and realized I didn't have my wallet. I quickly called my wife and she turned around back to the airport in case my wallet was in the car. Nope. So I had no ID, no credit cards, no cash. And my house is more than 40 minutes from the airport so there was no way to go home and get it in time. What did I do?
I grabbed the $40 in cash my wife had and got on the plane. Yes, that's right. On the plane. Thanks to reading BoingBoing I knew that you don't actually need ID to fly. You just have to be ready for some extra scrutiny. The TSA supervisor gave me a stern lecture, but you could tell she was amused and she was nice about it. They had to call some special number, I had to answer some questions to "prove" who I was, sign an affidavit, submit to secondary screening, and that was it. Even the secondary screener was apologetic when he couldn't find the big stamp they needed to put on my boarding card to say I was clear to fly. My wife found my wallet at home and FedExed it to my hotel. It cost $28, and was at the front desk by 8:30am the next day. Fun stuff!"
Thanks to everyone that entered! I enjoyed reading the stories - some of them gave me a good chuckle. Thanks also to Skooba Design for the donation of this bag. I hope you'll enjoy it Neil!